Real Talk: I was born with a rare skin disease called Lamellar Ichthyosis and since May is Ichthyosis Awareness Month I wanted to shed* a little light on this massive part of my life that I rarely talk about. No human being on the planet should have to summon some kind of bravery to share themselves as they are but that’s the world we live in so I’m going to be “brave” and share this publicly.
I’m excited to say I have a little feature in the May issue of Sew Magazine discussing “pattern hacking” and my favorite patterns for this type of inspired sewing. Also mentioned in the article is the new line of Simplicity patterns developed specifically for hacking, which I thought was a really interesting marketing angle, so I figured now would be a perfect time to elaborate on one of my favorite things about sewing – hacking stuff up! …but, you know, constructively. With intent 😉
Just a quick post today to announce the release of my first knitting pattern in case you missed the initial release announcement. Here’s the Mattock Cowl! Mattock is a convertible, textured cowl with functional buttons and lots of styling options. Inspired by the rolling farmlands and vineyards surrounding New York’s Finger Lakes region, Mattock features bold, alternating stripes of ribbing and seed stitch. This cowl is deceptively simple to make and easy to memorize, especially for knitters who have prior experience with ribbing and seed stitch. If you’ve never knit a button-hole before don’t shy away from this pattern, it includes the simplest one you can do!
I don’t want to jinx myself by saying this out loud but I think Spring has finally made its way to upstate New York! I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I kind of hate blogging during the winter months. I know hate is a strong word but I really, really struggle to go through the motions of sharing my projects when it’s snowy and dark. But, that hasn’t stopped me from sewing and knitting! I have at least five un-blogged projects that I can think of off the top of my head that I’ve made since January, probably more than that, but here’s my most recent make – The Elise Tee by Fine Motor Skills.
Today, March the 14th, marks exactly 8 years since I rescued my furry soul mate, Lucille – The namesake of this blog. We count today as her birthday so she’s estimated to be 11 years old now. I originally wrote her adoption story back in 2015 but I wanted to re-share it for any new readers who don’t know her story. Lucille is a massive part of my life. She IS my life. Any dog owners out there who equate their dogs with children know what Lucille means to me and how much light she’s brought to my life over the past 8 years. This story is a long one and it’s emotional for me to share, but here goes…
The past few days have been unseasonably warm which is triggering a serious bout of Spring Sewing Fever. Most of the patterns on my #2017MakeNine list are more suited for cool weather, I guess that happens when you build your list in January, so I’m thinking I might make a second mood board specifically for Spring and Summer. Right now I’m totally obsessed with two things: Peg Pants and Camisole tops.
Last year I started designing patterns under the name Rochelle New Handcrafted but I always kinda knew at the back of my mind that name would evolve. I didn’t expect it to happen so soon but at the end of last summer I started brainstorming what other kinds of patterns I wanted to develop and why. As I got more serious about the types of things I wanted to create and the bigger picture for my future as a pattern designer, a few specific words started getting louder in my head. Words like fiber, community, company, homemade… it was all starting to come together.
Yes. This is a blog post about yet another Lark Tee. I’ve sewed the Lark t-shirt sooooooo many times now and I’ll never stop. There are a ton of other t-shirt options out there but I tried the Lark first and it fit me so well that I stopped looking for other patterns, and I’m totally okay with that. I don’t feel a need for pattern variety or to spend money on other patterns. I’m interested now in more of a capsule approach to my pattern stash so be prepared to see a ton of repeats from me this year – It’s actually what I’m striving for! I did add some small modifications to this version though, just to mix things up a bit.
One thing I really want to do this year (besides sew ALL THE LEGGINGS) is sew more outside my comfort zone. One great way to do that is to say “Yes!” when fabric shops ask if you’d like the opportunity to try out some of their stock, especially when such stock includes stretch matte vegan leather and you’ve never sewn (or worn!) such a thing before. So without further delay, here’s my final fabric review for Girl Charlee and a love letter to the Papercut Patterns Ooh La Leggings.
One of the projects on my 2017 Make Nine list is leggings, in fact I vowed this year would be the year of finding the most perfect-for-me pair of leggings ever. Well there’s no better motivator to start on that quest than teaming up a fabric company known for knits and testing what they have to offer. Girl Charlee Fabrics very kindly sent me some of their brand new 100% USA made knit fabric, as well as the Sloan Leggings by Hey June patterns. Here are my thoughts after working with both…