Who doesn’t love a flannel plaid shirt in the fall?? Well, I didn’t really plan on making a flannel shirt, but it’s really cute and super cozy! Once I got the fit right on this Laurel Top, I was obsessed.
About the fabric selection: I really love this plaid, and would probably buy all of it if it were a normal woven. Originally, I though this shirt would be cute tucked into a mini skirt with tights/boots for the winter. The flannel is a little too thick for that… And the ruffles were a little challenging with the thick fabric.
Can we talk about how I always sew plaids and stripes??? Do I hate myself? It takes FOREVER to lay out the pattern when you’re trying to make sure everything’s cut in the correct spot. I could have done with matching the sleeves to bodice, but at least the sleeves match each other.
Slouchy Tees are my favorite 🙂 Combine them with leggings, fuzzy slippers, cozy quilts, coffee, and Gilmore Girls and you have THE PERFECT SATURDAY.
I had to test out this FREE Tessuti Fabrics pattern, so I chose a poly/lycra blend from Fabric.com. The fabric is super soft, but usually polyester pills. I’ll have to give you a wear & tear update later. And I’ll probably make the next one in stripes… because stripes are always better!
This pattern is super easy and quick to stitch up. I think it took maybe 1.5 hours (after some printer trouble and all the taping/ cutting of PDF patterns). It’s another good pattern to practice sewing with knits and double-needles. I love the drop shoulders and the length of the fitted sleeve. View Post
The next little recap for my monthly mini album 🙂 September felt so long because of the change of seasons. A few 90-degree days and then fall started in full swing! I’m so obsessed with this weather!
Labor Day Weekend – We started with lots of coffee and brunch, of course! but it was a little hilly so we actually had to break out the jeans and cardigans
Trip to SC – We went down to SC to visit with my grandmother, but stopped to see Eric’s grandparents and my cousins and their babies! Very fun trip, despite the sad circumstances.
Sweater Weather! Loving fall!
Trail runs during the fall are the best! Stef and I are prepping for our crazy 5k, 10k, half marathon combo, so all we do is run run run…
National Coffee Day should really be a bigger deal! Of course, I treat every day like National Coffee Day…
Hope you had a great September! Almost every weekend of October is booked, and I’m super excited for all the leaves to change 🙂
Speaking of scrapbooks, I’m almost finished with my 2015 album…. at the end of 2016. And I haven’t finished 2010-2014… but progress is progress! Once it’s complete, I’ll work on a little youtube video flipping through it.
I’m pretty excited to get sewing a few fall trends. Of course, when I’m sewing I try to make classic pieces that will last for years. But I have seen a few fall trends that I hope stick around for a long time…..
A Few Trends
Ruffle Sleeve: These seem to be everywhere and I love them!
I’m pretty sure this one is my favorite, too. It’s SO PRETTY. A few years ago I bought an all-lace sweatshirt from Forever21 that I received a million compliments on (some people at my luxury fashion job asked if it was one of ours haha), so I wanted to add more dressed-up sweatshirts to my collection. View Post
For this week’s Flashback Friday – a few cross stitch pillows I made when I was maybe 8-10 years old. I made the little scarecrow pillow and the 4-leaf pattern. My sister made the two pillows in the back – of course she made the cat pillow.
These are so adorable, my mom keeps them displayed in a bowl during fall at her house. My mom cross-stitched a lot when we were young, and every now and then we made something, too!
These little pillows are basically the frame for the cross- stitch. I definitely cut the square too small when I was little… oops
Obsessed with these little guys! I wish I could find the patterns for these little guys and share with you, but you’re all pretty smart and I think you could figure it out!
Unfortunately, it look like these mini albums aren’t so trendy anymore, and Michael’s & Joann’s haven’t been carrying them 🙁 I had to order additional pages on Amazon. I feel like I should have stocked up on the albums, because they were pretty cute and a great gift :/
Anyway, back to my monthly photos!
4th of July: We participated in the usual 4th of July activities: local parade, lunch at the cafe, lots of ice cream, swimming, fireworks in town, etc. We started Whole30 the next day, so we were fitting in all the sugar and gluten that we could find.
Whole30: We started on July 5th and stayed strong through the all 30 days! It was great to learn about how food affects our bodies and break some bad habits! More on that in this post...
Shannon’s Bridal Shower: Just a fun day with one of our favorite girls! Lots of food (that we couldn’t eat because of Whole30) and glittery pineapples. Read more over here…
Trip to Mood: Here’s a photo of me in my natural habitat… feeling all the pretty fabrics and dreaming up new projects!! To see everything I bought on that trip, read this post!
Fishing on our lake! We were able to get a boat slip out on the lake near our house, and we love floating around every night. There’s a few restaurants and even a lake front ice cream shop!
NJ State Fair: Just having fun at the fair as usual! This FMX show was free, and really fun! And of course, I was slightly obsessed with the sheep! Maybe I’ll enter a quilt next year 🙂
Tie Dye Quilt: Probably my new favorite quilt! I hand-dyed all the blue strips, and went with my favorite simple log cabin style. Click here for more details!
VA Beach: I kind of felt like a pack animal carrying the beach chair, umbrella, beach bags, and towels… Then we only stayed on the beach for a few hours because it was SO HOT. And I got a little sunburned (despite reapplying SPF 50 multiple times).
VA Beach: Neptune! Part of the reason I chose VA Beach for our weekend trip was because I had a 9-mile run that weekend! I knew the beach had a 3 mile boardwalk, and I wouldn’t get too lost running a straight line! Below is the Airbnb listing for the great place we stayed!
Trip to PA: We went out to PA for Shannon’s other bridal shower. While we there, I was attacked by tiny adorable puppies!!
Bed & Bath Suite Close to Beach
Virginia Beach, VA, United States
Sunny and spacious, private bedroom with ensuite full bathroom located a short 10 minute walk (less than half a mile) from the ocean. Your bedroom suite is the ideal place to enjoy the best that Vi…
And that’s it for July & August! Can’t wait to see what’s coming up in September!