April 23, 2014

Project: Sugar Pop Top by Sew Caroline

Hi there!
Have you met my friend, Caroline?
She recently started a line of clothing patterns that are super fun and easy to make.
Perfect for beginners or those who just want to whip up a new outfit in a few short hours.

I answered the call to be a pattern tester for her latest and greatest pattern, The Sugar Pop Top.
This top was very simple to make with only a few pieces. There are two sleeve options, a cap or a flutter. There is also an adorable peter pan collar and a sweet little high-low hem.
I quickly made my top in the morning before Easter lunch with my family.

I cannot tell you enough how simple this top was to make!
But that could be because I have been working on hand-beading my Olivia Pope inspired dress that is nearly backless with triangles that button close and is fully lined in a way that you can not see the seam allowances at all. It's pretty awesome and just two buttons away from being complete. Hold onto your seat.
For my top I used a pumpkin-colored linen and rayon blend I purchased at Fabric Mart.
I managed to keep it unwrinkled until I sat in my car, baked some sweet potatoes, and met a puppy prior to taking these images...
What can ya do.
For this top I decided I wanted a lace collar. I looked through my stash to find a lace to cut with the peter pan collar but came across these beauties I purchased a while back because I just needed to have them and the project I would use them for would eventually come. It was a perfect match! It's like they were waiting for this moment to be used for this gorgeous top! 
I was even more stoked when the top fit well and there were no major alterations that needed to take place. The armholes are a bit snug for me personally, so I probably will redo the bottom of the arm for the sake of comfort. 
Because I opted to use the lace collars I had on hand, I made my own facing for the arms and neck. The pattern suggests to use bias tape. I am not very successful with bias tape...but it would be worth another shot...sometime...maybe.

I am happy with the way this top turned out and I am already planning a few more in my head as I type! There are so many possibilities for this pattern!

Make sure you follow Sew Caroline to see other examples of the Sugar Pop Top and to buy a pattern and start cranking out your own marvelous creations!
More from me soon! =]

April 22, 2014

You remember me?

So... I've been kinda terrible at posting weekly updates because I have trying to stay away from the blogging world while I prepare for my shows because I feel I can get quite distracted by it. I mean, the blog itself could be one business. But I created this blog to go along with my business. Be it's companion. It's friend if you will.

The truth is... I miss writing my blog.
The blog gives me a reason to make fun sewing projects a priority.
It allows me to take time to bake and put together something pretty, just because.
Sometimes I feel like my hobby of sewing is my work and I never stop working because that is seriously all I want to do. But just now I realized, that my blog is my hobby outside of "work."

So I am hoping to find a little more time for my blog again now that we have one show under my belt. Hopefully I will begin to gain confidence about the other upcoming shows and can allow myself some "chill time" for my hobby.

And I am going to start that right now with a this little list.
Because I enjoy getting to know other blogger's through their lists and their day in the life posts.
Some of my readers know me personally and read my blog to keep up with my life. 
But for others this is the way they meet me and learn about me.
So here we go! My first list!

MAKING handbags. All day everyday.
COOKING Muffins. I think muffins are the best.
DRINKING Today, hot chocolate & coffee. (together!)
READING new blogs and meeting new people
WANTING an accent table for our living room
LOOKING for new inspiration to start designing again
PLAYING how long can I avoid the grocery store
WASTING my time worrying when I just need faith
SEWING an Olivia Pope inspired dress. Almost done!
WISHING I had time to work on my patio project
ENJOYING the donuts my mom shared with me
WAITING for my coffee to kick in
LIKING my collection of lace I can't wait to use
WONDERING what Glenside has to offer 
LOVING my husband who is so supportive of me
HOPING I will make a positive impression
MARVELING at how beautiful life is
NEEDING to relax and take time for little pleasures
SMELLING fresh laundry. I enjoy doing laundry...
WEARING dinosaur p-jams. Don't judge.
FOLLOWING my Heavenly Father, for he knows all.
NOTICING the time and my to-do list
KNOWING that there is a reason I do what I do
THINKING about painting my desk
BOOKMARKING places to explore and things to try
OPENING a box of gorgeous hand-dyed velvet
GIGGLING this lobster skirt Tilly made
FEELING excited take on another day

April 14, 2014

Clover Market: Chestnut Hill

Hello there!
Remember me?
I finally resurfaced this past gorgeous weekend when I made an appearance at Clover Market.
It was 80 degrees and sunny!
A perfect day for a craft show...(despite the wind we received near the end.)
We debuted our Velvet Town Bags and Bow Town Bags at this show.
We also sold a little vintage, including clothing and housewares to round out our booth.

Our next show is just around the corner, so we will be back in hiding until then.
Stay updated with instagram to see what new products will be in Glenside on April 26th.

But first take a look around our Clover Market set up:

Can't make it to Glenside?
Don't worry! We have a few more shows this season.
New products will also be available in our online shop.
Visit us here: www.agirlnamedkatie.etsy.com

March 29, 2014

Weekly Update: Week 2 + 3

Hey there!
Like our new look?
(Template from Beautiful Dawn Designs)

Yesterday felt like the day to take a professional step with the blog.
So we put on a new set of work clothes!

Last weekend I was out of town, so I decided to post a combined update this week.

This week brought a new bag into town.
The Velvet Town Bag in Lavender!

I have been crazy about lavender lately.

We also designed some packaging for our silk scarves and started working on a few more new products.

New business cards and hang tags arrived this week! 
We can't wait to take these beauties to the show!

See you next week!

March 15, 2014

Weekly Update: Week One

Hey there!
In case you missed my last post, let me fill you in on where I have been all week!

a girl named katie is preparing for five spring craft shows!
And because I am super busy in the studio preparing for these shows, I have decided to just blog once a week until the show season slows down. 

So here is our first weekly update:

This week I finished a lot of bags and I am preparing to finish some more next week.
(They are so pretty, I just can't wait!)

I introduced two new bags and they are in the shop!

Don't forget, the 30% off sale is still going on!
Use the code: FB300 

The new bags are included in this sale. 
These are limited edition!
So grab your favorite before they are sold out!

See you next week!

March 10, 2014

News, news, news.

What's happening?!

Did you have a great weekend?
Did you feel that sunshine?
Did you hear those birds?!

We did!
And just like the cows in our pasture, we were lovinggg it!

My brother's birthday was last week and we had them over for the weekend.
I woke up early on Sunday and made him one of his favorite breakfasts, banana bread french toast with a loaf I baked earlier in the week.
We had strawberries and whip cream, and fresh squeezed orange juice.
Yum. :)

----------- Onward!! ----------

To the news: 

So you know how I told you I was accepted into three craft shows?
or 4..
now 5...

Yup. We are going to FIVE spring craft shows in the Philly area!
We just heard back from Art Star Craft Bazaar and we are in! 
So if you are in Philly, stop by and say hello! 
The show is two days, May 10th + 11th at Penn's Landing.

I am still freaking out. 

So much to do! So much to do!

So, that's the good news. Now for some bad news:
Because it is just little ol' me and anyone I can manage to bribe with coffee and baked goods helping prepare for the show, I have decided to take a bit of a back seat on the blogging front for a while.

I am planning to post weekly updates every Saturday that will include news, event information, and previews of new products. So make sure you catch up with us on the weekend! 

I will be back to blogging closer to the end of our Spring show season. 

But wait, there is more good news!
A Girl Named Katie is going to be getting a "brand" new look! 
We are officially working towards a new logo, a new website, and making several updates to our blog.
The new look is coming early this summer!

In the mean time..
3.) Leave us craft show advice in the comments!

Did ya get all that?
See you on Instagram, friends!