general adventures in craftiness

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Another One Bites the Dust

Just received an email that another one of my favorite local boutiques is closing. Amalee is shutting its doors and all stuff is on sale now. Get the full story here.

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Colette Patterns

I'm excited to check out this new line of sewing patterns called Colette Patterns from local PDX designer Sarai Mitnick. First on my list is Parfait, a cute pinafore-style sundress. These patterns should be out at the end of this week. [via The Archer]

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Sad News

Olio United sent out an email yesterday notifying people that their storefront is closing. However, there will still be an online shop. I loved this store. They had a well edited selection of unique clothing and accessories. Get more information from this article.

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Over the Top Tunic/Dress

I finally got around to making this dress this afternoon. I love how it turned out! The pattern directions are very simple and easy to follow and there were only seven pieces to cut out. I did not add the pockets. The dress is sleeveless, but when it is on, you get a sort of cap sleeve effect. I also like the addition of the belt, so that you can have a more fitted silhouette. I may have to make the tunic version of this top too. I definitely recommend this pattern.

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Honeycomb Vest Back

Finished the back of the vest yesterday afternoon. I think I'll have time to cast on for the front later today. The back took a little bit longer than I anticipated because I was using a cable needle for the stitch pattern most of the time. However, Once I figured out how to forego the cable needle, the project sped up.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

More Sewing to Do

I first saw the Cynthia Rowley Simplicity tunic pattern via Craft. When I searched the Simplicity website, she had three other patterns too. I ended up buying these three. I like the simple lines of her styles. I want to make 2584 first, the dress that's featured on the model. I'm not sure if I want a solid fabric with some texture or a print. A trip to Fabric Depot this weekend is in order!

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Over the Top Tunic & Liberty Fabric

After seeing this Over the Top tunic pattern over at Spool Sewing, I thought the sleeveless version would be great for spring and summer. I headed over to the Bolt sale this weekend and they had the pattern in stock. I snatched it up and looked over all the fabric about three or four times before I finally decided on this Liberty Caesar print, which happened to be 20% off. I only needed one and a half yards, so it was very affordable. There is actually a belt for the tie-back waistline, so that's why I also bought the horn buckle.

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Dress for Spring

This dress is from A Fortes Design by Janessa Bautista, a local independent designer who recently moved to PDX from New York. It's made from hemp silk and I love the simple lines and clever gathering at the neck and waist. I dig the on seam slit pockets too with the button closure and contrasting fabric. This dress is from the fall/winter 08 collection and was at a sample sale at Olio United last weekend. I was lucky enough to purchase the last one! I can't wait to wear it when we get some warmer weather again.

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Monday, April 06, 2009

The Nines

B and I spent the weekend at the Nines downtown, so I didn't have much time for knitting, though I did bring it with me.

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