Thank you, {Secret} Santa!

Well, we’re off to my mom and step-dad’s for the holidays tomorrow, and I’m in a particularly cheerful mood! Mostly because I’m excited to see family and friends, but also because it meant that today, I got to open my Secret Santa gift! Jessica from Chronically Vintage organized a Vintage… read more »

Thanksgiving weekend and holiday cards

Hello friends! I meant to do this post a couple of weeks ago, but here we are, closer to Christmas than Thanksgiving. And so it goes this over the holidays, sometimes! I just wanted to share a few photos from our long weekend over Thanksgiving. As it happens, we unfortunately… read more »

The galaxy dress and a cardigan that almost was not

Some sewing and knitting today for you! You may recall that earlier in the fall, we established that I really love galaxy prints. Well, now I’ve had the opportunity to sew a galaxy print dress! This dress comes as a result of being generously offered to try out fabric by… read more »

Inspiration for planning a vintage ski pullover

If there’s something I’ve wanted to knit for ages, it’s a ski sweater! Especially when it starts to get really cold out, my thoughts always return to the idea of knitting a somewhat Scandinavian-inspired pullover, but I haven’t made it happen yet. This winter, I’m already wearing my oversized pullovers… read more »

Lounging with Linden and pink squirrels

Hey guess what, I wear sweatshirts! Well I mean, sometimes, obviously. I only have a couple, but they’re both oversized with raglan sleeves… pretty much the exact shape as the Grainline Studio Linden sweatshirt, but with a crew neck. So if any pattern was ever going to get me to… read more »

Pants update: I (kind of) (maybe) have a winning combo!

Thank you all so much for all your comments and suggestions on my post about my pants fitting struggles and seemingly endless cycle of muslins to try and fix the bagginess at the back of my thighs. I really appreciate your thoughts, helpful ideas, and commiseration. After my post, I… read more »

An outfit to walk to the zoo

On a recent weekend, Mel and I had a couple of errands to run in one of the neighborhoods in which I grew up. We weren’t really planning to take any photos but as it happened we had along a little point-and-shoot camera. While my nicer DSLR takes much better… read more »

Pants muslins and back of thigh wrinkles have nearly done me in

My sewing friends out there, I’m about to get all fitting saga on you. And it’s about pants. I know. It’s a really really really long post about pants. You’ve been warned. I kind of wish this were about the British use of the term pants, it would probably be… read more »

A vintage-inspired Jenna cardigan… that I sewed!

I sewed a cardigan. Now there’s a sentence I never expected to come out of my mouth in a million years. Being a knitter, cardigans are the domain of my knitting needles. Not my sewing machine or serger. The idea of actually sewing a cardigan was never something I had… read more »

Seeing spots

Here’s a post full of polka dots on a couple of projects for you! I finished up my first Lady Skater dress, a pattern by Amanda from Kitschy Coo, and I definitely understand why this is another knit dress I’ve seen all over the sewing blogosphere! This outfit ended up… read more »

Ten of hearts cardigan

This fall I’ve been on a knitting roll, which happens to a lot of us knitters when that season hits. I finished off one old project from the spring, I’m working on finishing another from the spring, and just this week I finished one from literally 4 and a half… read more »

A turquoise Moneta dress

Stop the presses! I’ve sewn a dress in a knit fabric! Meet my first Colette Moneta. Okay it’s not really that exciting, but hey, it’s my first knit dress so cut me some slack. I’m psyched! Though there’s one main issue with this dress that’s entirely my fault. It’s a… read more »

A chunky cabled pullover 8 months later than planned

Back in March when I met Rochelle in D.C., I bought some yarn at Fibre Space, a great yarn shop in Alexandria, Virginia. I was mainly intending to window shop and enable help Rochelle pick some yarn, but then I saw a pattern booklet with the pullover Vashon on the… read more »

A Coco and a Can-Can

Cross a major goal off my list this year: sewing with knits! Meet my very first Coco top, from Tilly and the Buttons. I’m excited. Can you tell?? When I set a goal earlier this fall to learn to sew with knits, I prepared by, well, reading everything under the… read more »

Pushing your (silhouette) boundaries

Hello, friends! My blogging energy has been zapped lately, I must admit, but I think it’s bouncing back. And so today, I have a little story to tell! It all started with a print. A couple of months ago, I was obsessing over galaxy-themed prints. I managed to track down… read more »

Sewtionary blog tour: 6 questions with Tasia the Sewaholic

I have a special treat for you today! If you sew clothing, you probably know of Tasia St. Germaine’s pattern line, Sewaholic Patterns (that is, unless you’ve been living under a rock, in which case, please come out). Tasia has just released a book, and I’m thrilled to be a… read more »

Daydreaming about autumn sewing and knitting

Hello hello! As you may recall, I haven’t had a working sewing machine now for a few weeks. It’s not that the shop is even far from our house—I’ve just literally not had the opportunity to take it in! But oddly, that’s been kind of okay (well after I stopped… read more »

An outfit to get dyed for

Happy Friday, my friends! I’m off to the salon later this afternoon to get my hair color touched up (hence the corny post title). Can you believe it’s been 6 weeks since I went red?! (I feel like it’s not fair to call myself a redhead since it’s not my… read more »

An Elisalex with feathers

I am sorely behind in posting about things I’ve sewn this summer. So much so that I may not even blog about it all—you might just have to see it show up in outfits at some point! And right now, my sewing machine is having issues so I’m going to… read more »

Triumphant return of cigarette pants (or, how I ate my words)

Maybe it’s the unusually cool weather we’ve had lately, but my lust for pants has returned. A week or so ago I started hearing a niggling voice in the back of my head. It was telling me, “Pssst… remember those red cigarette pants you abandoned last spring? Butterick B5895? Maybe… read more »