Lazy Saturdays

lumme skirtlumme skirt detailsA little while ago, Named asked me if I wanted to try out a pattern from their dreamy new collection. Named is quite possibly my favorite pattern shop at the moment, so after I did I happy dance in front of my computer and threw in a few fist pumps, I politely said yes to their email. The pattern I choose was the pleated lumme skirt. At the time of publishing, I claim this as my favorite skirt pattern.

I’ve been really going over my wardrobe recently, and I’ve decided I need more mom-friendly skirts and dresses. Clothing that I can get down on the floor and play and get sticky finger prints all over. This skirt, my friend, fits that bill. It’s suuuuper comfy, long enough to sit on the floor, and bonus! I feel cute in it. I made it out of some delicious Lotta Jansdotter cotton fabric. The orange is a bit hard to coordinate colors with. It can go Halloweeny very easily. But I don’t care. I still love it. I’ve already worn it three times and will probably wear it again tomorrow.

So the pattern! It’s a great one! The lumme skirt pattern is simple. It’s a basic skirt with a couple swoon worthy design elements. It has a beautiful pleated waistband and a great, thick turnup at the hem. I have a couple modifications I’m dying to tryout: adding pockets to the side seams, color blocking the hem. This pattern would look great in a variety of fabrics. Named patterns are definitely not for beginner sewers. The layout of the patterns can be a bit confusing and the instructions are written for those that are comfortable sewing. If you’re skill level is higher, I recommend you try them out. I’ve now made two of their patterns, and so far, I’ve not had to alter the fitting on either. I like that. Haha! The other pattern I used was the Tyler Shirt. I used it for one of my looks for Project Sewn and love it like crazy. Next on my to-make list from them is the Halava Parka. Dreamy. Have you tried any patterns from Named? What did you make?

Processed with VSCOcam with m3 presetThe past few months have been a whirlwind for myself and my little family and I thought it would be fun to tell you all what’s been going on in our world. Our lives have been jam-packed with great things. Very great things, but very tiring things! At the beginning of fall, we sold our home, put everything in storage, moved in with my parents, and waited for our new home to finish being built. It’s crazy because we moved into our new home at the very end of November and I feel like I’m now, in February, finally getting my feet back under myself. Big sigh of relief.life2Those months living at my parents were hard. Not bad, but hard. My parents are super amazing and were so helpful! Living in limbo while taking care of an extremely active little boy in a very non-baby proofed house took a bit of a toll on me. By the time our house was almost finished, I was cracking. But we made it! We moved into our new home at the very end of November! I can’t tell you haw amazing it felt to finally have keys that were ours and didn’t belong to the builders. It was definitely worth all the hard work and long months and am so grateful for the help from family we had.life3Once we moved in, I thought things would calm down a bit. I was wrong.  With this adorable, active child, unpacking took longer than anticipated. On top of everything, it was the middle of the holidays, which meant all the fun festivities that went along with it. And Mason’s work gets crazy at the end of the year, so we didn’t get to see much of him, and when we were with him, we were at family Christmas events. In reality, we didn’t get around to really unpacking until January. And then we got sick. Oh boy did we get it. It was the sickest Max has been in his short life. It broke my heart. We spent the days watching Yo Gabba Gabba and cuddling on the couch. I’ll take the cuddling any day, but I can definitely do without being sick.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetBut now, boxes are unpacked, things are mostly put away (let’s not talk about the garage until the end of spring, mmkay?), we’re healthy, and we’re getting a routine down around here. My studio (I have a new studio!) is finally set up and projects are going (the first one was getting my pattern shop set up!). I’m slowly getting pictures hung up and are making plans for future house projects. I mentioned in my 2014 goals, I planned to have more fun. At this moment, I feel like that’s a goal that’s coming to fruition. And goodness it feels good. This house is becoming our home and it’s been a whole lotta fun. (All pictures are from my Instagram account. Username @lazykrista)

P.S. You guys! Thank you SO MUCH for the kind words and purchases of my first sewing pattern! Today is the last day to use the code finally15 to get 15% off Jenny’s Purse Pattern!  I can’t wait to see what you are making with the pattern! Also, if you checked out the shop earlier from a tablet or phone and couldn’t see this pictures, that has been fixed :)

 

pursenowavailableYou Guys!!! My pattern shop is FINALLY open! I know, I know. Took me long enough. But, I wanted to make sure everything was perfect, from making the pattern very professional to the ability to instantly download the pattern. And I feel SO good about everything! Thank you to all that have emailed me and encouraged me to get this pattern out there.

