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Tessa Springate  Sound Designer. Composer. Teacher. Mama. In love with sewing, knitting, cooking, travel, and sound.

I'm trying to be more organized with my sewing; hence the lists and bulk PDF cutting, and it seems fitting to use this photo for the 20 facts about me list requested by the lovely @sewingpolarbear 😊 Thanks lady! Here goes:
1. Almost two years ago I moved to Winnipeg, Canada. Also known as Winterpeg. Also known as Mosquitoville.
2. I may be getting pretty proud and protective of this vibrant, deeper then it seems, friendly little city.
3. That said, I hate winter and I LOVE summertime!
4. I'm not a fan of shoes, or socks. I very much enjoy being barefoot.
5. Also, not a huge fan of underwear. There's a story from my first day of kindergarten that features a lack of undies and I've been riding that train as often as possible ever since.
6. I love dresses and skirts, so you see my dilemma:
7. I did my first undergrad in jazz voice.
8. I did my second undergrad in composition.
9. I may be in the process of getting ready to go back to school to do another bachelor, this time in education.
10. I'm still not quite sure what I want to be when I grow up.
11. I love musical theatre. Current obsession is Hamilton.
12. Stephen Sondheim is my idea of the coolest celebrity I could ever hope to meet.
13. I've taught English in China and music in Palestine.
14. In another life I am a marine biologist, or maybe an underwater photographer.
15. My biggest dream is to swim with whales one day.
16. I'm a big Harry Potter fan. I like to think I'd be a Gryffindor, but in my heart of hearts I know I'd probably be a Ravenclaw, or maybe a Hufflepuff.
17. I'm not the most disciplined person in the world.
18. Brunch is the best meal of the day. I love it so much our wedding was a brunch wedding.
19. Little know fact: it was also a brunch wedding so that we wouldn't be expected to have dancing, because my husband is a horrible dancer. I love him deeply in spite of this.
20. Sewing has become more important to me then music these days. That's a pretty huge thing for me to say. 😳

Tagging @upinanniesroom and @saraberkes to share some facts if so inclined!

I am very much digging my finished #thecarsondress by @paddleboatstudio ... This is a great pattern, and exactly the kind of dress I want to wear ALL the time 😍😍😍 I made it straight out of the box with no alterations, and next time I'll lengthen the bodice and the skirt a wee bit (This one isn't hemmed, just serged because I didn't want to lose any length!) but other then that it's perfection. .
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#carsondress #sewing #sewcialist #memade #diyfashion #handmadefashion #paddleboatstudio #creativelife #isew #handmadewardrobe #imakeclothes

I'm liking where this is going! #thecarsondress coming down the pipeline, as my spring/summer sewing list trucks merrily along πŸ‘ .
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#sewing #paddleboatstudio #sewingproject #handmadefashion #wip #carsondress #memadeeveryday #naptimehustle

I made a new shirt, and I was trying to take pics of it, but it's a black shirt, and the pup was being adorable, and this pic makes my heart happy, so apologies for the unclear shirt pic, but no sorry's for the cute puppy pic 😜 This is a mashup #hemlocktee meets #toastersweater2 lengthened for legging wearing butt coverage, with cuffs for piano playing ease, and using more glorious @blackbirdfabrics sweater knit. It's pretty great.
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#sewing #isew #grainlinestudio #sewhouse7 #sewcialist #handmadewardrobe #dachshundsofinstagram #diyfashion #memade

I was out of town and wasn't able to get these up in time, but here is my #sewmystyle entry for March! I already had the @streetstylepatterns free legging pattern in my stash, and as it looked so similar to the #virginialeggings I opted to sew what I had. I used a really soft peached knit from @blackbirdfabrics and wearing them is basically like wearing a cloud...so soft and stretchy! And the fit is grand. Anyone else feel like making leggings, though simple, is a bit of a leveling up in the #handmadewardrobe game?! .
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#sewing #memade #leggingsarepants #blackbirdfabrics #sewcialist #handmadefashion #streetstylepatterns #sewingproject #memadeeveryday #diyfashion

