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no more hiding…and jamie flares!

For, like, 15 years, I’ve gone through phases where I find myself mentally composing blog posts or photo captions in my head. I have (mostly) not done anything with all those extra words for a variety of reasons. The last couple years, I’ve written dozens of blog posts about sewing all from the safe (?)...

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  • Good idea to cut the pocket bags on the bias!   I really love your jeans and your hair and your amazing posing and I’m so glad Loni peer pressured you into starting a blog!  The fancy pants needed to be seen!ReplyCancel

  • Loni

    Your Jamie Flares are pretty bitchin’. Totally smart to cut the pocket bags on the bias. Why didn’t I ever think of that!? Looking forward to seeing more of you in your makes. ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie

    As predicted, I certainly did love the photos and the blog post. Those jeans are awesome!! ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    Oh I love these!! Good idea to cut the pockets on the bias and have the waistband ready for elastic if needed. The fit looks great! I feel like pockets are low on me in most patterns so it’s very likely just me. Congrats on the blog and self confidence!ReplyCancel

    • cleverest colleen

      I bought a burda flares pattern that doesn’t have a yoke and uses darts for shaping. That should probably be my next attempt! I think I could get a much better pocket placement that way.ReplyCancel

  • Fantastic post! I’m looking forward to reading more. ReplyCancel

sewing for others

Did you ever take the 5 Love Languages Quiz? I always figured mine was quality time…and I thought gifts was kind of dumb. BUT…the older I get, the more I think maybe…the way I speak love to others is to give them things. And…hang with me here. I think I’m having an as-I-write epiphany. Sewing...

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  • LJ

    LOVE those nested Toasters, you clever girl.ReplyCancel

  • Ann

    I am so with you! I made something for my son this year which he clearly didn’t like…I tried to step back and remove my feelings. I don’t want him to feel like he can’t tell me or like he has to keep/use something just because I made it.

    And I did enjoy making it even if he didn’t like it.

    I think I will always make things for those I love. ReplyCancel

    • cleverest colleen

      it’s so tricky, isn’t it?! I’m glad my mom told me those tops weren’t working for her. We picked out a new pattern for me to try…and those unders for Husband need at least an inch added to the back rise. It’s unrealistic for us to expect that if we don’t get it right for OURSELVES every single time, that every non-selfish sew will be a win. Hey self! that was a great pep talk! hahaha.ReplyCancel

  • Batman

    It really is a huge undertaking to sew for someone and hit all the markers. The fact that you are even willing to try (teacher gifts, what?!?) amazes me no matter how many times you do it. I hope that anyone who receives a gift from you can remember that it wasn’t just a piece of fabric and thread that went into it, it was also a piece of you.ReplyCancel

    • cleverest colleen

      <3 <3 <3 you're the best. Thank you for your constant encouragement.ReplyCancel

it’s a̶l̶m̶o̶s̶t̶ new year’s eve

which doesn’t really have anything to do with anything but is true, nonetheless. Loni is always telling me I should blog. This’ll make her happy. I was very prolific in 2018. It’s not over (I think I can squeeze 2 more things in before midnight tmw), and I stand at 208 things made. I gave myself...

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  • Loni

    #GwynBlogged!!ReplyCancel

  • Bekah

    Yay! The boys made auntmade pj’s last night, and I just washed all my sistermade stripes! That green jacket looks nice. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Batman

    Yay!!! I am excited to read about your adventures in sewing this year!ReplyCancel

TALLIN fabric!

First off, make sure you start at the beginning…You can see all the stops on the tour at Jessica’s intro post. I am so grateful and excited to be included in this all star line-up! Thank you so much, Jessica! Full disclosure? I went a *little* nuts with this collection. It is so bright and...

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take 2

it turns out, maybe I need a sewing blog. So…here it is. I make no promises to post regularly…(I will likely post more frequently on instagram over at @clever_colleen.) anyway, here is the dress I made my toddler for her 3rd birthday. I used the Bella Sunshine Designs Felicity dress pattern, and it looks JUST like...

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