Turtleneck fit for a beatnik

Truth: I blame a lot of my fashion dreaming this early start to the year on Vera Ellen’s wardrobe in White Christmas, from 1954. When watching it over the holidays (a yearly tradition), there were a few things that just spoke to me. I mean everyone’s wardrobe in that movie… read more »

Pattern hack: turn Butterick B6285 wrap top into a tuck-in surplice top

As I mentioned in my wrap/surplice top series introduction, I have two pattern hacks I’ve worked up for Gertie’s Butterick B6285 pattern. Yesterday I showed you how to lengthen the wrap top bodice. But today’s modification is my favorite: how I turned this wrap top pattern into a surplice top. Basically,… read more »

Pattern hack: Lengthen the Butterick B6285 wrap top bodice

We’ve hit mid-week in my wrap/surplice top miniseries! Aaaand I’m supposed to sew up another surplice top for Friday but it hasn’t happened yet, so we’ll see about that. 😉 But today’s post is the first of two pattern modifications that I’ve worked out for the Butterick B6285 wrap top… read more »

Surplice tops for every day of the week

In yesterday’s post, you saw my wrap tops sewn from Butterick B6285, and continuing in my miniseries, now you’ll get to see my surplice tops! I’m really excited about these, if you haven’t figured that out yet! And no joking on the post title, I could totally have one of… read more »

My wrap tops (good and better)

Today is my first post in the miniseries I’m doing, that I told you about Friday. Let the wrap/surplice top week begin! outfit details wrap top – made by me skirt – made by me (vintage Simplicity 4812) shoes – Chase & Chloe, via Modcloth wood & resin bangle –… read more »

Next week: wrap/surplice top week of love (projects & mods of Butterick B6285)

Hello, friends! On Monday, February 1st, I’m going to kick off a little sewing miniseries on my blog! I came up with the idea out of the blue, because I have a sewing pattern I’ve been totally obsessing over for the last month and a half (if you follow me… read more »

Not forgotten: Cath Kidston inspired cardigan

A year and a half ago, I started and completed a cardigan. I never took photos, which is really unlike me with sweaters. It wasn’t because I wasn’t pleased with it, or didn’t wear it, as I was and did (and do). I just never got around to it—until today!… read more »

Roses and Vianne

Happy New Year! No sharing of resolutions or reflections here, just marching on with a new year! I think sometimes I enjoy the process of organizing my thoughts in writing more than the commitment, so this year, none of that. I have plenty of ideas of course, but I think… read more »

A very flannel snow globe dress for Christmas day

Merry Christmas, my friends!! It’s been a busy several days and I apologize that I’ve been remiss in replying to comments on my last couple of posts, I promise I’ll get a chance to do that soon now that the holidays are cooling down! I’m having a lovely Christmas day… read more »

Novelty felt Christmas skirt

Merry Christmas from… my skirt! When Technicolor Cutie announced early in December she was going to do a Christmas novelty felt circle skirt sew along, I knew I was IN. It was just the excuse I needed to be ridiculous during the holidays, and I love to be ridiculous during… read more »

Nancy Drew and the Clue in the Wrap Dress

Actually, this post title should be Nancy Drew and the Clue in the Wrap Dress and Cardigan, but that’s a bit of a mouthful, don’t you think? 😉 This post is brought to you by a dress I finished 8 months ago and a cardigan I finished at least a… read more »

New haircut for a ginger Marilyn-inspired look

Well, I did it! After talking about it on my blog last week, I got my hair cut over the weekend! I was going for a much shorter ‘do, and showed my stylist a lot of photos (including some that I’d included in my last post). She’s familiar with vintage… read more »

Dare or don’t: going for shorter vintage hair

Hello, my friends! It’s been some time since I’ve met up with you here! When I last posted, we were in preparations for our vacation to Wales and Paris (and a milisecond in London, which was a milisecond very well spent!). All of those adventures include fun stories and tales… read more »

Wings of madness: the blouse I never wanted to sew again (but now I do)

Earlier in the week, I was waxing on about my Ultimate Pencil Skirt and how happy I was with it. Now, let’s have a slightly less gushy sewing post, shall we? The blouse I wore with that skirt was one I sewed from a vintage pattern. (Woo! It’s a bonus… read more »

The well and truly Ultimate Pencil Skirt

I’ve had so many interesting comments on my post about focusing on building a cool and cold weather wardrobe over the next year! A lot has happened in the last couple of weeks that’s really helped me feel good about my plans, although part of me suspects that I’m so… read more »

3 season wardrobe challenge: it’s the future, I have no wool clothes, and I’m going to prepare for cold weather for a year

Hello friends! Bear with me on today’s rambling post, would you? I promise I do (kind of) have a point in here somewhere. I’m a big list maker and organizer. Especially when it comes to my wardrobe, and sewing and knitting projects. I start off with a big list each… read more »

One last summer sewing hoorah: Chinese lanterns sarong dress

As of today, summer has technically come and gone! My thoughts are straight into fall. And I missed the opportunity earlier this summer to show off some things I made, most of which I’ll probably be tucking away soon! (But hey, on the bright side now that it’s fall, maybe… read more »

My new trick to transforming naturally dark eyebrows to match dyed red hair

Here’s a relatively unusual post from me today! I have a makeup tip. It’s something I found so profoundly changed my perception of an area on my face that was bugging me, that I had to share. So today’s post is an ode to MAC Browset! Not a sponsored review… read more »

My Bettine hack tutorial at Sew Your Hart Out (and more of my new dress here)

Hello everyone! Today I have something really fun to share! I collaborated with Harts Fabric, an independent brick and mortar as well as online fabric store. Each September they have a full month called “Sew Your Hart Out September” in conjunction with National Sewing Month, to promote sewing. It’s full… read more »

The full inside story: my Shaheen-inspired sarong dress

Hello everyone! I bring you this post while I’m off on a long weekend trip! You saw The Dress last week. In case you missed The Dress (I feel like I have to use all Title Case here since so much went into the damn thing), let me catch you… read more »