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heather ross fabric... now in the shop.

All of a sudden I've had about 10 people email me asking if I have any more of my Far, Far Away stash, particularly the Princess and the Pea print.  I do, folks, and have just added a wee bit of it to my online shop.  The princesses are there now, and unicorns and a few other things will be there tomorrow.  Please note I will ship internationally, but since shipping prices vary so much from country to country, I will reimburse you for any significant shipping difference.  


sometimes crafting is a bummer.

Ok.  Maybe not the actual art of crafting itself.  But some of the "junk" that comes with it.  I don't know what's up with this week, but it's been one of those weeks... and it's only Tuesday.  Sheesh.

{photo completely unrelated to this post, except to say:  I could really, really use some ice cream right about now...}

It's not just one thing, but a bunch of little things that all together creep up and makes me want to take inventory of what I'm doing and why I'm doing it.  Like giving the gift of handmade.  I'm curious to find out if you all regularly gift handmade when a gift-giving event arises?  I would say that I do about 70 percent of the time (exception: little boys birthday parties from the kids' school.  Unless I know the child really well, or their mama, I find that most 5, 6, and 7 year old boys 'round here would really much rather have the newest Star Wars Lego action figure, or some Silly Bandz.  Just sayin').  The little girls however.... different story.  They swoon over Apple's dresses, skirts, and blouses, and handmade clothing and dolls are usually an even bigger hit with their moms.  I try to always gift with the recipient in mind, taking to heart their interests in fabrics, colors, uses for a particular item, etc.

Maybe I'm in a slump today (or this week, or this month)... but starting to wonder if giving handmade is worth it?  I recently gave a gift that I worked really hard on.  I used some of my favorite fabric, the details were perfect, and so much love and effort went into making sure the recipient felt special.  And the feedback on the item was... less than spectacular.  In fact, it was downright rude.  Honestly, I have to admit I'm still quite shocked and don't even know how to handle it right now.  To complicate matters, it wasn't like it was a gift for a classmate or acquaintance, it was a gift for a good friend of mine.  Ugh.  The reaction and "thank you" was the kind of comment I wouldn't even had said if the item was bought at Target or some place, let alone something you know someone worked hours on.

And as if I wasn't bummed enough about the whole gift-giving fiasco (ok, I'm being a little dramatic... I'll get over it)... I received two emails from a couple of my (amazing!  thank you!) blog readers letting me know someone on etsy is kinda ripping me off.  Seriously?! I haven't had any previous knowledge of this seller, but it's hard to believe it's one of those coincidences in the crafting world, you know, where we all decide to make circle skirts at the same time, or patchwork iphone cozies.  I truly try to give people the benefit of the doubt, because I realize fashion and crafting go through trends, like anything else, and that a lot of us may honestly be inspired by similar things at similar times.  But this doesn't look like that to me.  Especially since they couldn't even come up with a different title for their dress.  

Yes, I do have a copyright on file with the US copyright office.  Yes, I hope after this person realizes what's happened she'll agree to remove her pattern... but it just really stinks.  I look to places like etsy, and flickr, and all of the wonderful blogs and sites out there to be inspired, not to see the same old thing, or even worse, the same exact thing.

Soooo.... this post went on about four paragraphs longer than I planned on.  Sorry for the ranting, truly.  I just felt like I had to get it out... out of my head and off my chest, so I can move on, move forward, and create again.  


graph paper drop waist dress:  fail?

I had sooooo much fun participating in Meg's KCWC last week!  In fact, so much fun, that while I did sew for an hour a day, I let all of the photographing and blogging go for the moment and just focused on enjoying the craft.  I thought I would get a ton of sewing done in an hour a day, but actually projects took longer than I anticipated.  Like this dress.  

I don't know what about it took so long, and in all actuality now that it's done I'm really not thrilled with it.  I thought I would love it.  But it's just a little... off to me.  I love the fabric, which reminds me of graph paper, and I knew after I made this drop waist dress, that I wanted to try to make another one, this time with a full, gathered skirt.  I'm disappointed.  

I think since the raglan style dress is already more full in the body, this drop waist version worked much better with the "flat" skirt.  This dress is just toooo.... full.  I don't know.  There are fit issues too, which didn't seem to matter in the flat-skirt version so much (both dresses were made in the same size, size 5, adding the drop waist at the same length) but in this gathered skirt version I think the skirt needs to start an inch or so higher.  Don't laugh, but I actually tried this on my seven-year-old son, and I liked it much better on him than on her.  He filled out the chest, so I think if I were to do this again, I would definitely slim down the body of the dress on top.  Or just use a different style body altogether, something that does not have an elastic neckline.

The pockets are great, and she loves that part.  It is a great school dress, easy to throw on and she still looks cute.  This morning when she was getting ready for school Apple said, "you know who I kinda look like in this dress?... That girl who lost her sheep."

I said, "You mean Little Bo Peep?"

Apple:  "Exactly!"

Apparently, when you're five, looking like Little Bo Peep is not such a bad thing.  She kinda digs it.  As for me, I think I'll go back to the drawing board and try to come up with something that will update her look into this century.


wrinkle crinkle bubble skirt.


Back-to-school creation #2: The wrinkle crinkle bubble skirt.  It's also the first day of Meg's Fall Kids Clothes Week Challenge, yay! And this fabric was a challenge, trust me.  I have no idea what the fabric is, but both Apple & I fell in love with it in the fabric store.  There were just a few yards left, and no info on the bolt other than the price tag.  Feels like some sort of wrinkled satin, and I've been wondering and wondering what to do with it.  Then I saw this.  And fell in love.  And a skirt was born.


Lined in a purple kona cotton solid.  I used the circle skirt pattern I used here, and just added a lining and cut the fuschia wrinkly stuff longer than the cotton and sewed the hem right sides together, then added a casing and elastic to the waistband.  I am really wishing now I would have added that cute contrasting drawstring.  Maybe I will later.


She loves it and says it's the exact color of our bougainvillea in summer.  I love that she notices things like that.








little glitches.

Hey folks!

Some of you may have noticed lately that a lot of the images around here seem to have nothing to do with the content of the blog post.  Well, you're not going crazy, they don't!  I am working really hard with Squarespace to stop this glitch from happening, so cross your fingers for me that it doesn't drive me batty first!  

Have any of you experienced something like this with your blogs?  I finish publishing, everything looks great, and sometime later I notice my most recently added images are creeping up all over the blog where they don't belong and deleting the appropriate image and it's file.  :( :( :(  Any help or advice would be much appreciated!  I have many works to blog, but don't want to get it all on here until this issue is fixed (because re-posting over and over again is, well, annoying.)

Wish me luck, friends!

xo, Varenia