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    Spring Palette Challenge Week Ten! Phew, I’m done!

    Folks, I’m pretty shocked. I actually managed to finish all of the garments I planned for my Spring Palette Challenge within the ten week time frame. I’m pretty proud of myself. These shorts were my final project, and I finished them last week. I love them! The pattern is an out of print vogue pattern …

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    Spring Palette Challenge Week Nine

    I’m a little bit behind on my Spring Palette Challenge. I took a detour from it last week to work on a special sewing project that I’ll be telling you more about this week. But on Sunday I finally had a chance to get some photos of me in my new Daisy Dress! The fabric …

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    Spring Palette Challenge Week Six!

    Wow, we’re heading into week six of the Spring Palette Challenge. I have to admit, I haven’t done much sewing this week. I’ve had some major things going on… good things! Kenn and I are in the process of buying our first home! We’ve had a lot of bad luck in searching for a house, …

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    Spring Palette Challenge Week Five!

    How are you doing on the Spring Palette Challenge? This is my second garment, which I made in a white eyelet I’ve had for ages, lined in a light cream cotton, and finished with bias tape at the neckline. I was originally going to make it sleeveless, but decided short little sleeves would showcase the …

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    Spring Palette Challenge Week Four!

    Can you believe we’re already heading into week four of the Spring Palette Challenge? Yeesh. No need to feel you’re behind, though. After all, we’ve only had one week of sewing so far. So here’s my blouse! It’s juuuust about done. After my button conundrum last week, I finally found what I think will be …

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    Spring Palette Inspiration From Welsh Pixie

    Hello, my name’s Toria and I blog over at Welsh Pixie. When Sarai mentioned her spring colour palette challenge it sounded like a great idea and I immediately started daydreaming about pastels, barely there shades and neutrals all ready for Spring. I’d recently discovered Lola’s Room on Etsy and it was the photographs available in …

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    Spring Palette Challenge Week Three: Time to Sew!

    For those of you following along with the Spring Palette Challenge, it’s time to get sewing! I hope you’ve had a chance to brainstorm your palette and pick your sewing projects. The only thing left is to get cracking. Admittedly, I haven’t done any sewing yet. But this is the fabric for my first project! …

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    Sarai’s Spring Palette Challenge Plan

    So here’s my rough plan for what I want to sew. Shorts: I’d like to do some cuffed shorts. Not too short, not too long, not too tight, not too loose. I anticipate I’ll do a fair bit of fitting on this one. I have a lovely coral twill I bought last week. I’m planning …

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    Spring Palette Inspiration from Christine Haynes

    Hi! I’m Christine Haynes. I run my little eponymous company in Los Angeles where I teach sewing at Sew LA and The Urban Craft Center, write for various magazines about sewing, and sew clothing and accessories from my studio. You might know me from my book, Chic & Simple Sewing, which is sewing book for …

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    Spring Palette Challenge Phase Two: Plan Your Projects

    {image from The Mode in Costume} Ok guys, we’re now starting the second week of the Spring Palette Challenge. This week is all about planning out your projects. By the way, feel free to play fast and loose with this schedule. I know some of you have already started sewing. I just wanted to set …

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    Sarai’s Spring Palette

    Here’s my Spring palette. To come up with these, I thought about my favorite colors (I love what I think of as ice cream colors), the things I really wear, and what will go with the rest of my wardrobe. I’ve long wanted more white in my wardrobe for the warm weather months, so this …

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    Spring Palette Challenge Phase One: Define Your Challenge

    {photo inspiration above: from the Rachel Ashwell boutique, by Jessica of Such Pretty Things} It’s time to kick off the Spring Palette Challenge! If you missed it, this is a ten week challenge for choosing a Spring color palette, and sewing a mini seasonal wardrobe from it. For the next week, we’re defining what our …

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    Welcome to the Spring Palette Challenge

    {photo of the lovely Carlie in Eclair by the talented Lisa Warninger} Welcome to the Spring Palette Challenge, a 10 week challenge for creating a mini seasonal wardrobe based around your favorite color palette for Sring 2011! The idea is very simple. You choose an inspiring palette for Spring, then you sew a tiny wardrobe …

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    Rachel in Nutmeg

    I wasn’t planning a real post before the holiday, but I just had to share these beautiful images of our very own Rachel in her version of Nutmeg, from Casey’s blog. Check out the whole post to see Rachel’s beautiful creation.

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    Negronis are rolling in

    I had to share some of the first Negroni versions to be posted to the Flickr group! This one is from Melissa. I really like the diagonal cuffs and pockets with the small check. It looks so crisp. This next one is from Shelly of Figgy’s, who mentioned that “he said this was the best …

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    Macaron with a sheer yoke

    I guess I’m on a bit of a Macaron kick, but I just had to post this variation that Meghan emailed me! She used a sheer tulle for the top yoke and of course made it sleeveless. She says, “It’s a little variation on the strapless dresses that always slip down on me!” So creative. …

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    Macarons in Red, Black, and White

    So many pretty Macarons in red, black, and white have been popping up lately! I love the trio of dresses above from The Long & Winding Bobbin, including two pretty Macarons and a Ceylon. Then there is this lovely red and polka dot number from Elena. I love it with the brooch. How about this …

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    Darling Dainties: Cast your vote, pick a winner!

    I can’t even tell you how hard it was to pick finalists from all of the entries. The ideas were so diverse and cool, that I couldn’t bring myself to pick just three. So I upped it to five finalists. You can click each one to see the original entry, if you like. Please vote …

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    Self-Stitched-September: Join Us!

    Some of you made already be aware of the Me-Made-May challenge that I wrote about on this blog back in April. Initially created as way to expand upon my personal Me-Made-March challenge, Me-Made-May took on a life of its own! Over 80 members of the sewing community participated by challenging themselves to wear their handmade …

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    A bit of Rooibos

    We’re working on getting the gallery updated, but just had to share some lovely Rooibos dresses with you. this first one is from Rachel and I can’t tell you how beautiful I think she looks in it. She’s also blogged about it here. Amelie posted this photo in the Colette Patterns Flickr group, which looks …

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    Pattern Variations

    This weekend I undertook the interesting (to me) task of laying out all my me-made garments in preparation for my Me-Made-May challenge. I’ve never seen them altogether before, and was surprised to see how many ‘multiples’ I’d created. By that I mean garments that used the same pattern for their creation, either ‘straight up’ or …