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Feel Ten Feet Tall in Your Me-Made Maxi Dress

  Hey there, everybody. It's the ides of another month, which means that there's a brand new theme for our boxes! Excited? I'm right there with you. By now, summer is in full swing (or it officially be next Thursday, but who's counting). And, you want to know what I wear all summer? Not shorts, not skirts. I wear maxi dresses. They are the ultimate lazy-girl's clothing. One simple piece makes an outfit (Score!); it offer's great sun-protection for your legs (Hi, I'm super pale); AND, you don't have to shave your legs if you don't want to! (Just me loving that part? It's okay, I'll take it.) Even without the shaving part, maxi dresses are an awesome piece of clothing...

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Shorts: When It's Too Hot to Wear Anything Else

I don't know about people in other parts of the world, but for North America, it certainly felt like winter lasted extra long this year. At my house, we had snow on the last weekend in April, and I honestly can't remember the last time that happened. So, coming off this marathon cold weather, it may feel like it will never be hot enough for summer clothes. But I'm pretty sure we'll be singing a different tune in July. That's why for our next month's theme, which ships on July 1st, I've chosen shorts. Now, in some ways, I feel like this may be a controversial choice. I know that for years I stubbornly wore long pants all summer because I didn't...

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Warm Weather Means Summery Knit Dresses

In the summer, I live in knit dresses. Long dresses, short dresses, and everything in between. There's nothing more simple than throwing on a light dress and slipping into some sandals. Voilà, you're ready for the day. You can dress up the outfit with a nice cardigan and some jewelry or you can keep it simple and wear it as is. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. That's why I've chosen knit dresses for our first summer pattern theme. They're fun; they're eminently wearable; and they are a must-have for any wardrobe. Plus, knits are a joy to fit. You can save so much time on pattern adjustments and still get a fantastic finished project - a breath of fresh air after some fit-heavy boxes like...

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Pajama Party with Needle Sharp

Ok, by now, we've made three outfits together: a dress, a skirt and blouse combo, and a trouser blouse combo. So we're taking a step back from ready to wear and giving you the clothes you really want to wear all the time. PAJAMAS!! (If you hadn't already realized that from the blog title) I have noticed that, in life, there are two types of people. Those who will wear anything to bed, usually old t-shirts, sweatpants, even a "birthday suit." And then there are the pajama people, the ones who have matching sets of pajamas, days of the week that they wear them on, pajama pants with teacups and unicorns and plaids, oh my. These are my people. There's nothing...

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Springtime Sewing Means Blouses

I don't know about you all out there in internet land, but I'm about ready for warmer weather. And it's not even about the shortness of the days, the snow, or the freezing rain (ok, it's a little about freezing rain), but I like making warm weather clothing so much better. In the winter, give me a comfy pair of pants, some boots and a variety of cozy sweaters and I'm good for months. But beyond sewing the pants, which we're doing in the boxes we are sending out to you on March 1st, and knitting the sweaters, which you can do if you're so inclined, winter me-made outfits, to me, are less varied and more time-consuming to make. God bless all of you...

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