Winter Wear: The Halifax Hoodie

Halifax Hoodie | Octaves of Color, a Creative Blog

I live in the Midwest in a 70-year-old condo that lacks insulation in the exterior walls. When the temperature drops, the walls become cold to the touch, like the inside of a refrigerator. By late Fall, it starts to get downright chilly inside, even with the heat on. Since I know cranking up the thermostat […]

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Pattern Review: Angelica Pattern by Jilly Atlanta

Pattern Review: Angelica by Jilly Atlanta | Octaves of Color, a Creative Blog

Meet the new Angelica Pattern from Jilly Atlanta. Designer Jill Coppock said that when she was conceiving the Angelica, she wanted a top to help her daughters feel like they have wings. What resulted is a precious top or dress that looks great in many fabrics. The Pattern Details The Angelica pattern uses pleats and gathers […]

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Pattern Review: Laneway Dress

Pattern Review: Laneway Dress | Octaves of Color, a Creative Blog

I was thrilled when Jennifer of Jennifer Lauren Handmade invited me to review her pattern for the Laneway Dress. It is a classy, vintage inspired dress with three spunky collar options. So naturally, I decided to sew this dress for a friend of mine whose personality perfectly matches this dress. My dear friend Sharon is […]

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Me Made Capsule no. 1: Classic Tee Shirt

Capsule No 1: Classic Tee Shirt | Octaves of Color, a Creative Blog

Welcome to the first post in my Me Made Capsule Series! The first project I wanted to tackle for my capsule wardrobe was a classic tee shirt. There is nothing more basic or more essential than a tee shirt. But because tee shirts are so simple, every detail makes a big impact. The fabric, neckline […]

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Streaming Shows and Hand-Knitting Socks

When I’m feeling lazy, my favorite thing to do is grab a set of knitting needles and stream TV shows on my computer. It’s relaxing and rejuvenating me-time. The last few weeks I have been on a binge-watching, sock-making spree. So far I’ve made two and a half pairs of socks—one and a half pairs […]

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La Paz: A beautiful blazer, inside and out

We all know that it’s what’s on the inside that counts. And while sometimes I ignore the inside of my me-made clothes, I do think that a well made garment should be beautiful both inside and out. Unfortunately, making the inside of a garment beautiful requires extra time, and chances are that only the person […]

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