Hello My Name Is!

I recently made a video on my Facebook group introducing myself and introducing the group. Here it is in text form (not word for word, of course):

Hello! My name is Leigha. You may know me from this blog, or maybe from another way – Facebook, Instagram, church, or some other way. If you followed along at all in 2017, you probably know that I challenged myself to a year of purchasing no ready-to-wear clothing from the store, but instead make anything I needed or wanted. Long story short, I did it! And the experience gave me a new appreciation for the environment, being frugal, valuing quality (over quantity, in most cases), finding that personal stress is decreased when you own fewer things, health, and self-esteem/self-love. Not the kind of self-love that says “I’m so great. I’m better than everyone else,” but the kind of self-love that gives a person confidence, the kind that allows you to encourage others.

As I was learning these types of things along the way, I tried to incorporate some new changes to my lifestyle. I knew these things would be best for me and best for me to be a good steward of the Earth God put in our care. However, I’m a super practical and pragmatic, so I knew I would never stick with the changes if they were too complicated or too involved – the changes had to be easy to implement if I was going to do any of them long term.

But to clarify, I’m not talking about cheap cop out changes. I mean, in some cases the changes were cheaper than what I had been doing previously, but in no way were they cop outs, and in many cases they weren’t significantly cheaper.

So I created my Facebook group as another way for me to share the products I’ve found or created along the way, ideas, tips and tricks, recipes, and more to help you all on whatever journey you may find yourself on.

Thanks for taking the time to hangout here – I’m excited to get to know you all better!

Enjoy your day!

Pattern Review: 5 out of 4 Ninja Leggings

ATTENTION!!! FIRST PATTERN

REVIEW POST!!

(so if I could do better or I missed something, let me know)

5 out of 4 (affiliate link throughout) Ninja leggings are AWESOME!

Honestly, they are so easy. Cut. Leg seams. Gusset/font and back seams. DONE. An entire pair of leggings completed in no time!

On our recent trip to San Diego, California.

Sewing in the gusset is the hardest part, but the wonderful people at 5oo4 save the day and have created a video to help us all out.

Sorry, my leggings aren’t actually different lengths, my legs are (real story) – I forgot to adjust the bottoms before I took the photo.

I sewed up a size M without any modifications. The only thing I did a little differently than typical was to make my own bottom ankle line between the regular and the long – I like my leggings a little bit longer on me.

When your leggings match the statue…

This pattern would be so easy if you had to grade between sizes or something.

Cost: $9.95 from the website without a code. However, if you join their Facebook group you can get a code for a SUPER discount (one that you cannot refuse)! Hint Hint!

On our recent trip to San Diego, California.

I hemmed up the bottom of my leggings per the pattern. I know that there are lots of people who don’t bother – I might not for the next pair(s).

Let’s see – I think that might be it. If you have questions let me know!

On our recent trip to San Diego, California.

Aspen Fleece Vest

So the last few weeks have been bonkers. After this, I’m pretty sure I could take on almost anything.

A while back, Mr. Canada and I had jokingly gone to a Sunday afternoon real estate open house. Fast forward to a few Saturdays later – we now own a fixer upper house. Not the house we looked through that sunny Sunday, but another very promising house nearby to our current home. While all of that is for another post, it was all happening WHILE testing this vest pattern.

I just accidentally stumbled upon the 5 out of 4 website and Facebook group one day sometime back. I’m so glad I did. One day Jessica posted that she needed volunteers to test a new fleece vest pattern she was creating. I thought “I’ve never sewn from a pattern in my adult sewing life, I’ve never sewn a zipper (let alone 4), and I’ve definitely never sewn a binding (if we’re honest, I didn’t even know what a binding was).”

Without thinking much more, “let’s do it!” Nothing like jumping straight in the deep end to learn some new skills.

So I took Mr. Canada to the craft store for some really soft fleece. He’s so much better at color matching and knowing which prints would be nice.

Photo by EWP

I got to work on my vest. First came the muslin. Two actually. Because when you test patterns sometimes the pattern needs tweaking for the best fit on the most people.

Photo by EWP

On to the final. Time to learn how to put in zippers, bindings, and the like. And it totally worked. The final product is wonderful. Most of the fleece vests sold in stores are boring colors and plain prints, if any. But with this, I could choose different pocket options, different color blocking options and of course, I could choose what color and print was most fun.

Photo by EWP

Photo by EWP

The pattern instructions were SO easy to follow – even for me as a very beginner as far as clothing was concerned. I got through the zips and bindings in a cinch.

Photo by EWP

I can’t wait to try out the other 5 out of 4 patterns I have! Stay tuned for those!