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SewLiberated
North Carolina
Mama, wife, sewing pattern designer, Montessori teacher, cat slave
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One of my "things" is helping everyone feel capable of sewing with knit fabrics, especially sewists who don't own a serger. There are just so many benefits to sewing with knits - forgiving fit and blissful comfort to name a few. Some kids (my boys included) will often balk at wearing anything else. I highlight some of my favorite sewing-with-knits tips in my latest pattern, the Stasia Dress. But this time, I have something else up my sleeve. Literally. It's called Eloflex, an elasticated thread from Coats that has really blown my sewing-with-knits mind. This stuff acts like regular thread... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Sew Liberated
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I mother three little people, which means my leisure time is, well, rather skinny. The LAST thing I want to do with my precious sewing time is assemble and tape together 42 pages of a print-at-home PDF pattern. It makes my knees hurt just thinking about it. Fortunately, I'll never have to do it again, thanks to a new printing option I discovered recently. While print-at-home patterns have their place, particularly with smaller children's patterns, most independent pattern companies have started including larger-format copy shop files in their digital patterns. The idea behind the copy shop file is lovely -... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Sew Liberated
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A knit dress that feels like wearing secret pajamas. Optional pockets. Multiple sleeve and length options. A close-fitting tee perfect for layering. A pattern-hacker's canvas. Tons of tips for sewing with knits. And a lot of love - wrapped up into one amazing pattern! Find your PDF pattern here for 20% off with coupon code: STASIALAUNCH. Friends, this dress is so close to my heart. Many of you know that I was designing patterns and very active in the sewing blogger community before we learned that my second son, Lachlan, was to be born with a very serious heart defect.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2017 at Sew Liberated
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Growing up, it was understood that my dad would spend a certain amount of time in front of the television during football season. My mom supported it (he needed to relax after busy work days). The same football ritual was upheld and supported by countless females in the family. The women tended to household responsibilities and children while the men relaxed. I'm not writing to pass judgment on sports. As my mom recognized, it is a valid way to wash away the worries of the world and engage in some fun. What I'm wondering is, does society bestow upon me,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Sew Liberated
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Thanks, Shelley! And yes - we really love the backyard. It's small enough that I have a good view of them all the time.
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I do - it's in a lovely cabinet in the guest room! So glad you like your tunic!
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Sadie's "unicorn dress," made with Coffee and Thread's Eleena Dress pattern, has fast become a new favorite. She asked to sleep in it as soon as it was done, right before bedtime, and refused to wear anything else for two days. (Which, as you know, is the highest compliment a three year-old can pay a sewing mother.) I loved sewing it - the instructions are concise, the design is flawless, and it produces an sturdy and lovely finished product. I'm honored to be part of the Coffee and Thread blog tour, featuring a panoply of design inspiration from all around... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Sew Liberated
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Somehow I have a boy who is a few months short of eight! No longer can I make him cute little bubble pants to cover his ample diaper. Nowadays, he mostly wants to dress like a ninja, which has understandably put a kink in my sewing mojo. ;)But we were both super excited when the inimitable Rae Hoekstra (of Made By Rae) asked us to participate in her Sidewalk Fabric blog tour. You see, when Finn isn't climbing a tree, you're likely to find him drawing, which is why he picked this super cheery Art Class print. Now, I told... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Sew Liberated
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Certain things change when you have a child with a serious heart defect. I immediately saw through the veneer of certain societal norms : time spent staring at a screen to escape reality, time spent doing something that doesn't bring joy for the sake of getting ahead, time spent away from my kids in order to make more money. It suddenly all became just that: Time Spent. Spent and gone. That precious, precious Time. If there was any doubt in my mind that I would homeschool my kids before Lachlan's diagnosis, it was completely erased post-diagnosis. There would be no... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Sew Liberated
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There are always good moments. Moments when they are cuddled up together reading a book, times when they are helping and encouraging each other, coming up with some funny game, or giggling about an inside joke. Then there are the other times. You know, sibling jealousy stuff. Little behavioral outcries for connection. Totally understandable, right? I mean, could you imagine having to share your partner, your one-and-only, with two other people who are angling for his/her affection? And can I just bemoan, for a bit, the lamentable fact that there are only TWO SIDES of my body while sitting on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Sew Liberated
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In the past year, we've slowly emerged from a period of time during which I couldn't take my three kids out to hike by myself. When Sadie was born, Lachlan still very much needed to be carried after a short period of walking. He can tire easily (he only has half a heart!), but sometimes he just didn't feel like walking – something he shares with most kids of preschool age, I imagine. And when a preschooler doesn't feel like walking, well … you shift your ideal to accommodate your reality. My ideal is being able to enjoy multi-day backpacking... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at Sew Liberated
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Not until I had slightly older children did I come to understand the amount of effort and love my own parents put into making the holidays sparkly and memory-worthy. There were pies. Special outfits. All the books. Crafts. Choral concerts. Epic skiing adventures. Hot chocolate. Tree cutting and decking the halls. Gingerbread houses. I just got tired writing that. I'm sure it helped that, by the time I was in elementary school and solidifying memories of my family's traditions, I was the only child still living at home. My brothers are older and had all gone off to college or... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at Sew Liberated
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Perusing the Internet, particularly in the wellness community, you will bump into oodles of declarations about the importance of getting enough sleep. You'll also find a wealth of articles shouting out the amazing benefits of getting up early, particularly for mothers: Set your alarm, they say, for well before your children wake. Enjoy the gentle music of the birds as you sip on your cup of tea. Center your thoughts and fortify your emotional response with 20 minutes of seated meditation. Then take time for your intellectual and creative pursuits – write, draw, sew, or get some much-needed work done.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Sew Liberated
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Thanks for coming to read, Carmella. Your words mean a lot to me.
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Yes. That's an aspect of it that I forgot to mention - the sewing-as-an-escape aspect of the creative journey. I've been guilty of that, too! And thanks for your kind words about Lachlan. We hope that he has many years of "normal" ahead of him now.
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It happens to all of us, Sara. I, too, have to constantly be aware of budding resentment. It's a lifelong task!
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Bridget! I'm so happy to hear from you! How are you and your family? And shucks, thanks for your sweet words. I've always held you up as an ideal example of a good friend. What fun we had those four years!
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Aww, thanks Shana! I'm glad you left me in your blog reader! ;)
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Your welcome, Michele. This piece has been on my heart for a long while. I'm so glad you can relate.
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Thanks, Bekah. I'm honored that you're here reading. As for having three - every year, it gets easier, right?!
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Heather, that must have been so scary. I remember when my dad had to have the same surgery. Did he recover well? Are you back to a new normal?
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Thanks, Lise. I've had it on my heart for a while.
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