notes from a mad moonthirty

I can’t remember exactly why I wanted to start a blog. I have been a blog reader, especially sewing/crafty/foodie ones, for about 12 years, and I thought about writing my own for practically that entire time. I know I had lots of reasons for wanting to, but what I never anticipated was the friendships that would come from it — and the impact they would have on my process…

One of the friends I’ve made through the blogosphere is Lisa from notes from a mad housewife. She and I met through comments on each others’ blogs, and then we began connecting elsewhere, as you do. We share similar tastes in patterns and fabric. We exchange recipes. I think of her and chuckle anytime I hear someone say combination of hard and soft.  I am regularly motivated by her creations and tutorials, and lately she’s had me crushing hard on chambray. So I already knew that I was being inspired by her when I bought this fabric, but I didn’t realize quite how much until I started adding it all up.

Bolt end from Hancock's. It was 50% off. And I don't dry clean.

I am what I like to call “selectively frugal.” Continue reading


My second Scout is complete! Man, I love this pattern. In addition to the lovely phenomenon that enables me to wear something without darts, I really adore the shape of the neckline and sleeves as well. Because I see many (many many) versions of this top in my future, I am slowly tweaking the fit to ensure that it’s exactly how I want it.

I tweak my favorite patterns (and recipes) a lot, until I’ve finally reached perfection satisfaction. It’s awesome to have it just how I want it — I can pull out the pattern and cut right away, without fear of messing up an awesome fabric. Well, no fear from a fit perspective anyway. ;~) If you ever see me make something only once, either 1) I hated it and felt it wasn’t even worth my time to improve, or 2) it was spot-on the first time. The latter has never happened yet, but hey, a girl can dream.

yes my fabric did stick its finger in a light socket thankyouverymuch

For this version of the Scout, which I’ve affectionately dubbed my electrocuted candy cane top, I widened the sleeve just a scant 1/2″ and  Continue reading

scout badge, check

I never was much of a joiner as a kid… rules and stuff have always made me chafe. :~) Therefore, I wasn’t in the Girl Scouts, and so I’ve never known the validation that surely must come from earning those badges. (Am I crazy or didn’t there used to be sewing badges? Did they get replaced with ones like Netiquette? Not that netiquette isn’t important, mind you…) Okay, so these musings have precisely nothing to do with this blog post, except for being what the word “scout” brings to mind for me.

Scout Woven Tee pattern from Grainline Studio

Have you seen Grainline Studio‘s pattern for the Scout Woven Tee? I have to admit that the first time I saw this pattern (months ago), I did not immediately recognize the value. Continue reading