Perkins Shirt | Ensemble Patterns

Long time no talk! I’m super loving my new Perkins Shirt by Ensemble Patterns and I wanted to share more details on it than can easily be done in an Instagram post. I also want to talk some more about the #sewcommonthread giveaway (at the bottom of this post)! If you haven’t heard about it yet, you definitely want to scroll down to get the details. Here goes!

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Tillery Skirt +Houston Flower Vault

It has been suuuuper quiet on the Lara Handmade Blog lately, and semi-intentionally so.  I’ve been trying to figure out how I want to proceed with this space. So far, I think that means fewer blog posts and pattern testing. Trying to have a truly realistic sewing plan rather than a “realistic” sewing plan is also part of my goals for this year.  I’m trying to sew through my stash and only buying fabric if I have a specific project in mind. I guess you can say I’m focusing on being more intentional with my sewing?

Actually, I think it’s mainly me trying to take the stress out of it. Stress that I always put on myself to crank out another project, have a new picture on the Instagram grid every week, have a new blog post at least twice a month.  Just typing that sentence made me super panicky. No, thank you. I’d love to get back to that spot where I can consistently post, but that’s simply not where I’m at at this point and that’s okay!

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York Pinafore + Cheyenne Tunic with Indiesew

When I decided to sew up the York Pinafore and Cheyenne Tunic, it didn’t even dawn on me that I’d be posting it two years (almost to the day) from when I shared my first non-introductory blog post on none other than the Cheyenne Tunic!  Even stranger still is that it was a red plaid one…kind of like this one…but in view B. That just goes to show you that I may be predictable, but I like to think of it as simply returning to quality patterns. 😉

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Cleo Skirt + Nikko Top with Indiesew

Around this time every year I begin willing the weather to be cooler by bringing out my warmer clothes and wearing them regardless of how ridiculous I might look. That usually means jeans, booties and a lightweight sweater. However, I think I found my new go-to fall outfit, the Cleo Skirt and Nikko Top. What makes it even better is that these are two simple and fairly quick sews!

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See Kate Sew | Boho Romper + Newborn Pictures

When I saw Kate’s Boho Romper pattern back in 2016 I decided I was going to make one if I ever had a daughter. So when we found out last December that we were in fact going to have a daughter I immediately added this pattern to my To Sew list!   I absolutely loved the gray/purple version, so I had to make that exact version. Who can pass up the opportunity to use Liberty fabric, right?!

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