Sunday, August 3, 2014

golden rippy delilah top

When Rachel from Golden Rippy put out a call for ladies to hop on her Delilah blog tour, I jumped at the chance.

This versatile top appealed to me because I'm a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl.  It looked like a cute and comfortable staple for fall that could easily be dressed up or down, depending on the fabric used and accessories added.  Furthermore, I've never sewn with knits and have never made an article of clothing for myself, so it was a welcome challenge.

I ordered a few different fabrics online; however, there was a delay in the shipment. In a panic, I ran to JoAnn Fabric last night with my husband and little one in tow and quickly grabbed 2 yards of a lightweight, gray knit.

Aside from the pattern cutting and taping, it took me about two hours total to snip and sew this top.  It is a great beginner pattern because it has just a few pieces to assemble and the sleeves are built in like a dolman, making it less daunting.  The instructions are easy to follow with illustrations included, and the sizes range from XXS-XL.  It allows for either short or half sleeves, as well as the option to add a flower or bow.  I opted for the shorter sleeves and omitted the embellishments to keep it simple.

I'm happy to say it lived up to the hype.  I'm still nursing my 9-month old and don't fit into many of my pre-pregnancy shirts.  This top is comfortable, forgiving and still allows me to feel put together.  I'm expecting my fabric order early next week, and cannot wait to stitch up a few more of these in different colors!

Want to try making one of your own?  Enter for your chance to win two of Rachel's patterns via the Rafflecopter.  Or you can purchase one in her shop; all patterns are on SALE until the blog tour ends on August 6th.

In the meantime,  check out all the other ladies who are sewing their own Delilahs in an attempt to inspire you some more:

Monday- July 28
Tuesday- July 29
Wednesday- July 30
Thursday- July 31
Friday- Aug 1
Saturday- Aug 2
Sunday- Aug 3
Monday- Aug 4
Tuesday- Aug 5
Wednesday- Aug 6

Friday, August 1, 2014

a picture post

As noted in my previous post, I have spent little time creating these days, hence some smaller, simpler projects.

Tea towels and onesies embellished with scrappy camera appliques...



My first time attempting a string quilt block out of scraps, which turned into four...





Pre-cuts assembled into a simple quilt top...




It's a start, right?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

a need unfulfilled, but time well spent

Being creative is a necessity in my life.
It brings me to a calmer state and makes me feel satisfied, sometimes even euphoric.

It's funny how I used to complain that I never had time to do anything.

In hindsight I had all the time in the world, but never used it wisely.

With an active little one, I no longer have creative time, unless I can manage to stay up well after she finally goes to sleep.  Usually, though, my bed lures me in and another idea never has a chance to flourish.

Ideas, ideas.
I'm full of them.

A low-volume, queen size quilt for our bedroom.
An alphabet I-Spy quilt for Sophie.
Pretty little dresses for bean.
A few comfy tops for me.
Some applique items for my shop.
Some paper piecing projects for the house.
Pillows for our living room.
Baby gifts for expecting friends.

The list is endless.

I give credit to the women out there who somehow manage to successfully juggle a career, their passion to create, and their families.  My type B personality just isn't disciplined enough.

In the meantime I complete smaller, simpler projects during those late night hours in an attempt to still fulfill that yearning.  While I'm not challenging myself as much or sewing as often as I'd like, I'm thankful for the rare opportunities I do have.

My priority is my family and watching Sophia grow and change daily is a precious gift.  She occupies most of my time these days, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

I'm incredibly grateful.

My time is well spent.