I am no longer afraid of making pants. Am I itching to whip up another pair of jeans? Absolutely not. It takes for-ev-er. The denim you buy has got to be perfect. Topstitching is tedious. But I can honestly say that I enjoyed the experience of sewing my first pair of jeans. And they actually fit!
We hiked, we kayaked, we swam, we lounged, we drank tropical drinks, and we forded a creek in a Rav 4 (before the drinking, of course). We saw monkeys, iguanas, horses, a coati—essentially a Costa Rican raccoon, and SO MANY DOGS. And yes, I got hit in the face by a surfboard. (I’m fine.)
Form-fitting one day, baggy the next. I don’t discriminate when it comes to winter dresses. The Lola Dress from Victory Patterns is quite a departure from last week’s curve-hugging Neenah Dress. A girl can only feel like sausage meat inside a casing for so long before she needs to break freeeee!
Here’s a quick summary of Seamwork for those with no clue what it is:
- Seamwork is a monthly online sewing magazine ($6/month) published by the folks at Colette Patterns.
- Articles includes profiles, Q&As, sewing advice columns, step-by-step tutorials, pattern styling tips, personal essays, homemade beauty product recipes, fabric advice, etc.
- Each issue has a theme (Issue No. 26’s is “Back to Basics”) and includes two new sewing patterns (PDF only). The patterns reflect the theme and are designed to be relatively easy, fast projects.
- Your subscription includes 2 Seamwork credits per issue. Seamwork patterns cost 1 credit, and PDF Colette patterns cost 3 credits.
2016 was not a good year for celebrities or U.S. democracy. I’m not going to beat a dead horse about that one. The year 2016 was, however, a pretty productive year for me. I’ll get to my favorite sewing projects of the last year in a bit.
Capturing black on camera is hard. Getting good photos in the winter in Chicago is the pits. But here we are, snowfall and all, because I want to share at least one sewing project before the polar vortex sets in.
What would the holidays be without some bubbly with friends, or a Manhattan after dinner, or your annual glass of eggnog, or one glass of wine too many at the office party? I enjoy a good cocktail any time of year, but there’s something extra special about mixing up an old standby—or experimenting with new ingredients—during the holiday season. And if you have friends or family who partake, you can never go wrong by giving the gift of good alcohol.