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I’ve been so busy juggling three or four major projects, but this is what I want to focus on this week:

-The smocked dresses. With their jackets. I know I’m insane. This is what the bishop is looking like, hand-pleating done and pre-blocked:

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-I also would like to make Apple-picking dresses for my two girls out of this lovely pinwheel fabric.

-Baby shower gifts for a friend. So far, the thought is to make big brother/little brother matching shirt/onesie.

-I want to make a Crepe dress for me. I even have the fabric. What I don’t have is the time 😉

What’s on your plate this week?

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It’s finally finished! And I am so pleased with the results. I have never *ever* worked on such an ambitious project, and I feel so happy I stuck with it and got it done. Thank you, Tasia, for such an awesome pattern and sewalong!

Materials: red wool crepe; lining: print quilting cotton, both from www.fabric.com I got the notions through Amazon, if you can believe it. It was great, I did not have to go anywhere!

Adjustments: The only adjustment I did on it was shorten the sleeves. Oh, and I did not add Velcro to the pockets.

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Notes about the fabric: It was great to sew with these two fabrics. They are both very forgiving when it comes to using your seam-ripper. The wool does not press well, but I was okay with that. Such a lovely color! It is the perfect fall/spring weight.

Difficulties: Stitching in the ditch and the final hem were the hardest for me. They look a bit wonky, but not too bad considering… I was scared to sew in the zippers, but everything turned out great. Tasia’s instructions on the pattern are absolutely fabulous.

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Techniques learned: I am not rembering the proper names for these right now, but I learned so many things! The most important lesson was to take my time preparing to sew– it is so worth it in the end! I also learned neat techniques for attaching lining, new ways of transferring pattern markings, the meaning of stitching in the ditch, a review of slipstitching, among others. It was great!

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Favorite features: I love everything about this jacket but, especially, the raglan sleeves with gathers, and the cinched waist. Gorgeous! My four-year-old asked me if she could get this jacket when she grows up 😉

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Thanks again, Tasia, for such a fun sewalong!

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I love smocked garments, but their price has always been a turndown. For a while, I have been meaning to smock something of my own, but I thought I could not do it because I lacked the fancy equipment. I did not want to dismiss my dream so easily, but I looked for instructions high and low and it was very difficult finding any.

And then I found this article on Marie Grace Designs. Here was the answer!

I have finally gathered the courage (and supplies) and started pleating. This is what the back looks like:

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And this is it, threads pulled:

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I am still working on the rows I need, so have not blocked it yet. This is my very first time doing this, so it is a work in progress but, at least, it looks like it might work!

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I am currently working on

-Smocked Easter dresses from Sew Cute Couture

-Still knitting the socks.

-Still working on the Minoru.

-various baby shower gifts that are still in the concept phase (more to come)

-Spring wardrobe planning for me and the girlies

(A peek at my gorgeous fabric).

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Hope you are having a good Monday!

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Mini Art Folios

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I recently made these cute mini art folios to give as favors for my daughter’s “birthday playdate.” the pattern is by Ginger Cake and I actually loved sewing these. I have made both the regular size folio and the mini folio and have received many compliments on them.

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Pattern Review
I love this pattern. The instructions are very well written, with many pictures to help visualize what you are actually supposed to do. It sews up quickly and, if you have many to make, I recommend setting up a serialized operation where you cut, “fuse,” iron, and sew. It is an easy craft that provides a lovely, practical, useful result.

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A few months ago, I wrote about how I began making my own liquid hand soap. I love doing it, and recently found a new recipe that gives me an even better consistency in the final product.

Here is what my batch looked like by the time it had cooled:

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I had to use a handheld mixer to make it a liquid again and, so far, I am very pleased with the results.

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This time I just made a small drawstring pouch to put them in. I love making this project; it is a quick, easy, and very inexpensive gift.

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