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Bohemian Trevi Top :: contrast yoke and tassels

Bohemian Trevi Top :: With a contrast yoke and bright yellow tassels || sewn by a happy stitch

Most of the time as I am working with a pattern, I think up a million ways to hack it. “It’s a tunic!” “Oooh, a twofer dress!” “AND, even a romper!!!”  But by the time I finish with the intended garment I discard all of my pattern hack ideas and quietly move on. I leave my little pattern hack ideas behind to languish and die. Well, I am happy to report I listened to the “please hack me” voice this time with my Trevi Top and the voice was right!  My trevi top DID want to become a bohemian Trevi Top with a contrast yoke and bright yellow tassels! It really did! Guys, I managed to create my favorite shirt ever with this hack. Hello happy, hippy, bohemian Trevi Top!  You are here just in time for summer.

Actually, as you might be able to tell from the snow in these photos I made this top a month ago or so.  But no mind! I have never claimed that my internal voice was practical and it certainly isn’t seasonal.  It also took me so long to blog about it because I have been working on a tutorial for the the Hey June blog. So, if you want to learn how to add a contrast yoke to a top, pop over to Hey June Handmade for the easy tutorial.  But stay here for a little while so we can mutually admire this top.

Bohemian Trevi Top :: With a contrast yoke and bright yellow tassels || sewn by a happy stitch

Bohemian Trevi Top :: With a contrast yoke and bright yellow tassels || sewn by a happy stitch

Why aren’t bright yellow tassels a more common thing, right? I have no idea. They are so perfect.

The rest of the fabric is just as fun.  I used a print from the Anna Maria Horner’s line Loominious for the contrast yoke. I love that it is yarn-dyed and woven instead of printed on top of flat cotton. In essence it is scrumptious. The indigo striped fabric is an old white curtain that I indigo-dyed myself! I really love indigo dying, even though I don’t do it all that often.  The color is stunning and I surprised myself by falling in love with how they look together. It’s an unexpected pairing for sure.

Bohemian Trevi Top :: With a contrast yoke and bright yellow tassels || sewn by a happy stitch

Bohemian Trevi Top :: With a contrast yoke and bright yellow tassels || sewn by a happy stitch

Bohemian Trevi Top :: With a contrast yoke and bright yellow tassels || sewn by a happy stitch

I especially love the variation you get with the indigo dying process.  Didn’t the back turn out kind of cool? I was able to use a more richly dyed portion for the back placket and play on the natural variation of the dying process.

Bohemian Trevi Top :: With a contrast yoke and bright yellow tassels || sewn by a happy stitchBohemian Trevi Top :: With a contrast yoke and bright yellow tassels || sewn by a happy stitch

Bohemian Trevi Top :: With a contrast yoke and bright yellow tassels || sewn by a happy stitch

I hope you feel inspired to add a contrast yoke to a Trevi Top (or dress…even better). It’s a super fun variation and a great way to add a bit of a hippy/boho look with just a little bit of special fabric! Be sure to check out my tutorial with Hey June for the full how-to as well as a peek at my second contrast yoke Trevi.

Boho-Style Cape

Boho-Style Cape _ sewn by a happy stitch

What a strange time to be a maker. As so many of us are, I’m devastated by current events. The world feels threatening and unsettled and there are about eleventy billion people my heart is trying to scramble around to embrace, protect, shield. But, even as my emotions scramble, everything keeps shifting beneath my feet and I’m exhausted just trying to keep up with my Facebook feed. I’ve come back dozens of times to realize that what re-energizes and restores me is making things.  My time behind the sewing machine is where I can construct something real and solid and certain. I’ve long joked that sewing is my therapy and that has officially stopped being a joke. The process feels vital and at the same time the results feel frivolous. It’s an odd juxtaposition.  I guess this is a long way of saying that I made a boho-style cape and it’s not going to save the world but it got me through a tough time. Ha!

Ooh boy. (more…)

Not about Money. Other Reasons to Sell at a Craft Fair

Other Reasons to Sell at a Craft Market! Connections and Creative Fire __a happy stitch

{peg fairies by Sophi Karkeek}

Ack! It has been over a month since I wrote here! I always find it a little embarrassing when I neglect the blog. I do this funny thing where I talk in my head to you guys but don’t match it all up with pretty pictures and non-imaginary words and then lose track of just how long it has been. Silly brain parts.  I just finished up a holiday art fair and had a great time mixed with the usual bit of stress and mental wrestling.  I thought a lot about the financial benefits of a craft fair versus the other reasons I think you should sell at a craft fair and I thought I’d write it all out in case anyone else is pondering these same questions.

The past month has been so busy.  I know everyone can relate to that.  This time of year is intense, man.  For makers it’s even more intense because it’s often the most lucrative time of the year.  Imagine adding to the steep increase in holiday parties, family obligations, school events and gift shopping by having to create ten times as much as normal then promote and attend a craft fair.  It’s kind of insane. I’ve been having heart  palpitations for the last month and I only do one holiday sale! I’m sure other artisans have it much worse.

In the midst of my crazy, stressed-out, not-stopping-to-shower efforts I asked myself, “Is this really worth it?” (more…)

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