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    Hi! I'm Traci. As a wedding and portrait photographer, I have a photography blog that shares the work I do for clients. This blog is for my other creative side. The side that goes weak at the knees over fabric, adores anything crafty, and gets cranky without some sewing machine time!

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The Halloween Sewing: Homemade Frozen Costumes

While there wasn’t a ton of sewing going on last year, things did get serious for Halloween.  Like everyone else in the world, we are big Frozen fans, and so for Halloween we wanted to be a Frozen family.  Ellie already had her Elsa dress from her birthday, and Nic and I found our costumes on the interwebs.  That left Will’s Kristoff costume to make.  I couldn’t find any tutorials so I had to wing it.  I was incredibly proud of how it came out, though–I think I found the absolute perfect trim, silk sash, and the suede fabric I used for his vest along with the fur trim (which I had to order from England) really made that vest as Kristoff-like as you could get!  I also made a quilt cloak for my Anna costume, knowing that it would probably blizzard (a Halloween tradition we gratefully skipped this year).  It was down to the absolute wire, so the details weren’t quite as on point as I wanted, and I couldn’t find the right woven fabric to mimic her wool so I went with flannel, but it kept me warm and was close enough.


(Will’s boots weren’t ready for our Boo at the Zoo costume debut, but we had them ready for Halloween. :)  I couldn’t convince Ellie to carry a snowflake bag–she ADORES the classic pumpkin trick or treat bag, but Will was happy to carry the bag I attached to Olaf.  Added bonus–the mittens perfectly covered the cast he’d just been put in two days earlier when he broke his arm!)


knitting, a review

A little review of the knitting projects I finished since my post last year.  The biggie of the year was a sweater for Ellie:


(Plucky primo aran yarn in plie–took three skeins)

I also made two Jul pattern hats this year–I absolutely love the pattern:


(Fiber Company Acadia yarn in blueberry and Manos del Uruguay silk blend in magenta)

A cowl for Ellie


A earwarmer/headband for me


(Plucky traveller aran in fondant)

And several other works-in-progress that hopefully will see their time on the blog soon!

lucky find quilt

Hey look at that!  Exactly one day shy of a year since my last post and here I am again!  It’s been so long I couldn’t even remember the url to log in to write this post.

Anyway, the last year has been devoid of blog posts but not of crafting.  Let’s start with this quilt.  I found the top while cleaning out the studio closet a few weeks ago.  I’d completely forgotten about it.  Completely.  But I was inspired to quilt and bind it and here it is, all pretty and crinkley!


Made from a few Strawberry Fields charm packs from Moda, it’s a nice lap quilt size.  I used a light taupe for the back and a taupe and white striped binding I already had made (leftovers from another quilt binding).  My first choice would have been a binding that popped, but you can’t beat bias binding already made!

those needles keep clacking

Did you know that you can study and knit?  I discovered that as the spring semester rolled into play last month and so while the books are cracked, it has only slightly dampened the knitting obsession…


I’m nearing the end of this Polar Opposites cowl, which I began on the eve of the Super Bowl and realized that the 12th man gene is clearly injected into all Seattle babies–look at those subconscious Seahawks colors!


These mitts marked by first colorwork project (hurray!) and I loved making them.  I knit them as part of the Swans Island February mitt-along and hopefully they’ll be lucky and win me two skeins of GORGEOUS Swans Island yarn!


This lovely tweed has been in my stash for a long time and I finally turned it into two hats (while watching chemistry videos on the structure of atoms), one for my sweet little boy.  It’s a very rustic yarn so I started to doubt whether my sweetie would actually WEAR the hat.  Before casting it off I called it over and asked him to try it on.  “Is it too scratchy?” I asked skeptically.  “No Mom–it’s WONDERFUL” he enthusiastically reassured me.  I don’t think a craft-loving mother could have been better issued a firstborn child.  This kid would wear a crown of thorns with a smile if I told him I made it.


From rough hats into the softest thing I’ve ever made–this Salty Dog hat for Nic for our Valentine’s Day 12-year-dating-anniversary from Plucky Traveller Aran yarn.  Oh. Em. Gee.  Softest most wonderful thing I’ve ever knit and I just adore the color (Jack of All Trades).  It’s a mix of merino, yak, and silk and is divine.  I can’t say enough about how crazy wonderful it was to knit with!

Suzanne - You have a great round up of projects. My goal is to knit and read but you have taken it up a notch.

Susanne - Beautiful work!! What are you studying?

the elsa frozen dress

It has recently come to my attention that there are still people left in the world who don’t know what Frozen is, so in case you have been living in such a world, let me tell you:  in 2013 Disney came out with a movie called Frozen.  It was the best movie ever.  The end.

Except it’s not the end because there was this little girl who happens to belong to me who was just as obsessed with Frozen, and in particular Elsa, as every other little girl in America.  She really wanted an Elsa dress and since the cheaply made Disney versions always make me a little sad (though the $90 Anna dress I saw at the Disney store the other week was pretty amaze-balls) I bought up everything blue and sparkley at JoAnns and made Ellie an Elsa dress for her birthday.

Long-time readers might think this looks a lot like the Snow White dress I improvised for her last year.  They would be right.  This one is better, though, because my mom helped!  (Which means that it has great features like a velcro back for easy on-and-off and soft fabric sewn over where the ribbon attaches to the bust.  She’s nicer to Ellie than I am like that.)


I used four different fabrics for the skirt–a light blue lining, a basic blue tulle for volume, a shimmery blue tulle over the top, and then a sheer blue fabric with glittery overlay for her train (which, like Elsa’s, runs across the length of her back).  We paired it with a ice-like accessory for her hair (found in the floral section of Hobby Lobby) and the clearance rack fur coat I had a friend get for me last year because for $5 you just KNOW you’ll eventually find a need for it.  She was the belle of her Frozen themed birthday party.


Sherry - That is beautiful! I have not seen the movie yet (so ready for Tuesday night!), but my twin daughters saw it with their dad and they are in love with Frozen. I will be making a Elsa and Anna dresses soon for their Frozen party as well.

Jessica - Is it weird if I also want a dress like Elsa? And also her voice?