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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Reagan’s Nursery Reveal

All throughout my pregnancy, lots of people asked if I’d be making a large handmade wardrobe for Reagan.  I’ve made several pieces for her, but I didn’t want to make a whole lot when I thought she’d be growing out of the clothing so fast. Turns out she has stayed in newborn clothes MUCH longer than I ever anticipated, but I still stand by my decision.  What I did want to make were pieces that would last (a little) longer than a newborn onesie so I began focusing on sewing non-clothing items for her nursery! I’m definitely still going to be sewing clothes for her because there are SO many cute children’s patterns, but those makes will be saved for later blog posts. 🙂

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Make + Replace | Joy Jacket Edition

Yall, I’ve been meaning to share this Make+Replace with you for months now! So much has been going on, but I’m excited to finally share it with you. If you’re new to this blog, here’s what my M+R posts are all about:

These posts just don’t come around that often unless it strikes me that I’m going to be making something very similar to something that’s already in my wardrobe.  Make+Replace involves taking the newly handmade item and replacing the similar RTW item.  And by replace, I typically mean completely remove from my wardrobe and donate it so there are no temptations to bring it back into rotation.

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