Running, running, running.

This is all I feel like I have been doing these days!  Running.  Both figuratively and literally.  I joined a local running group (No Boundaries- Fleet Feet) to get myself in shape to run a 5k.  We’ve been running 3-4 times a week and it has been amazing.  Life changing.  What started out as short intervals of  walk/run has morphed into me running 3 miles straight multiple times a week!  Who am I?  I did two 5k’s last summer, but felt like I failed miserably since I had to stop and walk multiple times and finished exhausted and defeated.  I know that this time will be different as I am so much better prepared.  I have been battling shin splints like crazy though, and have even been going to physical therapy to deal with them.  With a combination of compression sleeves, icing my legs after every run and buying new sneakers I am slowly healing.  I am serious about this running business I guess.  Our group 5K was this Sunday and I am psyched at how well I did considering my “injury”.

Unfortunately, given my crazy schedule with the girls, work and now my new running obsession I have had very little time to devote to my other passion- sewing.  So, I guess this is why I haven’t been posting these days.  Oh well, you can’t do it all and I am pretty stinkin’ excited about getting out there and feeling very accomplished at how far I have come with my endurance and abilities.  Running rocks!

Anyways, back to the sewing blog.  I have been sewing- somewhat.  I have sewn a few new versions of one of my favorite knit patterns- McCalls 6744.   I have made this multiple times already and love how versatile it is.


For this version I chose view C , but swapped out the skirt of View A and lengthened it by about 5 inches.  I find that view A fits me more like a tunic than a dress, and I wanted to avoid having to worry about a gust of wind coming and flashing my underwear to innocent bystanders!


I really like the faux wrap of view C, but really don’t like worrying about both the top and bottom of the dress exposing too much…so a combination of A and C work best for me.  I have done this in a maxi version in the past as well.


This version was made using a great Aztec like print I picked up on clearance at Joann’s last week.  I absolutely love it.  The top wrap pieces are cut at an angle, and unfortunately I am not completely happy with how the “stripe” of the pattern looks on top but I love the dress so much I am going with it.  A few features I like about this pattern are the elastic at the shoulders, the drape of the top and the elastic waist that I customize to fit just perfectly.  This allows the dress to be worn with or without a belt and it still has some shape to it.  I can see myself wearing this all summer long, and come fall throwing on a pair of boots and a cardigan and going to work in it as well!

IMG_2056Of course my favorite picture of me includes the girls…love.