Wednesday, September 25, 2013

bad blogger, baaaaaadddd bad blogger

But let me entice you back to reading with some adorable cuteness .

I have had a list a mile long of sewing for other people...and it's mostly for little girls.

Sofia had her fourth birthday and she requested purple for a fall jacket. And so purple it was.
The jacket is purple twill bottomweight and I fully lined it with a pretty purple plaid flannel. I used a few different parts of a few different patterns, and then added a few more custom touches like that button tab at the back. Sof went on a date with Papa and I to a football game so she wore it for the first time that night. It's adorable

And so is Sof. She is everyone's favorite girl in our family...we love her to pieces and find her to be the most charming, intelligent, sassy, stylish and interesting young lady. She's proud as can be to be four and has just started ballet lessons.

I remember when her mom was four and started her first dance classes. Being Kate, of course she chose tap classes. When we got home after buying her tap shoes, she promptly put them on, pulled a dining room chair into the kitchen and climbed up to tap, tap, tap those shoes. One of those moments I'll never forget. I think she was more excited about the noise they made than actually going to the classes!

Next in line was an oldest daughter birthday dress. Meghan requested a vintage sheet dress, and so she got it. We have a few more alterations to make, but I'm sure it's going to be beautiful on her.

And then came two commissioned dresses for some other girls I know. You are not going to believe this, but those little girls  requested purple, too!

This is Maddie and her brand new American Girl doll. I got to meet her when she was in our area visiting her grandmother. Maddie had Very Specific instructions for the type of dress that she wanted. So I took notes, and made sketches with her, and to my delight, when she got her dresses in the mail, she was says her grandma. She immediately put those dresses on for a photo shoot, and then, requested to wear her dress for school pictures, and well, as I hear, Maddie wants to wear that dress All The Time!

My friend Jenna had a special request. Her daughter was asked to be in a wedding and they couldn't find a dress in the right color and style that Kyndal wanted. So again, we did some measuring and sketching and web searching to find the dress that Kyndal wanted to wear. 
I actually made a pattern, made a muslin, did some fittings and this is the result:
She's pretty cute, and excited about the wedding. And she tells me that her dress will also be  worn by her at the Dove Awards in a few weeks....

I just told her that if anyone approaches her on the red carpet and wants to know who she's wearing, she better tell them it's a one of a kind custom dress by Lynne. And pass out my business cards, please.

Friday, September 6, 2013

why I haven't been sewing

Because I've been watching a dream unfold!

I have always dreamed of a life that involved allowing my creativity to go wild.
To sew and decorate and knit and paint and create to my heart’s content.
To offer the fruit of my labor and creativity to others who "get it."
To inspire others to do the same.

This little dream of mine became a reality in July. With an equally excited business person, we drafted a collaboration of our aesthetic and passion for re-style and re-purpose. She believed in the same things, as is evident by her vintage clothing store and her salon.  Everything began to fall into place when I let go and took the risk. JR has been self-employed his whole life, so to him, believing in a business is not as much a dream as it is an expectation. For me, that risk involves putting my heart and soul and thoughts and dreams out there and hoping people with like it….and then not taking it personally when they don’t.

A phone-call came from our partner Yvonne that she was offered a store front space on main street in a small town where we raised our families…a small town that is on the cusp of revival…breaking out of the “mall” lifestyle and embracing local businesses. We had to prepare the store and make it work in six weeks.

We started with this:


With the encouragement and support of our kids, Yvonne, her husband Jason, JR and I set about to make the space fit for our dream. Somehow, in six weeks’ time, even though we all worked other jobs, we were ready for business. I don’t know how it happened, but that’s the way a dream goes sometimes. You just wake up and realize that an entire scenario unfolded while you were asleep. Sort of like Christmas morning…you know you've worked your butt off, but somehow, it still seems like it really was Santa Claus that prepared and placed all those gifts under the tree!


I’m excited. I can’t turn it off. Every moment brings new inspiration and ideas. It’s not a bad place to be!

I heart ellen j goods! 
Find us on Facebook, and watch for an Etsy store coming soon!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

back from the wilderness!

Thanks for your response to the Special Sewing Swap! I'm going to get in touch with each of you very soon to get this thing rolling. Promise, it will be fun if everyone wants to play according to some guidelines!

Well, we just got back from another little get a tent, in the woods, in the mountains.

 And, yes, it was great. We didn't kill each other setting up, and despite the rain one day, we had some beautiful nights and some good hiking.

And some good cooking.


JR and I don't need much....just some time to hang out together. We've found that camping is one way to just  BE be somewhat disconnected from our normal life, to be together, to be relaxed.

I know there are a hundred and one ways to achieve the same result, but for us, there is something about getting remote and having only each other that keeps us grounded in our relationship and thankful for all that we have together.