I dyed my hair pink, and now my new dress clashes!

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I felt like whipping up a new dress this weekend.  I have been wanting to make the Alder Shirtdress by Grainline Studio.   I pulled out some voile from the Robert Kaufman fabric line named London Calling.

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The pattern is great.  The fabric is great.  My dress turned out great.  Then I had my hair dyed pink.  Although the dress has pink in it, it reads as orange when you see it in person or in pictures.  I wanted to get some pictures of the dress to show on my blog, and I dislike every photo taken.  It just flat out clashes with my new hair color!

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I used pearl snaps instead of buttons.  I love snaps – so easy to apply and they make it fun to undress at the end of the day.

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I made my usual armhole gap fix on this dress.  I have slim arms and a narrow chest, with larger boobs.  To fit around the boobage, I usually end up with gappy armholes on sleeveless garments.  I fix this by essentially making a casing in the armhole binding about 3 to 4″ each side of the side seam, and inserting a shorter piece of 1/4″ elastic to draw up the excess.  Works great for me.

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I usually wear my hair blonde, so the color of the dress is a short lived problem.  In reality, though, this is not a shape that is flattering on my body.  I am too curvy for a an a-line shirtdress.  The Alder Shirtdress is an amazing pattern, but I am heading back to a more tried and true shape for me.  Stay tuned for my next dress…

I swear this is the last travel bag I’m making. Before I leave next Sunday.

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This time I mean it.  I have completed my travel bag journey.  This is the backpack I am using on my grand European tour.

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It is a super-sized version of the Dawn to Dusk backpack pattern by Chris W. Designs.  I left off the decorative straps on the pockets, just too fussy for my taste.  I wanted to let this glorious fabric shine.  It is a cotton voile by Robert Kaufman fabrics.

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This is the water bottle pocket.  Himself pointed out that it would actually hold two water bottles.  Yeah, because you know I’ll carry his water for him.  Not!  Since we are traveling to Britain and Ireland, I have decided to adopt the old custom and refer to the Mr. as Himself.  I shall be Herself.  Thanks, Carolann.

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I redrafted all the pattern pieces except for the front pocket and the straps.  We’ll be traveling for more than a day on the first leg of our journey, so I must have enough room for a book and some fresh undergarments.

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I love this lining fabric, it reminds me of alligator.

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I had made one of these modified backpacks earlier this year.  The colors just were not grabbing me for my travel wardrobe.  I am much happier with this print.

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I am taking the advice of one of my friends, packing a wardrobe comprised of black and white with royal blue as my accent color.  Everything I am bringing plays well together.  This is a tough challenge for me since I am such a color girl.  I want to bring red, and pink, and all the colors of the rainbow.  But only blue is going in that bag with the black and white.

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I embroidered this awesome tree of life design on the front pocket.  The design is from Urban Threads, one of my fave embroidery websites.

With departure less than a week away, I can barely contain my excitement.  Will you miss me?  I’ll be gone almost 5 weeks.   I’m going to do some type of travelogue if you want to come along vicariously.  There will be lots of pubs involved.  Lots.  Probably some blurry photos.  And some castles.

Oops, I did it again. Travel bag number two.

I guess they’re kinda like potato chips…can’t stop at one.  I made another travel bag this weekend.

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My lovely sewing assistant Tippy is performing his quality control functions.  You can tell by the pictures that this bag is big enough to carry a 20 pound cat.  I don’t know about you, but that is always one of my considerations when I choose a travel bag.

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Thank you, Tippy.

The pattern for this bag is the Cargo Duffle by Noodlehead, and it’s free on the Robert Kaufman website.  http://www.robertkaufman.com/quilting/quilts_patterns/Cargo_Duffle/  I’ve been saving this fabric for just the right project.  It is Charley Harper fabric by Birch Organic Fabrics.

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I plan to use the front pockets for my phone, earbuds, boarding passes, etc.  I used nice, sturdy snaps so they won’t randomly unfurl my goodies at the airport.  No magnetic snap disasters in my future.

I added an elastic pocket on one end for a water bottle, easily accessible so I can surrender it at the security checkpoint.

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I just love the fat little cardinals on this thing.  Did you know that the cardinal is the state bird of Missour-uh?  (And six other states.)  I figure that is why I have always loved cardinals.  There are also squirrels on the two pockets.  That makes me think of my dad, sitting in a lawn chair in the back yard, BB gun across his lap.  Just waiting for those fluffy-tailed rats to come into his yard, daring them to try.

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Maybe this is the bag for my trip to Honolulu this weekend?  Ooh, there are choices.  First I have to name it.  Any ideas?

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Stay crafty, my friends.