Thursday, May 10, 2018

Me Made May 2018: Week 1

In my Best of 2017 post I pledged to dust off my sewing machine and sew something in 2018. In order to help jump-start my sewing goal into action, I signed up for two sewing challenges: Sew My Style 2018 and Me Made May 2018

The Sew My Style Challenge started in 2017 and this year it's hosted by Jessica Lorraine. Participants sign up on a free email list and receive a discount code for the sew-along pattern of the month. Participants are to sew the pattern using fabric and modifications of their choosing and post photos of their makes on the Sew My Style Facebook Page by the end of the month in order to qualify for a prize drawing. While I've stitched up 2 out of the 5 patterns so far, I have yet to sew up a pattern by the deadline!

Me Made May is a challenge by Zoe of the SoZo blog that started in 2010 which encourages participants who make their own clothes to get better acquainted with their makes by wearing something handmade everyday in May. Some people add extra challenges for themselves such as only wearing sustainable/ organic fabrics. This is my first time attempting Me Made May because I've always felt like I don't have enough me-mades to last a whole month. 

So far I've made it through the first week of Me Made May. Here's what I wore:


  1. Myrna Cardigan by Andi Satterlund. The yarn is Native Yarns BFL Orford. I knitted this as part of a knitting and stitching along done collaboratively with Andi Satterlund and Lladybird.
  2. Estelle Cardigan by Style Arc Patterns. This was the February Sew My Style Pattern. Fabric from Style maker fabrics.
  3. Hand painted space shoes. I made these on a whim in the early 2010s.
  4. Plantain Tee pattern by Deer and Doe Patterns. The pineapple fabric came from Girl Charlie
  5. Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig. Knit in Malabrigo Yarn Lace.
  6. Another Plaintain Tee in Girl Charlie Fabric.
  7. The Kalle Shirt by Closet Case Patterns. Fabric from Fabric.com

Monday, April 30, 2018

What I'm Listening To: The Aces- Volcanic Love

Dear The Aces,

You had me with your Heathers film references! 

Love,

        Sarah O.

P.S. I told all of my friends to check out your video for the song, Volcanic Love, because the sets are amazing!


Monday, April 23, 2018

What I'm Listening To: Sunflower Bean- I was a Fool

Hi friends! Ever wonder what it would be like if a modern day Bob Dylan and Debbie Harry rocked out at your 80's themed prom night? Well then check out this video for 'I was a Fool' by Sunflower Bean, cause it's right up your alley.


Monday, April 16, 2018

What I'm Listening To: Mamamoo- Starry Night

This week I've been listening to the kpop group, Mamamoo (mostly because they're name is so much fun to say). The backdrops for the video for "Starry Night" are stunning! Plus, you'll earn 10 points if you can name the song they borrowed that hook from!  *Note: no actual points will be dished out.* 


Monday, April 9, 2018

What I'm Listening To: Ikon- Love Scenario

Do you enjoy catchy Kpop tunes? This week I'm sharing one of my husband's favorite groups, Ikon, and their song "Love Scenario". Check it out!


Monday, March 19, 2018

What I'm Listening To: Matthew Wilder- Break My Stride

Sometimes you just want to listen to a song that makes you feel good. This week, Break My Stride by Matthew Wilder began playing on the radio and I couldn't help but smile. Check out the music video from 1983 below. I apologize in advance for the slightly obscene green leotards. 


Monday, February 26, 2018

What I'm Listening To: Wanna One- Energetic

What happens when a TV reality show weeds out pop music talent in a competition to form South Korea's next big Kpop band? Apparently pop music gold! Wanna One is such a kpop group formed on the South Korean reality TV show, Produce 101, fans voted for these 11 singers to form the group and then chose the song, "Energetic", to be their first single and it was a hit and for good reason. It's slick, catchy and the guys have some sweet sweet dance moves. Check it out.


Monday, February 19, 2018

What I'm Listening To: Suran featuring Dean- 1+1=0

Behold! The song 1+1=0  by Suran featuring Dean is an ode to the overworked workforce (the Korean word for “one” also means “work” so the title is a play on words). Who can't relate to that!? Check out Kpop's version of minimalist electronic music and check out the music video below. 


Monday, February 12, 2018

What I'm Listening To: Girls Generation- All Night

Girls Generation is another Kpop girl group that's stood the test of time. They recently celebrated their 10 year anniversary. Think of them as the South Korean Spice Girls or One Direction, or Backstreet Boys, or New Kids on the Block or whatever...you get the idea. Check out their disco/ 80s inspired dance party in the video for All Night below.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

January Make Nine Progress

Earlier this month, I re-caped my 2017 Make Nine List and shared my 2018 making intentions and I thought I'd share my January progress with you.


This month I joined Kristy Glass' Sunday Night Knit-a-long (KAL) via YouTube where folks are working on The Doodler shawl pattern by Stephen West. This is a slow KAL since you're only supposed to work on it on Sunday's, but it's taken me a little while to catch up the Kristy. It's going to be great!

Although I haven't made much progress on my 2018 Make Nine, I have been doing some other makes. I finished my Sunset Highway Sweater by Boyland Knitworks and just need to block and weave in the tails; I've been sewing some cotton shorts to build up my sewing confidence; and I've been knitting a few cowls to keep off the winter chill.

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