2020 Word of the Year: Slow

We’re just over a week into February, which means we are almost to the eighth anniversary of Rake and Make! Since I started blogging in 2012, many bloggers have left this sphere in exchange for the shorter form of Instagram. I understand why and sometimes think I should do the same, but what keeps me coming back is the record…

2019 Year in Review

Like most years, 2019 had its highs and lows, but overall it was a productive year for me. I had some personal stress and drama—my mantra for a couple of months was “the only way out is through”—but I just did the best I could and tried to learn from it. I also course corrected where possible and ended the…

Hey June Handmade Halifax Hoodie

It’s another two-fer! Continuing on with my “cake” kick, I recently sewed not just one, but two Hey June Handmade Halifax Hoodies! As my ready-to-wear basics have been wearing out, I have been slowly replacing them with me-mades. If you know me at all, then you  probably also know that hoodies are a big staple of my wardrobe. What can…

French Navy Stellan Tee

I’m still on the kick of sewing things that I will actually wear a lot. What that means, is that I am sewing a lot of basics. Or as it’s called in the sewing world “cake”, which is the opposite of “frosting” (fancy dresses and things that may not get worn as often). Read this post here, if you really…

Closet Case Patterns Sophie Swimsuit

Growing up on the east coast, summer vacations often involved trips to the ocean, so I grew up a water baby. These days, I’m not the greatest technical swimmer, but I still love to be in the water. In Seattle, I don’t get the chance to swim outdoors very much, but I’m definitely looking for more opportunities now that I…

Capri Length Mid-rise Ginger Jeans

It’s pretty much true what they say about the weather in Seattle; it can be rainy, cold and dark here most of the year. When it comes to sweaters, pants and boots I am well covered, but every summer I find I am severely lacking in clothes for warmer weather. You probably won’t ever catch me in any sort of…

Pacific Leggings and Dunbar Top

Making my own activewear and has been a goal of mine for a while, so I am very excited to have made my first ever workout outfit using the Sewaholic Patterns Pacific Leggings and Dunbar Top patterns! Being active is an important and necessary part of my life—for both mental and physical reasons—but I struggle with making it a priority…

Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan

Meet my newest favorite wardrobe staple: the Blackwood Cardigan from Helen’s Closet! Yes, I know, this pattern has been out for a long time. In fact, Helen was my table mate in my bra making class at Camp Workroom Social in 2016, before she had even officially released the Blackwood Cardigan. She was wearing a sample and I remembering getting…

True Bias Ogden Camis

I must have been the last sewist on the planet to sew the True Bias Ogden Cami—I never claimed to be an early adopter—but now I believe all the hype! I had fabric set aside for two Ogden Camis: some leftover Rifle Paper Co. Cotton and Steel rayon (from my Ellsworth Coat) and a beautiful Splatter Print Workroom Social Miramar…

Mid-rise Ginger Jeans

Jean-making is one of things where you just have to jump in and go for it. I made jeans four years ago at the first Camp Workroom Social and had been hoarding enough Cone Denim (from the White Oak Mill before it closed) to make three more pairs, but for some reason was stalling on actually making them. I basically…