GIVEAWAY: great spring destash, day 1 (closed)

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let the games begin!  as promised, i have STACKS of fabric set aside to hand out.  i tried to organize it in some way today, and it looks like i have enough to post for several days.  my plan is to just keep the giveaways posted until all the stacks are up for grabs, then i will announce the winners all at once and ship all at once to save myself some trips to the post office, in roughly one week.  when i get to the last stack, i will notify in the post how long you have to leave a comment before the giveaways close.  the only other rules are as follows:

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grainline scout tee, two ways

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has it already been two weeks since i showed my face here?  we are busy as ever, but i was struck down yesterday with a nasty stomach bug going around…so now that i’m temporarily bedridden, i can do some blogging!  a couple of weeks ago i got very motivated to start crafting a new 2014 wardrobe.  i have quite a lot of fabric to sew through, a plethora of patterns i want to try out, and frankly, sewing for myself is much more rewarding than sewing for the kids, who aren’t interested in what i make for them anyway.  similarly, i think there’s a good market for handmade women’s clothing, and people are perhaps less conscientious about what they buy for babies, i don’t know.  the point being, eventually i’d like to expand mohr studio into women’s clothing.  i have a long way to go in terms of pattern development and sewing skill, but the upshot of this of course is that i can experiment heavily on myself! Continue reading

art fair preview #3!

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well you guys, art fair is nearly upon us!  and we are all but ready.  the photo above doesn’t even include teri’s stuff…so much for being short on inventory (booth is 4×8′!).  after returning back to my sewing room and getting my bearings about me a few weeks ago, i blazed through the several remaining projects i had cut.  fortunately, my mom had an extended visit with us, so i was able to move very quickly in spite of a wave of fevers and malaise moving through our family and reese developing severe insomnia (not in that order).  it was basically intolerable for two weeks, but seems to have mostly resolved by sticking the kids in the same room at night.  now there’s literally nothing they don’t do together.  anyway, i initially thought i would regroup and do more sewing (boy pants?  more home decor or accessories?  more jersey?), but i took about a week’s break or so to attend to the business side of selling crafts.  turns out, that’s quite a task if you’re starting from scratch!  after a fair amount of research, filing, registering, establishing, and branding, i’m happy to say i am legally open for business.  i can even take credit cards! Continue reading

kcw project 1 and art fair preview 2

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hi everyone!  coming up for air again very briefly to share some projects.  you all know my deep loyalty for kcw (and every time i visit the site, i am blown away by how much it’s expanding…way to go, meg!), but when i saw the dates this year, i knew it wasn’t meant to be.  i had vowed to do nothing but art fair projects until december, with the exception of using kcw as a break to do some fun sewing for my own kids.  but, this is a crazy week for us as we’re leaving early thursday to fly back to michigan for my cousin’s wedding.  i have the distinct honor of making the canopy under which they’ll be wed, which ended up taking waaaaaaaaay longer than i anticipated (it’s both top secret and so giant i can’t take photos quite yet, but will try to snap some on the big day). Continue reading

stripey peplum

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i jumped on the peplum craze full force in the last couple of weeks, which can only mean it’s probably on the way out since i tend to be behind the times (to put it mildly).  anyway, i think they’re cute, and it turns out they’re fairly easy to make.  i ordered quite a bit of this striped jersey from girl charlee awhile back thinking it was something else.  i’m not crazy about it, but it’s very thin, incredibly soft, and i’ll never let stripes go to waste, so it seemed a perfect medium for some peplum experimentation. Continue reading

grainline split back tank

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guys, i have officially caught the self sewing fever.  notice, i’m not referring to it as “selfish” anymore.  some very interesting things are happening as a result.  first, my wardrobe is growing faster than it has in several years.  i’m not a big clothes person, but my fever is resulting in at least one garment per week…far more than i’d ever shop for.  it’s the most productive fever ever.  second, i’m becoming a better dresser.  similar to when i began sewing more confidently for the kids, it’s been a weird transition into realizing i actually can wear what i sew, rather than treat all the pieces as ugly, failed experiments.  i have to consciously divert my attention each morning from my typical ratty tee shirt and $5 jersey gaucho pants that haven’t been cool since i bought them in 2005 that compose my summer uniform and say to myself no, you are a respectable adult, and you can wear this sweet linen shirt hanging in your closet with the aligned stripes and contrast binding.  now put it on and go stare at a waterfall, why don’t you. Continue reading

a whole lot of dresses

IMG_2175 and one tank.  i know it’s a tall order, but after a little thought and a lot of sewing, i’ve decided to blog about all my jersey dresses in one giant post rather than split them into several shorties.  i already have a few new garments finished and even photographed, and i don’t want the old blog to get backed up as i flit feverishly from one project to the next as i’m prone to do. as usual, i’m telling myself there isn’t a whole lot to say about these dresses, but i know i always manage to find plenty to say about everything.  so, if you get bored, you can just look at the pictures (with a higher than average amount of photo bombing). Continue reading

geranium #6: dress shirt geranium

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you guys, i almost forgot about geranium week.  i’m obviously so invested in my own series.  but…i did my skirt post yesterday and our family is on a trip right now in santa cruz (beautiful), and i’m currently trying to wrap my mind around how i might quilt my biggest ever project while sitting on the floor in front of a knee height coffee table, since that’s the only table where we’re staying.  but i transported my entire sewing room here, so I WILL BE SEWING, even if i permanently hunch my spine in the process.  i’ll let you know how that goes.  in the meantime, on with the geraniums! Continue reading

geranium week, 2013!

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welcome to geranium week, 2013!  this is a personal series i’m running, party of one, to showcase this awesome, versatile pattern.  if you’re a children’s clothing aficionado and/or read this blog, it’s highly unlikely this is the first you’re hearing of it, but in case you’d like to get some info directly from the source, you can read about it/purchase it from the talented rae here.  also, do you like my sweet, off center graphic above that i made in 5 minutes because i thought this post was too text heavy?  i like to look at it and tell myself that one day in the near future, i will scoff nostalgically at my graphic design ineptitude.  but really, it probably won’t get much better than this folks.  so perhaps i should stick to sewing.   Continue reading

kcw withdrawal: two for the road?

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i thought i’d be overly ripe for a break from sewing at the end of this past week, but as it turns out, such was not the case.  given my absurd degree of preparation, variation of projects, and strict daily schedule of tasks, i ended the week with plenty of both finished garments and energy.  and after cleaning my craft room and catching up on laundry (to the extent it’s usually caught up, i.e. 50%), never one to spend a nap time idly, i found that i just wanted to sew some more! Continue reading