I <3 Japanese patterns

By Melissa LeRay

I’m not sure exactly where I was first introduced to Japanese sewing patterns, but since then its been a slippery slope of spending.   The collection wasn’t helped by my trip to China.  I think I came back with no less than 40 books.  It was a good thing I packed extra luggage.   I also came back with a lot of fabric, which is where the outer fabric for this dress came from.  The lining is Anna Maria Horner pink voile.

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Sunburst Mosaic Mini Quilt

By Melissa LeRay

The idea for this mini quilt came to me in a dream, which has never happened before.  In the dream, I was at a craft show, and I spotted a mosaic.  The mosaic was more metallic in color, but I woke up and knew I wanted to make this.  I had been wanting to make something for my Mother-in-law, who has done so much to help us since Elise was born.  She’s been a complete God-send, in every way.  From rubbing my back and encouraging me while I was in (my 32hr) labor, to staying two nights shortly after she was born while Matt was away and “taking the first feeding” only to take both and let me sleep through the night two blessed nights in a row.  She is always doing for others.

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Her bring-home dress

By Melissa LeRay

Or so it was supposed to be.   I made this dress while I was very pregnant with Elise.  It was made around week 35, and I was already told that she was measuring big.  When I made the newborn – 3m size, it just seemed so big.   So I cut it down.  Well, when the bubs was born, the day after her due date, she was little.  A whopping 6lbs, 8oz.  And this dress was still swimming on her.  So, these pictures were taken when she was 2.5 months old, when it finally fit her little self.  I took like 50 pictures, and I just wish I had taken more!

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Mendocino sundress

By Melissa LeRay

I can’t help it.  I chuckle every time I see the name of this dress.  My husband is an avid voracious reader, and prides himself on having a large vocabulary, including how to pronounce these big words.  So when I told him that this was the Mendocino Sundress, he corrected me, saying it was the Men-dah-cino Sundress.  I have many friends in California, so I went straight to the experts.  I was (for once!) correct – it’s Men-doh-see-no.  Minor technicality, yes, but still an exciting victory nonetheless.   Anyway, onto the dress…

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Eyelet pillowcase dress

By Melissa LeRay

I have had a long time fondness for pillowcase dresses.  They are so simple, sweet and comfortable.  This fabric was purchased at Britex Fabrics in San Francisco about 2 years ago.  They have a really great eyelet section.   What’s particularly convenient about using most eyelets is that the front bottom hem is already completed for you.   Yay for time savers. (more…)

The little voile dress

By Melissa LeRay

 

Or at least one of many to come, as I love the feel of voile.  Such a luxurious hand, and a great drape make this one of my all time favorite fabrics.  This pattern came together pretty quickly from start to finish.  This is the Blossoms & Bloomers pattern from Favorite Things. This is supposed to be a reversible dress, but I just wanted to focus on the voile, and so I only used a kona solid as the lining.  I’m really loving the buttons, too, which I purchased at Britex fabrics (I think!) a few years ago.

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The world can always use another blog.

By Melissa LeRay

And so I, too, write.  I’m excited to share all the sweet things in my life here.  Of course, the sweetest being my daughter, Elise, and my husband, Matt.  I’m a craft lover, and enjoy sewing, letterpress, and baking.  I find so much inspiration from those out there, documenting from their humble abode – reminding me that anything is possible with enough practice and self love.  Thanks for visiting!

 

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