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Amy Rumbarger  Professional pixel pusher, collector of hobbies. Mostly sewing, food, and travel photos. ๐Ÿ“Chicago

Yesterday I bought a blow torch just so I could make this s'mores pie. ๐Ÿ”ฅ #worthit - my @backinthedaybakery cookbooks never steer me wrong. #baking #smores #meringue #pie

Not entirely sure if I can pull off the jumpsuit look, but I'M DOING IT ANYWAY ๐Ÿ˜Ž
Sometimes I think a style will look ridiculous on me until I suddenly get the urge to make it and then I HAVE TO HAVE IT. That's what happened with this heavily modified #M6083 jumpsuit, which I made in some luxurious bottomweight rayon crepe from @stylemakerfabrics. It has some stretch so it's super comfy. Hard to tell in black, but this has a wrap bodice with some shoulder gathers. I made a ton of modifications while fitting, most notably slimming the legs down a TON, and adding cuffs to the kimono sleeves. #mccallspatterns @mccallpatterncompany #stylemakerfabrics #sewing

I had a few false starts on projects the past couple weekends but I finally finished something! ๐ŸŽ‰
I got this beautiful navy and green floral Italian fabric in Rome a few weeks ago. It's a very fine, soft, lightweight cotton - very Liberty-esque but a bit drapier. I initially wanted to make a maxi skirt with it, but it ended up being just a few inches too short to make that work (#tallgirlproblems).
I decided to make a #yaletownblouse instead since I've made it twice before and know it's perfect for showcasing special fabrics. As an added bonus, the fabric sticks to itself just the slightest bit so the wrap stays closed with no extra effort! And the best part is, I'll think of Italy every time I wear it. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š #fabricisthebestsouvenir #sewing #sewaholicpatterns

After a crazy June, I feel like my summer is finally starting! And Chicago summer is the BEST amirite?! โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ–๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿ”๐ŸŒ‡๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

Basically how I feel about not being in #italy anymore. How long can I get away with blaming jetlag for my general laziness and malaise? #๐Ÿ˜ญ #florence #firenze

If you're wondering what I was working on for the past two weeks in #Rome, here's the gist of it! I normally don't post design work here but thought all my #sewing friends might enjoy seeing this. My project concept was a line of fabric designs based on inspiration I gathered around Rome. I then created a lookbook with different applications for these fabrics - these are some of the images from that book. I had so much fun doing this project and even more fun seeing everyone else's vastly different and amazing projects! @svarome #svarome #italy #fabric #textiledesign #fabricdesign #textiles

Last night in Romeโ€ฆI can't believe how quickly these last two weeks have flown by! Excited to head home, but not totally ready to give up this dream life of learning and designing in Italy with this incredible group of talented ladies. La dolce vita indeed! #๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น @svarome #svarome #italy #rome

There are a lot of "wow" moments at St. Peter's Basilica, but my favorite was this perfect beam of light. It truly feels ethereal and sacred in there, even surrounded by crowds of tourists. @svarome #svarome #stpetersbasilica #vatican #rome #italy

Scenes from our #lithography & #letterpress workshop today. So cool to play around with #woodtype and get my hands dirty. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป For my print, I used a photo I took of a statue here in #rome, and part of a Roman proverb that translates to "Have no fear." #svarome @svarome #italy #printmaking #design

Perhaps my favorite food discovery on this #rome adventure has been the affogato at Fiocco de Neve. It's a shot of espresso over zabaione (a custard with Marsala wine) gelato. It's dangerously close to the hotel so let's just say we've made a few stops there. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It's the perfect little shot after dinner to wake me up for a night of working on my final project! #svarome @svarome #affogato #zabaione #gelato #fioccodeneve #italy

A few of us spent the day in Florence yesterday. I had been here about 10 years ago but I obviously didn't appreciate it enough the first time aroundโ€”such a stunningly beautiful city! The views from San Miniato al Monte were worth the hike up the hill. #svarome @svarome #florence #firenze #italy #sanminiato #nofilter

Traipsed all over the Roman Forum this morning. So baffling to think how incredibly old these structures are and who must've walked here centuries ago. #svarome @svarome #romanforum #ancientrome #italy

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