Winter 2017 two-hand set dance

Face each other, skip forward take hands, lady passed on front (her arm in from)

Skip forward 2 beats, sevens outward, sevens inward, lady in back, her hand on partner’s left shoulder

Pop234567 (sevens outward), sunshine arms send in place, sevens while turning over right shoulder, sevens inward, lady in front (partner’s hands on her right shoulder)

Pop234567 (sevens outward), sunshine arms send in place, sevens while turning over left shoulder, sevens inward, face each other

Skip around in circle (be back by 6), face each other.

Take hands and sevens to back, open arms and circle to right, close arms and sevens to front, open arm and circle to right.

Spin lady, skip to back, spin again, face front, point and bow.

Spring 2017 slip jig and hornpipe

Slip jig: keep the momentum going

Step lift-hop-down step lift-hop-down

Skip1 skip(left)2-3 leap2-3 (right, end with left in front), hop-buttkick(rightfoot), place right foot in front

Hop(leftbuttkick) slide-left, hop(rightbuttkick) slide-right

Cut left, cut right, point right.

(Turn around walk) step left, step right, step left.  (Immediately go into next step)

(Old: Gallop, turn switch-kick, turn-on-right, point left. Twist-twist-twist forward something something)


Hop cross-step-step step-heel(left) (half grapevine), hop-over step-right hop-onto-right (left buttkick)

Rally rally rally back (right in back)

Rally-right back-toe-right back-toe-left whip-right, rally-right  toe-toe-toe cut-left-bang

Rally-left hop-over-right, rally-right hop-over-left

Slide-right slide-left

Rally rally rally back (while turning), rally up rally back.

Emerald City and 12-hr Rey

That’s right, I survived Emerald City Comic Con 2017 without having slept for 36 hours and I busted out Rey’s vest in 12 hours.  I keep telling myself that I’ll start things ahead of time and that I’ll do things right next time… fast forward to the night before a costume deadline, hunched over the sewing machine, cutting corners left and right, fueled by the ridiculous levels of caffeine in boba….

Next time, next time.

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Star Wars everyday

Art and I were watching Rogue One at the Cinerama for the third time yesterday* and I had a realization: “Why not Star Wars everyday?”


I was sitting there studying Cassian Andor’s parka and mulling over a comment that friend made to me last month: “Hey, you should totally make Jyn Erso’s jacket, you could totally pull that off.”  Yeah, thought I, I do like Jyn, but I preferred her badass self in the trailers than the final movie cut (COME ON: and her out fit is not really a “costume” costume and it would be hard pressed to feel like I was dressed up at a convention rather than everyday life… Wait.  EVERYDAY LIFE.

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First Irish Dance class of 2017

I had dance class the day after the 2016 election and Addi, our dance teacher sub and public school teacher, was like, “I have spent the whole day watching grown adults cry.  I am going to enjoy the heck out of dance class today because it will be the highlight of my week.”  So.  Yes.  Sounds like a good way to start the year.

We did receive my favorite presents ever for Christmas from our amazing friends in Alaska: duel-ready lightsabers!   Art & I totally wandered around the house whacking each other for at least a half hour.  Now all we need is a lightsaber dueling dojo and we will be set.


Half a slip jig step from Janelle:

(Right foot) Point in-out-in kick butt back

Jump-switch jump-switch (right foot in back)

Step right foot front to point

Skip-1 Skip-1-2 Leap 2-3 Step front point

(Grapevine) Whip right 1-2-3-4-5 (Legs are uncrossed)

Gallop-right walk-turn

Step-right left-lift step-right kick-butt-left whip-left to turn (the last bit may be wrong footed)

New Treble Reel Step from Jessica:

Bang rally-right back-toe-right

Rally-left back-toe-left step-back-left whip right


Rally-back rally-back rally-back


Charleston-whip right foot from back to front

Swivel feet 1-2-3-4 < > < >

(Then repeat on left)

Maggie’s Christmas step:

Step-right step-left

Swivel feet 1-2 <>

Rally back

(repeat on left)

R dance slip jig swingy:

Skip 1 skip 1 skip 1-2 leap-2-3 step en pointe kickbutt pause

Skip 1-2 switch skip leap 2-3 whip-up

Outfitting the Rebel Alliance


My friend Ann informed me yesterday about Columbia’s collaboration with Star Wars to develop a new line of Rogue One inspired outerwear.  I thought that was oddly fortuitous as I was telling Art last week that I was in need of a new winter coat as a holiday present hint. (Mine is a decade old and is finally wearing holes in places.)   And, wow, the collection is impressive:

