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11.16.14Sunday Morning Sew: Deer and Doe Skirt

Each Sunday I am taking turns sewing up something for one of us Crawford girls to wear to church. If you have a pattern you think I would like us to include in this please email us at sewingingnomansland {at} gmail {dot} com

When I decided to sew for myself this week I didn’t take into account that I would have undergone surgery on my face and would have 47 stitches and a HUGE bandage on the side of my temple (I had to have MOHS surgery to remove some skin cancer) but I had already made the skirt and knew the combined powers of Nichole Van and a cute hat would make it all okay!


This week I sewed up the Chardon Skirt by the French pattern companyDeer & Doe. I received a gift certificate to their shop when I won Project Sewn. Their patterns are offered in both French and English. I challenged myself to only read the French instructions though in an effort to keep up my French.


Before I talk about the pattern and my fabric choice can I just apologize for my horrendously pale legs ha! I brought two pairs of boots and these cute heels I swiped from my sisters closet. I only brought boot socks though no tights. BIG mistake. The boots I had (Hunters and Minnetonkas) did not look good with the silhouette of the skirt. It need a nice sleek pair of riding boots.


I had a lovely pair of Frye riding boots but they were HASHED from Paris and I threw them away in an effort to FORCE myself to buy a new pair. Have you ever done that? Did it EVER work out for you? ‘Cause it has NEVER panned out well for me. I just sorely regret it and end up taking pictures in the snow freezing my nakey legs off.



Okay so now for the pattern. The skirt is fairly simple as long as you know how to create inverted pleats. And even if you are a newbie to those they have pretty good instructions. I chose a size eight and it was too big but that is my own fault (self esteem issues and all ha!)


The main problem I had was with my dumb fabric choice. I loved the color of this bottom weight fabric but it was FAR to stiff for it to look as good as it could have.


I love the pockets and the high waist. I like the bias taped hem and for once in my life the zipper lays perfectly. But honestly I don’t know how much I will wear it because of the dumb fabric. Grrrrrr. I guess I will just have to make it again with proper cotton. At least you know how it is with a second sewing, it always goes wayyyy faster.

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Just for FYI:
Hat and mittens: H&M, Pinstripped blouse and blazer: JCrew, Scarf: Monoprix (France)

Pattern: Deer & Doe  Fabric: Joann Fabric

All photos by the amazing Nichole Van



11.06.14Pattern Tester

Back again whoot whoot! I have been working on a new pattern I am super excited about. It is a jersey knit dress and is soooo comfy, easy to sew up and can look super glam if you accessorize it correctly. So far I have sewn up four for myself and am now crazed when it comes to finding cute jersey fabric. I am looking for testers I can send the pattern to this Friday and they could have it back to my by next Wednesday. I know that is somewhat of a fast turn around but this is EASY sewing.  I do not need pictures of the finished product by next Wednesday just your input on any sizing issues etc. I would however eventually like if some pictures could be taken so keep that in the back of your mind. I am going to try and get all of the versions I have created photographed but for now I have done the following two:

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I will talk more about the dresses (ie. where I purchased fabric etc) when the pattern is released. I just wanted to give you an idea of what you would be sewing. Also that is my niece in the first picture who towers over me at 5’9 so if you are one of those gorgeous tall girls know this dress will run a little short. But more on that later.


If you would be interested in testing the pattern please EMAIL ME at sewinginnomansland (at) Do NOT comment here if you want to be a tester. I mean please feel free to comment about the dress but if you want to test you HAVE to send me an email. It is the only way I can keep things organized. I repeat DO NOT put in the comments you want to test.  I am looking for sizes 2,4,6,8 and ten. Please know that as much as I would LOVE to I can seriously only handle ten testers max (2 for each size) It just gets too crazy logistically otherwise. If you do not hear back from me I unfortunately already have two people in your size. Thank you so so much for your help!