It's happened. I have finally found my holy grail of sewing patterns for kiddo. This is the @elemenopatterns Boho Romper, and I am in love. It's fast to make, easy to get on and off, comfortable to move in, and pretty stinkin' adorable. You can make it in a knit or woven, PLUS the front and back are the same pattern piece; spill something down your front? No worries, just flip it around and throw on a cardigan! Perfection. I will be making approximately a bajillion of these 😊 .
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#sewing #isew #sewingmama #handmadebaby #elemenopatterns #romper #bohobaby #kidsewing #sewcialist #sewcute #handmadekidsclothes

First off, let me say that I love routine. A lot. Two days ago my father-in-law unexpectedly showed up on my doorstep with a little bundle of daffodil stems wrapped in newspaper. It woke the baby up, so I was a bit cranky, but I dutifully thanked him and put the unopened and spindly stems into water. Today they have blossomed into their full glory, adding sunshine to our lives, and reminding me that the unexpected joys in life almost always trump the safety of routine. ❀️🌼
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#flowers #daffodils #stilllife #followthelight #smalljoys #dailylife #springblooms #springtime

Because every little girl needs a pink velour bunny-eared hoodie, right?! Swipe through to see it in action! πŸ˜‚ Pattern is the free @brindilletwig #raglanhoodie (which for some reason I am unable to make without adding ears or spikes or some such nonsense πŸ™ƒ)
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#sewing #sewcialist #sewingmama #brindilleandtwig #handmadebaby #rabbitears #creativelife #mamamade #babyfashion

After a little break from my sewing machine, my #sewjo is back. Woot! I snagged this super soft blush sweater knit from @blackbirdfabrics with plans for an easy-wear spring sweater, so decided to keep it simple and make a #hemlocktee ... I narrowed the sleeves and kept them bracelet length. I love it! My husband says it looks like I'm not wearing a shirt πŸ™„ .
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#sewing #sewcialist #blackbirdfabrics #grainlinestudio #memade #memadeeveryday #diyfashion #handmadefashion #isew

One of my favourite fabric shops is closing (it's also one of only a very small handful of independent fabric stores in Winnipeg 😭) and they're having a big sale, so of course I went. I was smart; I wrote out a list of patterns I'm looking at making soon, fabrics I use frequently, notions to stock up on....it was all very practical. Nowhere did I mention velvet or sequins, but that's what I walked out with! What is it about sales that prompts one to take ludicrous chances on 'maybes'?! Because that's what this is: maybe I'll feel confident enough to sew sequins one day. Maybe I'll suddenly develop a more exciting life with opportunities to wear smokey blue velvet. πŸ™„ BUT...aren't they sooo pretty?! Who cares that I spend 99% of my time in leggings and that we're on this side of Christmas...I couldn't resist! πŸ™ˆ
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#whatwasithinking #fabric #fabricporn #sewing #velvet #sequins #mitchellsfabrics #winnipeg #winnipegcrafts #creativelife #sewingstudio #ilovefabric

Playing with bleach: the top swatch is a navy cotton voile, bottom is my experiment in seeing how it takes to a bleach bath. I think I like the possibilities here. I have visions of a very subtle shibori-esque patterned fabric sewn into a light, flowy #thecarsondress for the summer. Wish me luck! Or if you have any pointers to share, I'm all ears! .
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#fabric #fabricswatches #dyeing #bleachdye #sewing #creativelife

Recently I've taken a step back from garment sewing to consider more carefully what I really want to make for spring/summer. But, sewing keeps me sane (!) so in the meantime I'm making all the things on my list for the nursery! First up is light blocking panels and crib rail protectors (cuz my kid is a beaver πŸ™„) I'm having a lot of fun branching out from my usual fabric choices to play with print and colour a bit more. Can't wait to show you the finished room!! .
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#sewing #makeallthethings #fabricstash #ikea #ikeafabric #handmade #handmadekids #fabriclove #nurserydecor

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