Hi all! I do still exist, believe it or not! My new job requires a lot of screen time and thus blogging has been pushed to the back burner. I still try to share my makes on Instagram (@shedabbles) so if you miss me, come hang out with me there! As a confirmed nerd, I love analyzing my makes at the end of the year so I thought I’d share with you what I found.

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Though not a very prolific blogging year, it was quite a prolific making year, with a total of 55 items made, 18 of which were gifts, and only 7 of which I don’t wear regularly. My most used pattern was the Linden Sweatshirt, followed by the Hudson Pants and Ginger Jeans. I’ve been enjoying having more of a balance between knitting and sewing and feel like I’m really starting to figure out what I wear and reach for time and time again. Thanks for hanging out on this journey!

2014 in review

2013 in review

 

Hi all! It’s been a crazy few months around Casa Dabbles. Complete with new jobs, travel, 31st birthdays, and a billion and five weddings (Phil playing drums at some, me attending others). I knew this was going to be a summer full of weddings, so I decided back in May to make my dress for summer weddings. Enter the Anna dress. I love the silhouette and the ease of this dress. Plus it can be dressed up or down so easily. I wore mine to three different weddings in very different venues, including officiating my sister’s wedding on the top of a mountain. Here are some photos from the last of the three, which was this past weekend, and also happened to fall on my 31st birthday.

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This was at fellow Crafty Fox Katy’s wedding in Tulum, MX. A few other Crafty Foxes were able to attend as well…and we unintentionally ended up matching haha.

Here I am earlier this summer officiating my sister’s wedding in the Tahoe area.

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This is one well-traveled and well-loved dress.

Dress Details

Pattern: Anna Dress by By Hand London

Size: 8 in bust, graded to 10

Fabric: Frock Rayon

Alterations/Changes: A slight sway-back adjustment, and the grading noted above. But otherwise made completely as written!

And sometimes, photos are too funny not to share. Oh, the wind…

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Shirt: Self-made, blogged here//Pants: J.Crew//Shoes: Saltwater Sandals//Watch c/o JORD 

I’ve been finding myself drawn to neutrals and natural feeling materials. This double gauze popover has been getting so much wear during Me Made May, and in general. I just got some new Nani Iro double gauze as well and I think I might have to make another wrap blouse like my silk one. Fitting in with this aesthetic, I’ve been looking for a wood watch to fill a gap in my accessory collection :)

I love the size and shape of this JORD Ely watch. I have teensy wrists, so bigger watches that actually fit are always a challenge to find. This one makes a statement but is still understated with the color of the wood. It is super lightweight and the clasp is invisible, which is really neat.

The unboxing was so exciting! Look at this beautiful packaging:

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It has fit in so nicely with my wardrobe and pulls together my outfits in just the right way! I wear it almost every day and it is getting softer and warmer colored with wear.

Verdict? Wood watch for the win!

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NB: This watch was sent to me by JORD for review. All opinions are my own, as usual!

 

***WARNING: REAL BODIES IN SWIMSUITS*** :)

There, you’ve been warned.

It’s almost summer here in New England, which can only mean one thing: It’s time for me to make a swimsuit and take awkward photos of myself! Hooray! But seriously, I love sewing swimsuits and, for me, seeing a swimsuit pattern on a real person is such a help. So here you go!

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As soon as I saw this bathing suit pattern in the new Named pattern collection, I knew I had to make one for myself! I love this suit! It was fun to sew and it is quite comfy. The bottoms hit at a really nice height and the top is so interesting. This galaxy print lycra that Funki Fabrics sent me was the perfect match for this pattern. Just heavy enough to be very supportive, but light enough to be comfortable and flexible. The print held up well through the wash and I soaked a swatch in salt water for a while to make sure it wouldn’t disintegrate and so far so good! I’ll update later once the suit itself has been in the ocean and the pool but so far, this seems like an excellent swimwear material! (Yes, the fabric was provided for me by Funki Fabrics, but all opinions are my own.) Are you sewing yourself swim (or any other special) wear this summer?

Swimsuit Details:

Pattern: Beverly Twisted Bikini from Named Clothing

Fabric: Diesel Twilight printed lycra, lining left over from last year’s suits

Size: 38 top and 40 bottom

Alterations/Changes: None! Next time I think I’ll size up the bottoms a bit at the waist and lower the back leg opening as they are a bit cheeky :) I am also going to stitch the twist in place at the front neck. After wearing it for a while, the twist tends to migrate up to my neck…which is less than comfortable.

 

Hey friends! Check out my post over on Sew Sweetness today reviewing this Burda wrap blouse. I’ll be back here with our regularly scheduled programming later this week!

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