All posts filed under: Musings

Goal Tracking – March 2018

It’s time for another riveting installment of my goals for 2018 update! Slowing Down I spent a lot of time researching appliqué techniques in February in preparation for teaching myself how to do needle turn appliqué! I’m going to start with the Aeriel Grove pattern from Savor Each Stitch, which is a rather fitting title considering my goal. I’m going to use all of my Carolyn Friedlander scraps for the circle shapes and a low volume print of hers for the background. I’m going to take it one row at a time and see how I do. I anticipate this becoming a wall hanging or table runner, not a full quilt. I also borrowed Heather Jones book, Quilt Local, from my library and started noticing things all around me that I could turn into quilts. I spent a good 4 hours plotting out an idea that was inspired by Broadchurch and I found that process to be very satisfying. I’m still working on the math so we’ll see how it goes. Tackling New Things I did some …

Goal Tracking – February 2018

Hello! Last month I publicly shared my goals for 2018 so that way I would hold myself accountable to someone (aka, anyone reading this!). I thought doing a monthly round up of how my goals are going would be an added way to help me stay on track. Let me take you through my goals and share an update on each of them. Slowing Down I took the time to finish a dress hem by hand (a pleated circle skirt nonetheless) and didn’t rush any quilting projects. I completed two of my January block of the month and printed a new paper piecing project that I started collecting the fabric and notions for this month. Tackling New Things I hemmed my dress by hand and made a bathing suit in January! It was testing a new pattern so I can’t share it just yet, and I have a few changes that I need to make, but I did it! Oh and it has a built in bra so that’s two new sewing projects in one …

My 2017 #VintagePledge

During 2017, I, Carolanne Donovan, pledge to sew at least 3 garments from Vintage patterns and blog about them. I participated in the pledge in 2015 and only made 3 of my pledged 6 items, whoops! I decided to not make a pledge in 2016 and honestly ignored my vintage patterns. Why? Because some new thing came out that I just had to have. On the bright side I didn’t add to the collection. This year I’m back at it! I’ve been posting about my makes less frequently so part of my pledge is to also document the garments with blog posts. Perhaps I will finally finish my swing coat or maybe I’ll end up making 3 of the same dress. We shall see. Here are a few of my favorite vintage patterns that will likely be making an appearance this year!

The Maker Movement

I was interviewed two weeks ago by Boston Chronicle about my sewing experiences and wanted to share the video clip here! Click on the image to view the video or visit the WCVB website. This piece of the episode also features Gather Here, which is a fabulous store I have shopped at many a times and taken classes at so be sure to watch and hear from Virginia, the store owner. I didn’t even realize until I saw the episode, but my segment is very Cashmerette Harrison focused! I was wearing a Harrison dress, they shared a picture of me in my chambray version, I was sewing up a purple sleeveless version (that I’m wearing as I type this) and I was cutting out another sleeveless version during the filming. I’ll give you one guess what my current favorite pattern is 🙂

Top 5 Misses Of 2016

My misses don’t usually make it to the blog, so you’re in for a treat of sorts by seeing unblogged items! Blue Moneta  I was really excited for this dress. I already have 2 blue Moneta dresses, but one has sleeves and the other has a collar, so I was excited for a sleeveless naked neck version. The Andover jersey just doesn’t do it for me though. I’ve used it for shirts before and it’s good, but in this case it just shows every little lump and bump. Not flattering at all. I wore this dress to my work summer outing and it was a fun day despite the less than flattering dress! Unfinished Feathers Quilt I lost interest in the Feathers Quilt when I started my Icy Waters quilt and hope to revisit this at my quilt guilds’ spring retreat! Baggy Armed Archer This shirt is such a disaster. I started it in June 2014 to wear as a Halloween costume. The pockets looked bad so I decided to take them off and didn’t …