handmade on stay-cation

We’re on a little stay-cation this weekend… testing out the camper with our newly recovered cushions – I still have to take pictures of them but you’ll see them soon.


I want you to know that I’ve been reading ALL of your comments on my last post about the cost of handmade items. Most of you make me feel so happy to be among women who create for the love of it. Some of the comments are upsetting, and not because I pity those whose talents are misused by others – but because I know exactly how you feel! I feel so much guilt saying ‘no,’ that I often take on projects for which people would never pay me what the item is worth and I end up just giving it to them.

Anyway… back to sewing for the love of it: Before we left I stitched up a little dress for Chloe – it’s from this summer’s Ottobre Design magazine (Issue 03/2015). 

I wasn’t sure how I’d like the pattern, so I made it in some of the lesser-favorite knit fabrics in my stash. But she really loves how comfy it is so I’ll probably make it again in a fabric that is more modern. The dress has pockets and elastic shirring in the back to give it a nice shape.

In these pictures we were walking back to our campsite from the beach. It was lovely. In between the rainstorms.

Every time it rains I start to miss my sewing room and I wish I had brought a sewing machine and some fabric to make the time more productive. Or at least a hand quilting or embroidery project. Sheesh! Why didn’t I pack that???

And just so you know, that issue includes a women’s version of the dress too. I was surprised, because the children’s issues haven’t had grown up clothes in a long time. I sewed one up for myself and love how easy it is to wear. I know, I need to get pictures.

So, what have you been sewing up this week? Did you make something with one of my free sewing tutorials or patterns? I would love to see! Tag me on Instagram @sewcanshe.

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Happy Sewing!

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