You can purchase Jenny’s Purse Pattern right here on my website. You can click on the Shop tab in the upper left corner or you can go straight to the pattern details here. All you need is a PayPal account or credit card (credit card payments will be done through PayPal but you do not need an account) and once payment is received you will instantly get the pattern via email.

And because you guys are amazing, I’m offering 15% off until Friday, February 21st. Just enter the code finally15 at checkout. (Also, winners of the giveaway from a long long time ago have been notified by email. Thanks for all the entries!)

Fun news! I’m already working on pattern number two! And now that I’ve worked out so many of the details, this one should be in the shop sooner than later with many more to follow. Also, getting this shop up was kinda a big deal and a loong process. I’d love to share the story soon with you! Until then, enjoy your Jenny’s Purse patterns!! Yay!

penelopeThe darling Kate from See Kate Sew asked me to try out her new Penelope Peplum pattern and I couldn’t have been more excited! It looked like a darling pattern to try! I’m quickly falling in love with it!

penelope2The pattern is to be used with knit fabrics and it is super versatile. It’s great for both beginners and experienced sewers. For beginners, it’s a great intro pattern to try out sewing knits with. For those more experienced, it’s a great pattern to experiment with! For mine, I added contrasting sleeves and a neck band. There is also an add on pattern that allows you to make this into two different types of dresses. One of the types is a circle skirt. I love me a circle skirt! penelopepeplum3My verdict: go get it! It’s a great pattern. Super versatile. Also, Kate’s patterns are always easy to understand. I find myself scratching my head at sewing instructions at least once a project, but not once did I with the Penelope Peplum. In the instructions, it suggests to use elastic thread for the waistband. Do it. I didn’t for this top and totally regret it. Elastic waistbands for me from here on out! If you haven’t already, you need to go make Penelope Peplum for yourself, or your daughter! I mean, who couldn’t use more peplums in their closet?

2014goals

I know we’re almost half way through January, but I’d still love to share my 2014 goals with you! I love setting goals of things I’d like to work on. Last year, I set a goal to improve my sewing skills, and I did! I had a blast focusing on a few focused subjects. So this year, I’m doing the same!

1. Open that blasted pattern shop I keep talking about and fill it full of amazing patterns. I mean, seriously, how often over the last year did you hear me talk about my pattern I’m working on? Don’t answer. Ha! I’m going to take a breather (not a break) from blogging, and focus on making purse patterns. I have this dream of having a digital pattern shop full of great, modern purse patterns. There are tons of great clothing pattern shops, but not many purse pattern shops. I think it’s something we’re lacking a little in the sewing community, and I’d like to help fill that gap!

2. Get back into illustration. My first experience with art was drawing. While my friends were at soccer practice in elementary school, I was at drawing lessons. I felt home there and I thrived. While in school for fashion design, I took a fashion illustration class. While I loved learning the perfect way to draw fashion figures, I was constantly told that my faces weren’t right, that they were too “cutesy.” It drove me mad. I tried to perfect them, and failed. I fought the battle between making my professor happy and drawing what I wanted to. I started to loose the love for putting a pen to paper. Once that class was over, I needed a break from drawing, and I have yet to stop that break. Over the past year, I’ve seen many beautiful illustrations on Pinterest, and I’ve felt an pull in my fingers to pick up a pen again. I know I’ve lost a lot, if not all of the skill I once had, but this year, my creative focus for myself is illustration. I want to learn calligraphy, paint flowers, and draw faces and cutesy as I possibly can. I can’t wait!

3. Have fun! This may sound silly, but one of my goals this year is to have more fun with my family. 2013 was full of house stuff. We got our house ready to sell, and I did my best to keep it show-ready with a one year old around. That was crazy. After we sold our house, we stayed with my parents while we waited for our new house to be finished being built. My parents live in a big, non-baby proofed house. Chasing Max around there for two months was hard and exhausting. Then the last part of the year we spent moving into, and setting up our new house. It seemed like last year we were mostly just trying to survive. But now! Now we are settled and live in a baby proofed home (for the first time ever! Can you hear the heavens singing? It’s amazing.). My goal is to fill this year with fun things. Build tents with Max, go to the park, date my husband. I want to shift from surviving to living. 

Welcome 2014! I’m looking forward to a fun year ;) Do you set goals at the new year? What are they? I’d love to hear!