Hello 2019! So nice to see you!

I’m really not sure where the second half of 2018 went to, but I can tell you I am excited for new beginnings in 2019!

2019 has already brought me some very exciting news! I found out I was one of the lucky people chosen to become an OLFA ambassador for 2019. (Feel free to read the official write up here.) When I read my congratulatory e-mail, I cried tears of joy and excitement (no surprise there!) !! I’m so excited to spread my love of all things OLFA. And look, I’m already being spoiled with some ambassador perks!

In other exciting news, I was brought on to the Strike Off Team for The Fab Clique! (Affiliate link)

I’ve been sewing as a promotional sewist for a few months for TFC, and when the opportunity arose to make the move I jumped on it. I love sewing for Dhee! She is such a sweet soul, very encouraging, and her fabrics are AMAZING!

Here is my first sew as part of the Strike Team. This is a Sherpa lined French Terry, that is an absolute delight to sew with and it’s so warm and cozy! This fabric was part of the Solid Essentials monthly subscription box which is $25 a month for 3 yards of a mystery solid fabric. How fun is that?! I think Dhee really surprised the subscribers with such a fantastic fabric! I can’t wait to see what next month brings! ;)

I finally had the courage and the perfect pattern to use my beloved TKB Prints Maker Panel and splatter coords.

The Posh Top by George + Ginger (Affiliate Link) was the pattern I went with. It was my first time making the Posh Top, and i’m totally regretting not making it sooner. I was so happy with the final fit of the garment. I LOVE the turtleneck collar, and the bishop sleeves. I actually went a little extra and flared the sleeves out a bit more when cutting so I could get more of a dramatic puff on the wrist.

I started out my first pattern test of the year with the Cecilia Sweater (Affiliate Link) by DIBY Club.

This pattern was so perfect straight out of the gate. Usually I stray away from a criss-cross front because i’m so small in the bust area, but I went for it. Jess really knocked the pattern out of the park, I never have to worry about not having enough coverage in the front. While doing testing I figured it was the perfect time to construct the leggings I had had cut out weeks prior. I have no idea why I have been so afraid of making leggings, but I really was putting it off. I used the ABB leggings also by DIBY Club to create the perfect outfit.

I finished up January with constructing my first garment from using a paper pattern!

I’ve been afraid of paper patterns due to all the sizes being visible, and needing to trace the lines required for my sizing. With PDF patterns I only select the sizes I will be grading to and from. But the whole process wasn’t too bad at all.

I made the Freya Sweater by Tilly and the Buttons. I went with the mock neck because I need all the turtlenecks! Fabric is this perfect floral rib knit from The Fab Clique (Affiliate link), I’ve seen a lot of solid or striped rib knit, but floral is hard to come by so I was extra excited to sew this up.

That was basically my January in full! I’m excited to see what February brings!
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Heather Naretto