What I'm Listening To: Netta 'Toy' from Eurovision 2018

Monday, June 25, 2018
With all of my Eurovision posts, you've got to be wondering who the winner of Eurovision 2018 was!? This year's Europeon song contest was a close race, but ultimately it was Netta's super kawaii, clucking good, girl power performance of the song 'Toy' ,representing Israel, that took home the prize. Watch the performance below if you dare and prepare to have your mind blown!


Kalle Shirt + Dress

Thursday, June 21, 2018
The March Sew My Style Challenge pattern was the Kalle Shirt + Dress by Closet Case Patterns. I was a little nervous about sewing a pattern with a button band and collar but decided to dive in feet first. I knew that I wanted to make some version of the Kalle Crop Top since I wear a lot of collared shirts to work, but I couldn't pass up that curved hem on the Kalle Shirtdress either. Both were going to be a challenge, but I was up for it!

First I decided to tackle the Kalle Crop Top (version A) with the full collar and hidden button placket. I used Telio Picasso Rayon Poplin floral print fabric from Fabric.com which handled like a dream and was perfect for spring. I added 2 inches to the length of the shirt so that it covers my belly button and made a size 6 shoulder graded to a size 12 at the bottom. Since I'm a noob, I followed along with the Kalle sewalong on the Closet Case patterns website without difficulty. I should note that I still have to wear a tank top under this shirt to make it "work appropriate" due to the high side slits and I'll probably add an extra button to the top, but I flippin' love this shirt!

Next, I decided to whip up the Kalle Shirtdress (version C) with the shirt collar and standard button placket. I used jade Tencel Twill fabric from Style Maker Fabrics- it's a medium to heavy weight fabric but feels super soft. I again added 2 inches to the length to get the dress to hit my knees and this time I graded the pattern from a 6 at the shoulders, 12 at the waist and 14 at the hips and I'm pretty pleased with the fit.

I was really pleased with the directions and sewalong instructions with this pattern and hope to make a lot more Closet Case Patterns in my future.

What I'm Listening To: Michael Schulte 'You Let Me Walk Alone' from Eurovision 2018

Monday, June 18, 2018
Today I'm sharing another Eurovision 2018 song contender. Michael Shulte represented Germany with his heartfelt song about the loss of his father called 'You Let Me Walk Alone' which ended up in 4th place this year. Check out his performance below and try not to shed too many tears.


Estelle Jacket

Thursday, June 14, 2018
If you saw my Me Made May 2018 posts, you'll know that I signed up for the Sew My Style sewing challenge hosted by Jessica Lorraine. Each month participants are provided with a discount code for a sewing pattern to sew during that month and then participants share their makes on social media at the end of the month in order to enter to win fabulous prizes.
The Estelle Jacket was indeed a very easy make. There aren't a lot of instructions for this jacket, but if you're a proficient sewist, you probably can wing it. Since I'm a beginner I followed along with the Maddie Made This sewalong and whipped up this jacket in just a few short hours.

I love this jacket and get compliments on it all the time! I highly recommend this pattern and would love to make another sometime down the road. How cute would this be in an ice blue or millennial pink!?

What I'm Listening To: Mikolos Josef 'Lie to Me' from Eurovision 2018

Monday, June 11, 2018
Today I thought I'd share my contender for the most classic Eurovision song of 2018- 'Lie to Me' by Mikolos Josef from the Czech Republic. The song seems to combine elements of swing, dance and hip hop in a combination that will make you go "huh?" with dance moves that'll make you go...

Check out the Grand Finale performance of 'Lie to Me' below.


Me Made May 2018 Recap

Thursday, June 7, 2018
May 2018 is officially in the books which means Me Made May is over! 👏 
                          How'd I do? 🙈 
                                                   What did I learn? 🤓 
                                                                                   What did I make? 😎

  • While I've been a beginner sewist on-and-off for the past 10 years and am a fairly proficient and prolific knitter & crocheter, I tend to put my makes on a pedestal and hide them away after I make them so they won't get dirty or ruined. Participating in Me Made May helped motivate me to take these items out of my closet and show them off a bit.
  •  Perhaps vowing to wear a Me Made every day was a bit overly ambitious given that most of my closet is Ready to Wear. I found myself more motivated to put on a Me Made on days that I was working or running errands, and more challenging on days when I stayed indoors- perhaps I need more me-made loungewear in my closet.
  • My most worn pieces were my Featherweight cardigan and my Estelle Cardigan because they were easy to chuck on.
  • At first getting my husband to help me take outfit photos was fun, but it quickly became tedious and more challenging as the days went on.
  • I am lacking in Me Made pants and shorts and I could use some more lightweight, warm weather clothes for warmer days.

My Me Mades:

  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

  1. The Kalle Shirt by Closet Case Patterns. Tencel fabric from Style Maker Fabrics
  2. Salal cardigan by Andi Satterlund. Yarn is Cascade 220 in the Heather Teal colorway
  3. Shear kimono. I used a free kimono template from the internet.
  4. Brigitte Scarf by Tilly and the Buttons. I used Marimekko fabric that I got in Finland.
  5. New Look vest pattern. I sewed this up with my mother-in-law several years ago, using fabric in her stash.
Overall it seems like my main focus will be on making warm weather clothes for spring and summer. Did you participate in Me Made May this year? Do you have any summer pattern recommendations? Let me know in the comments below.


What I'm Listening To: SuRie 'Storm' from Eurovision 2018

Monday, June 4, 2018
One of the things I miss most about living in Europe is watching Eurovision, a Europe-wide song competition pitting acts representing each country against one another to determine which has the best song and performance. This competition helped launch ABBA, but these days it's more famous for it's more wacky performances like acts featuring Babushka women baking bread. 

This year the United Kingdom seemed like it had a viable contender to the song competition with SuRie and her song "Storm". However, her final performance was interrupted by a 'stage invader' (around the 1:40 mark) and while she was able to carry on, she didn't get the votes she needed to win this year. Check out SuRie and the song "Storm" from Eurovision below.


What's Making Me Laugh: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4

Sunday, June 3, 2018

If you subscribe to Netflix and have browsed the new releases lately, you'll have noticed that the Netflix original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has debuted its 4th and final season ( 😢) and it is not to be missed! In this season we find Kimmy working at her new job at Giztoob, Titus Andromedon working on his acting career, and a True Crime parody featuring The Reverend ( Jon Hamm) that is comedy gold!

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