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Lugu Fabrics Blog Tour (and a giveaway!)

Hello, and welcome to my stop on the Lugu Blog Tour! Sit back, get comfy…I made a LOT of LUGU! But wait! Did you check out Jessica’s intro post? It’s ok. This post will still be here when you get back. March has been my Month of Sewing Lugu. I made several items for the...

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  • Jamie

    I’m in awe of all you made!  I’m a mom of 5 girls and don’t find much time to sew, but I’ve told myself it’s now or never and I’m planning to sew most of my two youngests’ summer clothes.  I’ve already bought a bunch of tallin and lugu cotton, but I’ll have to look for some knits.  I didn’t realize they were a thing!  PS love that pug!ReplyCancel

    • cleverest colleen

      art gallery’s knits are THE SOFTEST! They’re kinda pricey, but if you want a heads up on some really bonkers low priced knits that have the same exact feel, DM me on insta! I’ll give you the scoop on getting some to practice with!ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Found you through the Lugu bloghop – your clothes are amazing!  I have 2 littles and am just starting to make clothes for them.  You are inspiring me to start sewing all the clothes for them.ReplyCancel

    • cleverest colleen

      you can totally do it! I believe in you. 😀 ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Favorite fabric – toss up between Sleep Tight and OdysseyReplyCancel

  • Lacramioara

    Love your blog! You are such an amazing sewist! I wish I could travel and hang out with my sewing friends. 
    That fabric is so beautiful!  I’d make a pearlie dress out of the owls and pjs from the mint one. ReplyCancel

    • cleverest colleen

      pearlie dress love FOREVERRRRRR!!ReplyCancel

  • Kizzi

    Wow! I just love Jessica’s new collection and your post has me wanting to sew all sorts of pretty things. I’m so impressed by everything you made. Love it! ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    Those owls! I have already ordered some in cotton for quilts but would love some knits to make some cute things for nieces ReplyCancel

  • Those are sooooo adorable and in the WORLD do you find the time to sew it all??? Seriously can you do a video so we all can see your super speed ninja sewing skills? ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    My comments don’t seem to be showing up so if you get three from me…sorry!
    Anywho it’s all sooo adorable! I’d love to see a video of your super speed ninja sewing skills cuz girl, you make tonage!!!ReplyCancel

    • cleverest colleen

      Ha. It’s set to moderate comments for first time commenters! I deleted the redundant one. 🙂 I had about a month to make all these things! I can be fast when I need to be, and it’s something I’ve made before. I don’t think I’m actually that fast in general!ReplyCancel

  • So fun!!!!!!! Lumina dusk is my favorite ReplyCancel

  • Loni

    YOU’RE RIDICULOUS. ReplyCancel

  • Diane Beavers

    Colleen, wow on top of WOW! That’s a lot of cute adorable PJ’s and models .I have yet to sew with AGF knits. Surely those are as exquisite as their Rayon and cotton. Lots of babies to sew fir this summer and subsequent baby shower gifts needed! Lugu is my ideal choice. Thank you for sharing the whole story behind the scenes photo shoot-indeed an epic undertaking. Love it all!!!ReplyCancel

    • cleverest colleen

      thanks so much, Diane! AGF knits are the besssstttt! I hope you get to sew with them soon!ReplyCancel

  • That darker colored dress. I love the shape on the back of the bodice. I want it in my sizeReplyCancel

    • cleverest colleen

      it’s so beautiful, right?! I think she’s gonna have a closet full of these. ReplyCancel

  • Theresa

    So much fun! ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Aurora

    My favorite is Konstelacija Maagia.ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    Love love love those adorable dresses- that moth is AMAZING. So gorgeous. I don’t know which one is my favorite print- owls have my heart but the odyssey moths are so fun and fresh!! Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Teri

    My favorite print is the Sova Daybreak but they are all lovely.  All of the gatments show the fabric beautifully.ReplyCancel

cookie blouson jacket

I don’t even remember when I first saw the Cookie Jacket by Waffle Patterns. It was a couple years ago…I saved it, visited its listing on Yuki’s site…I thought of it longingly. Finally, last year, I bought the pattern. I had it printed through PDF Plotting…and still, it languished…unmade. Fast forward, and a small sewing...

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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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  • 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