Galentine's/Valentine's Day + Giveaway!!

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jacket: Olga Road, old (similar and affordable here and here)
valentine's: skirt | unblogged crop top (same pattern used here and here) | shoes, old (similar here and here)
galentine'spants | unblogged tank (free pattern here) | boots, old (similar here and here)

For Galentine's Day I'd like to ask Y'ALL to be my gals (and guys, maybe)! I've definitely been feeling the love this year--and it's only February. This blog just hit 500 bloglovin' followers and it has become my custom to do a giveaway when I get to those nice round numbers, so here's to you! Winner (open internationally) will receive a little box of treats (sewing and/or other stuff depending on the winner).

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Thanks so much for all your likes and follows and shares and votes (etc etc) and I especially appreciate all your comments, both here and on social media! I really love your advice and constructive criticism and guidance (and compliments are always nice too).


ps: seriously i <3 you all.

allie J.

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Rose Quartz 1969 Dress

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What did you see peeking out from beneath my hot pink coat??

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 A floaty little pink dress.

Sewaholic Pacific Leggings & Cotopaxi

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Alex and I are (finally) going on our honeymoon this summer, to the Rockies for a backpacking trip. It's actually glamping more than backpacking. I'm very excited. Of course, I need a whole new activewear/hiking wardrobe...

Barbie Style


I know everyone is talking about the new Barbie bodies, but have you seen Barbie Style instagram?? This is not new news, y'all--she has over a million followers--but it's amazing. Astronaut, teacher, vet, and now... fashion blogger?

In addition to being a hilariously spot-on copy of your typical style/fashion blogger instagram, it's also a little bit amazing in the clothes department. Barbie is over a half century old, and she's picked up some great retro style in that time. I'm not sure who makes the clothes, but if they could make some in my size, that would be great.

Oh, wait. I'm the one who does the sewing here, aren't I? I'm totally copying these looks...

A Rosy Raglan-Sleeve Coat

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I intend to fill February with romance and lots of pink to stave off that winter gloom. To start us off? A hot pink coat.

A Full Floral Skirt

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I rarely use patterns when I make skirts, preferring to just whack out a dirndl. It's easy to just throw together a couple of rectangles and you can hem it by machine! But I made an exception for Butterick 6285, one of the new(ish) releases in the "Patterns by Gertie" Butterick line.

Sewing, Blogging, & Consumption

learning how to use my camera step one towards being a better blogger.

Y'all, I have a bit of a conundrum here today.

1. I want to blog more consistently and 2. I don't want to blog fluff but 3. I'm not sure how I feel about 52+ completed projects a year.

One of my resolutions this year was to blog more consistently, since this is always one of the top tips for better blogging (whatever that means). I do think as sewing bloggers that can be a bit of a challenge, though. I may not have a completed item to post about every week, and when I tried to step up my posting last year, I felt a bit guilty about posting little snapshots of works-in-progress.

This issue of needing "something to post" also gets into the consumption aspect of sewing. My good friend Alex from Craigle & Co. recently linked to an article written by a fashion journo about her (failed) resolution to buy only 15 things in 2015--but make them perfect ones. She eventually succumbed to the call of fast fashion, but I think her plan was a good one. When I read fashion blogs I marvel over the sheer amount of stuff they have! I think most of it they donate or resell, right? Otherwise, they would be absolutely swimming in "last season" clothing. Do these prolific sewists do the same? I would definitely consider buying 52 items of clothing in a single year excessive--although the national per person average is about 68 garments, according to the author of Overdressed--so what makes sewing 52 items different?

I think sewing, rather than buying, clothes does have more inherent value--we're learning new techniques and skills, we're challenging ourselves, we're making puzzles of patterns and fabric into something useful. We're not just swiping a card (although we're probably typing in the numbers at Mood online).

a quick snap of an easy project from my instagram--where quick snaps belong?

All of this just to say:

I am going to try and make 52 things this year--something new and shiny to show off every week--but I'm also striving to learn something new with each item I make, whether that new skill be big (like tailoring a blazer) or little (like installing a zipper guard in a dress). That way, I won't feel so guilty about so much consumption, I'll learn a few things, and hopefully increase the quality of my handmade clothes--not to mention maybe provide some Work in Progress post fodder.

Finally, what type of posts would you like to see more of from me? What I Wore posts with how I'm styling my handmade pieces? Work In Progress posts with how my projects are coming together? Wardrobe/Sewing Planning? Tutorials? What about Beauty/Lifestyle? Fitness? Introspective rambles like this one? (Not.) Just don't say more completed items ;)


ps: phew! thanks for making it through that post--january is a time for self-absorption thoughtful self-reflection, right?

allie J.

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