I took a gander and liked the Jyn Erso jacket, but thought I would probably prefer Cassian Andor’s insulated parka (Mm…Omni-tech).  I’m pretty much Rebel Alliance all the way, so the Imperial Deathtrooper jacket held no sway over me, but looks like a good waterproof rain repeller.  Art thought they were awesome as well, but was disturbed that there were no prices.  So I did a quick Google search and here is what I wrote to Ann:

“Found prices! They are totally out of my budget! Jyn’s jacket = $400 Time to whip out my sewing machine! I won’t have the awesome Omni tech fabrics, but I think I could do a decent Jyn’s jacket rendition.

Ah yes, $500 for Cassian’s parka is way too rich for my blood, though the construction looks like a lot of work and could represent the workers involved getting a fair wage (improbable, I know).  It’s times like these where I am super glad that I can sew and make almost exactly what I want.  In terms of labor, it is not cheaper if I had to pay myself in anything aside from satisfaction, but my projects tend to start from “I covet that desperately.”


I actually have planned out & procured material to make a Rebel Alliance jacket very similar to Jyn’s that was supposed to be a birthday present for myself…6 months ago, but you know, life.  Since it’s been on my brain, I thought I would post possible patterns as launching pads to make my/your own versions of Rebel Alliance outerwear.  While I won’t have access to swanky Columbia Omni-tech and other technical fabrics, Seattle Fabrics in the next neighborhood sell Goretex and other specialty outerwear fabrics, so I might have some options. =)

Jyn Erso’s Jacket pattern ideas:


Jyn jacket idea #1: Burdastyle 03/2012 115 (the pattern I picked)

I actually bought the March 2012 issue of Burdastyle when it came out specifically for this motocycle-style jacket pattern.  I didn’t know when or what fabric I was going to use, so I filed this away on my bookshelf and brain and I think it is perfect for my Rebel Alliance jacket.  I bought some grey cotton twill for my birthday, salvaged the zippers from the faux leather jacket I cut up for Zoe’s vest, add pleated strips to the arms, and am going to applique a Rebel Alliance emblem on the back.  The plan was to have this done for Rogue One, hahaha, sadly I don’t think I have the time to get it done.  Still, soon!

Other modifiable options:

Burdastyle “Larissa”:

StyleARC “Ziggi”

Burdastyle’s mens moto jacket: 

Cassian Andor’s Parka Pattern Ideas:


Parka idea #1: Sewaholic’s Minoru Jacket

Sewaholic’s Minoru jacket has been bouncing around the sewing blogs for year and I’ve never felt compelled to make it…until now.  It’s a female parka that is amenable to a host of changes!  I liked Tasia’s original red Minoru, drooled over Four Square Wall’s blue minoru v2, and admired the customization that Cut & Sew used for her Olive Minoru.  I personally would add at least 2 zippered slant welt pockets to the front and pleated strips to the sleeves as a start.

I tend to mainly focus on indie pattern companies and I was surprised for find out that there quite a few parka/anorak patterns have come out recently in the indie pattern world.  For instance, I am a fan of NZ’s Papercut patterns and saw that Lladybird made up their Waver jacket:

Then there’s also Colette Patterns’ Albion, Closet Case Files’ Kelly Anorak, Grainline Studio’s Cascade Duffle, and the aptly named Hot Patterns “Mr. H.P. Hemmingway Windcheater! ” (I posted Thread Theory’s finished Windcheater below.)  There are other relevant coat patterns in addition to these, but I thought this was a good start.  Plus, many sewers have their own versions and its fun to surf through their finished projects for ideas!

And this is not related to Rogue One, but I was hopping through a bunch if indie sewing pattern designer sites and stumbled across Pauline Alice Patterns’ Quart Coat and fell in love with the military style with playful pleats….my style goal encapsulated in one coat pattern.  So I will probably end up making this coat too. =)

So when you add a Rebel Alliance jacket, a new parka, a cute Quart coat, and my long queued Alice jacket… I will have more jackets than I know what to do with!  I’m ok with that.  It was freezing in Seattle today I could totally have used that longer parka.

ETA: I just stumbled upon Waffle Patterns’ Tosti jacket, which looks like a brilliant pattern to use for a parka as well.  I like the plethora of pocket options.  Hm, I did buy Minoru already, but I may ponder this one as well.


Waffle Patterns Tosti jacket