11.05.14Long Time No See but not No Sew

Well, hey there good looking! It has been a tumultuous summer for us Crawford’s but we have finally settled into our new house and Chris has settled into Afghanistan and it’s time to start sharing all the projects I have been doing. I just had to start with THE COVER OF STYLO MAGAZINE!!!!

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I about died when I saw Finn there struttin his stuff on the front of the third edition of STYLO Magazine! Click on over here to see the overwhelming number of amazing projects. Seriously I think this edition has at least three times as much content as the first. They just keep getting better and better with each edition!

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You can also hop on over here to download the template I used for Finn’s Outsiders shirt. I totally forgot to mention in the magazine that I used THIS super easy V-Neck shirt pattern. Which was just silly of me since Jessica is one of the Editor in cheif’s of STYLO and the tut is on HER website. Duh Kelly.


The only difference is in France they sell ribbed edging in the ribbon section so I have a stash that makes T’s have a nice finished look.


I was lucky enough to be one of the contributors that got to work with Janome for this project as well. They shipped me out their new Skyline S5 machine. I gushed about it in the STYLO article but I really want you to know it is ALLLLL true!


I had to box it up and send it back and man did I learn sometimes ignorance is bliss. It have been using good ‘ole trusty at my house for almost four years. You kinda get used to the annoying and frustrating thins and don’t realize JUST how obnoxious they are until you sew on a newer stronger machine.


And it is the little things about this machine that I loved. The fact that you could do monogramming without having to get a PHD. The fact that your top thread is tucked away in a little compartment. But my absolute favorite is something I don’t think most people would notice but this machine is FAST!


When you are like  me and are single parenting it with four little cuties demanding your attention, time is of the essence. I kick this thing all the way to the right and woah does it go. You can slow it down if you are a beginner but believe me once you start getting your feet under you, you will appreciate a fast, strong machine.


So, if you are looking for a Christmas gift to ask for that is sewing related check out the S5. If you are looking for a more budget friendly option the Janome DC2014 is a great middle of the road machine. Not so expensive that you will have to get a night job to pay for it but quality enough to last you years.

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Thanks Janome for making me weep as I started sewing again on ‘ole trusty! And thanks Jessica and Celine for yet again putting together an incredible inspiring magazine!! Seriously hope over here now, I promise you’ll thank me!
PS Tomorrow I will be putting out a call for pattern testes for a new pattern that is completely done. Like there should be NO changes at all. I have already had the rough bumps worked out on other people. You just get the finished product! Yay!

07.28.14Anneliese is Sizzling

I am super excited to have Anneliese from the Aesthetic Nest here today! Anneliese’s creations are always stunning no mater what medium they come in. Birthday parties, crocheting, sewing & pattern creating. You name it Anneliese does it and does it WELL.  She has a gorgeously curated selection of patterns in her shop HERE and my personal favorite birthday party post is HERE. I was thrilled when she agreed to participate in our sizzling Paris series and of course as always she knocked it out of the park. Here is a little sneak peak.

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Oh my GOSH right?!?! How high end super chic is she?!?!  And you know what is awesome? It is totally a Vogue Pattern (how fitting right ha!)  You HAVE to hop over HERE to see much much more.  Thank you so much Anneliese for pulling out the stops and glamming it up for us! You constantly out do yourself!


07.24.14Sewing Rabbit Sizzling

I am so excited to share Jessica’s, of the epic blog ME Sew Crazy, DARLING outfit inspired by Paris. Jessica is incredible. That’s all there is too it. How she juggle all her amazing projects (her blog that has something new and amazing every single day) the eye candy online magazine STYLO (which I sit on pins and needles for every issue) and her pattern club. Seriously, just typing all those made me tired ha! And what really floors me is the quality of all these projects are off the charts. She doesn’t skimp anywhere to make all these things happen she goes full force on everything she touches and today is no exception.  Here is a little sneak peak:

You have to hop over HERE to Me Sew Crazy to see all the darling pictures of her not so little girl surrounded by water lilies and to read some really fun thought on parenting (I may have teared up). Thank you so so much Jessica for lending us your incredible talent!! Your the best!