Shirt: Chambray Scout Tee//Shorts: Self-made, details below//Shoes: Saltwater Sandals

After seeing Sara of An Elemental Life post this picture on Instagram, I knew I had to make my own version of secret pajamas. These shorts are an awesome pajama pattern and work wonderfully in real-life fabric for leaving the house. Ingrid gifted me her scraps from these shorts in our Sew Bossy exchange after I swooned over the fabric and there was just enough to eek these out and even match the patterns! Sadly there is no give at all in this fabric, so despite going two sizes up from my first pair, they split at the side seam one day. Boo! I’m just going to iron a patch to the inside and call it good though, because they are too much fun to get scrapped!

Shorts Details:

Pattern: Lakeside Pajamas by Grainline Studio

Size: 8

Fabric: Gift from Ingrid

Alterations/Changes: None! I French seamed all the insides because this fabric frays like you wouldn’t believe and used silk bias tape from Grey’s Fabric to add a little luxury. This stuff is amazing! I just want to wrap myself up in it!

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Dress: J.Crew, snagged on super sale for $29!//Shoes: Michael by Michael Kors via DSW//Earrings: Olive Yew Jewelry

A week ago today, I entered my 30s! So far, so good. I wore this (not at all me-made) outfit out to a birthday dinner with my husband which turned out to be a surprise party! Who’s the birthday girl? Oh, the one in the neon :)

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Currently, I’m I’m California visiting my sister, turning 30, going to a dear friend’s wedding, and generally engaging in shenanigans. I thought I’d share some highlights with you here today. For more fun, follow along on Instagram @shedabbles.

Day 1:

Fabric shopping at Mill End Fabrics in Reno. I got so much fabric!! And it was so cheap!!


Skateboarding at my sister’s house (second time in my life I’ve been on a skateboard). Falling, getting up, success. Also, I’m wearing a new Wiksten tank I made just before leaving for this trip.


Day 2:

My thirtieth birthday! Swimming in the north fork of the Yuba river on our way to San Francisco.


Out for delicious beers at Toronado in San Francisco.


Day 3:

Hipster toast and delicious coffee with my sister and her boyfriend at The Mill.


Meeting up with Mica to check out the amazing Britex Fabrics. I showed restraint and just bought one pretty printed silk from the sale section.


Basil ice cream from Bi-Rite, the other new Wiksten tank I made, and new sneakers.


At my friends’ wedding at the Conservatory of Flowers having fun with my little sister.





Day 4:

Out for a delicious breakfast (chilequiles, oh my goodness!) and a farmer’s market visit before leaving San Francisco.


Back to the Tahoe area. Swimming in the south fork of the Yuba river, jumping off rocks at Emerald Pools.



That’s me diving!!

It’s been such an amazing trip so far! Two more days, then back to the East Coast I go!




Shirt: Old Navy//Shorts: self-made, details below//Shoes: Saltwater Sandals//Hat: Salmagundi Boston

I love these shorts! I’m lucky to live in a town with lots of great sewists, and in our Crafty Foxes sewing club, I’ve gotten to know the fabulous pair Katy & Laney. I was so excited to sew up their first pattern. These shorts were so fun to make and I love all the nice details. Plus, I made my very first welt pockets! These are also my entry into the Shorts On The Line sew along hosted by Imagine Gnats, small + friendly, and Kollabora.

Shorts Details:

Pattern: Tap Shorts by Katy & Laney, view A

Size: 8 in the waist graded to 6 in the hip

Fabric: double faced woven from Mood Fabrics

Alterations/Changes: none! Just added a contrast flat piping at the front seam.





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It’s probably no surprise that I’ve been dying to get my grubby little fingers on Grainline’s newest pattern, the Alder Shirtdress. I love all of Jen’s patterns and loved the sneak peeks I had seen. As soon as I finished the wedding dress (which I can share very soon!) I cut both views and sewed them up right away. The other view is just waiting on buttons, but I finished this one on Wednesday and have worn it three times already, which I’m pretty sure is a very good sign!

Also, new headsuit! Yay! The mint was fun, but I was ready to get rid of it. My hairdresser chopped about 12″ off and I love the new cut! Plus, it takes about 5 minutes to get it looking nice instead of hours like before.

Dress Details:

Pattern: Alder Shirtdress by Grainline Studios

Size: 6

Fabric: Chambray from Grey’s Fabric

Alterations/Changes: I cut a straight size 6 and the only change I made was to add inseam pockets 2″ down from the top of the skirt pattern pieces. I used the pocket piece from the Darling Ranges dress, but any would do! I also cut the pockets, inner yoke, inner collar stand, and under collar from cotton lawn from my stash as a little contrast and softness.

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Check out those invisible pockets!! I’m so proud of myself and my pattern matching :)

Other awesome Alders on the internet:


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