Double Dog Dare You

My pal, the ever and always talented Gillian, dared me to post two truths and a lie for all my readers to guess. Who is this bird, really? You may well wonder.

As I am relaxing, having chai while my husband chases our kiddo around, I ponder the various outlandish things I have gotten myself into. I feel like I have lead both a wild adventure and a tragically boring life. There is much to consider.

I have spent the rainy morning trimming up a paper pattern to make my brother a long over due birthday present, a custom wool shirt. I purchased the Thread Theory Strathcona Henley and the New Castle Cardigan as soon as I learned of this company, and have been eagerly watching the new patterns arrive over the past many months. The Comox trunks and pants, peacoat and Finlayson are so gorgeous. They are very woodsy and Pacific Northwest (or, Canadian?) that I just want to make them all! So here I am, trimming and trimming away at a huge pattern.

Thread Theory Strathcona Henley, in a wool blend jersey by Bird and Bicycle

Trimming away is something I am forever doing. I always have a half filled box to donate with clothes or books or toys. I give freely of material objects the instant I am done with them, much to the chagrin of my parents when I was young, and now my husband. You may recall I started this blog over three years ago, but deleted a couple years of posts, trimming them away too. I have focused the past few years delving deep into motherhood, and letting go of things that are no longer important. My values have honed in, my emotions reigned. There is a level of focus in my creativity and in my daily living that is keeping me at a current level of motion, a constant state of gathering and giving. And today, I find myself creating this shirt to give to my brother (one of two, the younger.)

Thread Theory Strathcona Henley, in a wool blend jersey by Bird and Bicycle

Note my undisguised Dr. Pepper soda and my oh so fancy “pattern weights” in the picture above? My toddler’s puzzle pieces make the perfect weights. I long ago meant to buy washers and make them pretty with ribbon like so many have done, but I already have a sewing studio full of tools, but the ones with multi-uses are the ones that stay.

Well, without further ado, let’s begin.

1. I spent three months eating every type of cheesecake offered on the menu at the Cheesecake Factory in downtown Seattle. My favorite is still pumpkin.

2. I have climbed up thousands of hand carved steps on a monastery mountain peak in China, sleeping on stone slab beds and eating cup o’ noodles.

3. I spent hours studying and translating the Elvish languages from Lord of the Rings / Middle Earth, specifically Sindarin to translate poetry.

Well go ahead and leave your guess below! For funsies I will dare Sew Brooke and Stacey Sews (but only play if you want.)

It seems to have taken me all day to both finish this wearable muslin and this blog post. I get distracted admiring my own coverstitch machine’s fancy twin needle lines. They look so professional, and I feel like I am a big cheat!

Thread Theory Strathcona Henley, in a wool blend jersey by Bird and Bicycle

 

Thanks for reading as always!

MaLora

TNT, You’re dynamite!

A Cake Patterns Tiramisu dress, only my second one, but this pattern is just so spot on it’s my second TNT! What I like about this pattern, is you can completely change the dress’s feelings using a variety of fabrics. This is a rayon blend metallic pin dot with the bands on the neckline and arm, being the same fabric turned right side in. Add heels (gifted from a darling friend!) and a side swept hair style and BAM! I am ready for cocktails. Sidecar, anyone?

Tiramisu in pindot by Bird and Bicycle

Tiramisu in pindot by Bird and Bicycle

Ah, yes. The drape of fabric. How neatly it hangs in pleasant folds.

Tiramisu in pindot by Bird and Bicycle

The wind caught the skirt and clearly shows the neat hemline. How did I ever survive without my coverstitch? (Secret: I just never hemmed. Double needle topstitching was crap-tastic with my Brother no matter what combination of thread, needles and fabric I tried.)

Tiramisu in pindot by Bird and Bicycle

 

Super stoked about this dress, and I expect (nay, demand?!) a fancy date night with my darling husband soon.

 

Love,

 

MaLora

PS: I can’t see or say TNT without singing to myself!

 

Renfrew, the 5th

Another day, another Renfrew. I just love this top. I think this is my 5th but there could be more of them in my closet. This is my last piece of fabric from Pacific Fabrics. It’s a rayon poly blend with an oatmeal and navy stripe. I was meticulous about matching the strips along the side seams and am quite pleased with my results. For this Renfrew, I raised the neckline an inch for a “playground appropriate” neckline so that when I pick up and carry by kid around my ladies stay undercover.

Renfrew Pattern by Sewaholic made by Bird and Bicycle

As my previous post yesterday (a Renfrew Tank Top pattern alteration) mentioned, I am sewing up what I call, casual sews. However, the key to understanding them is that they fit better than any ready to wear casual clothing could fit. So I feel at my best, even just hanging around the house.
Renfrew Pattern by Sewaholic made by Bird and Bicycle

Or even pretending I am in Charlie’s Angels. I so wish I was that cool. Derp Derp Derp*.

Renfrew Pattern by Sewaholic made by Bird and Bicycle

The shoulder seam strip alignment was off because I didn’t line up the stripes at the exact stitch line, but instead at the edge of the fabric. (As you may know, stripes and curves do not align!) You can see it’s just about a centimeter off, my seam allowance. Ugh, well, there is next time.

Renfrew Pattern by Sewaholic made by Bird and Bicycle

 

Are you paying attention? See my garden clipping pile is getting bigger! I care for the good part of the plants, but ignore the waste. Instead I am sewing, which is way better, right?

 

Love and Happiness,

MaLora

 

*Derp.