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Wiksten Shift Dress || Driftless

Wiksten Shift Dress in Driftless - NoodleheadWiksten Shift Dress in Driftless - NoodleheadI got to try out the ever popular Wiksten Shift Dress finally! I loved seeing all of Jenny’s samples and was just itching to use the pattern paired with Driftless. As you may not already know, Driftless is overprinted on Essex, Essex Yarn Dyed, and Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun fabrics. They’re all a cotton linen blend which is an awesome substrate with lots of flexibility as far as what projects it’s perfect for. I have made approximately one million things over the years that use it and have always loved the results. I’ve used it on so many projects from bags to garments to home decor and quilts!!! So sewing up this shift dress seemed like the perfect occasion.

Wiksten Shift Dress in Driftless - Noodlehead

I love the simplicity of this style dress. It really allows the fabric design to show through. I paired it with my Meadow print and think it’s so fun and soft. I didn’t have time to try a muslin, with the waist tie I think it looks great. I’m sure if I made one again I can size down a size or two even. It’s very forgiving in the size department!

Wiksten Shift Dress in Driftless - Noodlehead

Wiksten Shift Dress in Driftless - Noodlehead

Wiksten Shift Dress in Driftless - Noodlehead

Back View

This pattern also includes the top version, I might have to give that a whirl as I’m not one to wear dresses all too often (although for hot, humid days I make an exception). I think it makes a fun layering piece under a cardigan, so hmmm, maybe I should add that to my list!

Frida wanted in on the photoshoot, so why not?!

Pattern: Wiksten Shift (dress option) by Wiksten Patterns
Fabric: Driftless, (Meadow)

Wiksten Shift Dress in Driftless - Noodlehead

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241 Tote || Driftless

241 Tote || Driftless - Noodlehead 241 Tote || Driftless - NoodleheadAh! So excited to keep sharing my Driftless projects with you! If you’re just reading, my newest fabric collection with Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Driftless, is now available in shops! How exciting! It’s so amazing to see folks using it already, too! I’ll be featuring those projects in my Instagram stories if you care to see!

241 Tote || Driftless - Noodlehead241 Tote || Driftless - Noodlehead

241 Tote || Driftless - Noodlehead

So as soon as this print hit my hands, I knew it had to be a 241 Tote. I don’t know what it is, but I love it when I get a fabric and I know exactly what to make with it. Sometimes that’s the hardest part, and even harder to keep waiting for that ‘perfect’ project to come to mind. It was really fun revisiting the 241 Tote again. I haven’t made one in over a year, so it felt really nice to sew something familiar.

241 Tote || Driftless - Noodlehead

241 Tote || Driftless - Noodlehead

The main print was based on water lilies that were in the Mississippi River. And the secondary print is based loosely off the pattern you’d see on a Common Loon. I just love this mix along with the chambray.

241 Tote || Driftless - Noodlehead

It’s fun to look back on these pictures we took over the summer.

Pattern: 241 Tote
Fabric: Driftless (by me!) for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Interweave Chambray241 Tote || Driftless - Noodlehead

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2019 was a good year

Whew! 2019 seemed to fly by faster than ever. It seems the older my kids get, the faster each year goes. My husband and I are trying to fully relish this busy time of our lives, we know it doesn’t last. We’ll have a High Schooler next year. However cliché it seems, looking back at pictures is always such a good reminder for me. Sometimes it’s a way of remembering what happened and that it all didn’t fall through my hands like grains of sand.

On the personal side of things we said goodbye to my best friend, Pepper, our Beagle, in June and after her leaving such a huge hole in our hearts, I felt the only way to recover from that was to give more love to a new puppy who needed a home. We adopted a puppy, Frida, from a local Humane Society. She’s a Blue Heeler/Border Collie and is just what we needed.  It hasn’t been the easiest adjustment, but she’s been so good for our family. My new main exercise activity is lots of walks and hiking and I’m loving every minute (even the cold minutes!). My girls participated in lots of soccer, volleyball , and school activities and we went on a fun family beach trip to Chincoteague, VA during the summer. My husband, Dan, has been busy cycling (from fat tire biking to gravel and road biking). It’s been fun to see him enjoying every moment.

Our new pup, Frida.

After finishing my studio space in late 2018, this year I felt was actually a need to re-settle into my work. I didn’t want to try to push myself beyond what my business was already doing, so it felt good to accept that I could go at my own pace no matter of any outside expectations.

Speaking of the business side of things, I released a few new patterns, the Crescent Tote, Redwood Tote, and Hillside Tote. Your enthusiasm for the patterns was contagious! My next fabric collection with Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Driftless, is actually shipping NOW! I also contributed to Making Magazine’s No. 8  (Wood Carrier project). It will be released as a PDF in my shop in a few months. I also have some upcoming work that will be in the next issue in Spring! I switched my shop platform over from Woocommerce to Shopify in August. It was a long-term project that I worked on for quite a bit of the first part of 2019 and finally got the kick in the pants to finish the switch in late summer. It’s been a great thing for my shop and also comes with a few quirks and hiccups along the way. Things are going pretty smoothly now and I hope to always allow time to take a look at the big picture parts of my business. I also had a fun interview on the Love to Sew Podcast with Helen & Caroline, such an honor!

My goal is to continue to provide a reliable source where you can find components and supplies that work with my patterns. I’m also hoping to continue to expand my offerings a bit while maintaining the kind of business I want to have (small!). If there’s anything you’d like to see in my shop in the future let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear! At this point it’s only really ME holding myself back, so a little push never hurts.

I’m looking forward to the new year! I feel that as I get older and my business evolves over time, I no longer need to compare what I’m doing to what others are doing. I can go at my own pace and run a business that aligns with my values and still have fun!

I am continually grateful for my friends and the support from this amazing sewing (and knitting!) community. After 10 years in business I cannot believe all the goals I’ve achieved while also being the kind of mom and wife and friend I want to be. Thank you for your support, comments and encouragement over all these years. There’s so much fun to come in 2020 that I cannot wait to share with you!

If you’re new here, take a trip down memory lane and check out my previous year-end posts from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 20142015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Wow, that’s a lot of years! I say that almost every year, but it’s true!