Dear Finny,
Lady, if I haven’t said it lately — you are amazing. Look at you rocking that 10k! And you did so in style! I love it. You are just awesome and I am so proud of you. A runner and a neighborhood negotiator. Seriously Finny — you are one talented dame!
Have you seen the beautiful collection of clutches created for the In Stitches March sew-a-long? I don’t know why I am constantly surprised by the creativity of others; y’all regularly wow me with your thoughtful projects. The fabric selection, adaptations (everyone hates Velcro, and everyone loves straps), the colors. I feel Spring in the air.
Our randomly selected winner for the March assignment is: Junie Moon.

March In Stitches winner

Tell me this doesn’t look like one of those cutouts from In Style magazine where they match the dress of the season with the accessories. So nicely done June! Check your mailbox next week for a prize.

Speaking of Spring and Amy Butler, I received the envelope of patterns this weekend. Included were the Frenchie Bag, Barcelona Skirt, Blue Sky Hat and Stash and Dash bags. {That sound you hear? It’s my feet dancing about in circles as I swing my hands above my head in happiness. Woo hoo!!} We’ll have to conquer these patterns together and share our feedback. I’m thinking that Barcelona Skirt is going to meet my New Year’s resolution of sewing my own clothes.

{I had a revelation the other day that soon enough I’m going to be the stereotypical hippie: a recycling-crazed vegetarian who sews her own clothes, would rather bike than drive, carries a Nalgene bottle just about everywhere and prefers homemade to store-bought any day of the week. Sweet veggie burger sandwich!}

My feedback for the March assignment: while I love the clutch shape, the original pattern is huge. Wowza huge. So, after chatting with Ms. Make it Snappy about this, I thought to put the pattern pieces on the copy machine at a 60% reduction. Voila:

In stitches clutch, mini

A much more appropriate sized clutch for the casual brunch in a sundress. This will hold car keys, cash, a driver’s license and some lip gloss. Parfait as they say! What’s the April assignment?

in stitches clutch, mini version, inside