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Happy Fall, everyone! I have been waiting for this since fall ended last year and I could not be more excited. Among the fall projects I would love to tackle is, of course, Elsie Marley’s Kids Clothes Week Challenge I have dreamed of participating for so long, but the timing always seemed to be off. It still is this year, but I am determined!

I would also like to try embroidering a fall kitchen towel, maybe making a table runner for the living room… I have some baby projects that I should be tackling, like sewing my diaper bag, or recovering my car seat (which is pink!) but I have not been brave enough to try. What projects are calling your name?

This week I am working on pants for my girls. I am using the After-school pants pattern by Oliver + S that I have had since last year! This is the second O+ S pattern I use, and it is an absolute dream. What a joy to watch the garment come to be! So easy! So cute!

Something I have learned these past couple of weeks as I have been sewing is that it’s all in the details. Let me show you:

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Look at that shot of my pants; one side is top-stitched, the other one isn’t. I cannot believe that something so simple as taking the few minutes to topstitch that pair of pants would make such a difference, but it does! If I am already spending all the effort to sew up the pants, why not do my best? It was a big revelation for me this week. Sewing is a labor of love, and I can really make it count as I try hard to 1) follow instructions and not be rushed, and 2) take my time! (which is the same as # 1, but I am so impatient and need a reminder).

So, for me that meant that my girls went to the birthday party without wearing a new outfit. And that was okay! By the time I am done with these pants they will have something comfortable and beautiful to wear that we will all feel so happy with, and that is what counts.

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There’s another picture of the view of the pockets. This is the cutest pair of pants you ever did see!

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Fantasizing and daydreaming about upcoming projects is a favorite pastime of mine. Here I share what’s been on my mind lately, hoping to make these come to reality!

1. Being more intentional about learning with my girls. This week, I received More Story Stretchers and Story Stretchers for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos, which I am hoping to begin on Monday. Now, the trick will be to conduct two craft activities with two children at the same time…

2. Minoru sewalong! Tasia is wonderful and this sewalong has been incredibly fun.

3. Planning a Spring wardrobe. Inspiration here, here, and here. What are, really, the basics in a spring wardrobe? Growing up in a place where the seasons were practically nonexistent, seasonality is a concept that both fascinates and bewilders me. I’m having fun exploring all the options.

4. Developing your personal style. Loved this post by Sarai of Colette Patterns, this one by the Cottage Mama, and this one by the talented Kristin, from Skirt as Top. Great thoughts!

5. Loving these patterns: Tee, Made by Rae, and this Tunic, by Shwin & Shwin, and Sweet Little Dress, by Leila and Ben. Gorgeous all!

Lastly, I’ve been wondering if I’m brave enough to smock an Easter dress. Or two.

Have a good weekend, all!

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Monday Focus

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This week I’ll be focusing on finishing all my random crafting projects before I have to pack my sewing machine for the move. I have so many projects, it will be interesting to see which get finished…

The above is a picture of the fabrics I am using for my daughters’ Christmas picture outfits. That is one project I definitely need to finish! I ordered fabric from Fabric.com and was very satisfied with the service. I’ll be ordering from them again!

What projects are on your to-do list? What are your go-to fabric sources?

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