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 »

First glance at my Shaheen-inspired sarong dress (a collaboration with WAWAK)

In the battle between a formidable adversary of a pattern and me, who was the victor? That would be ME! (Whoops! Sorry you’ll see the tripod in the mirror in some of these! The stars didn’t align to take photos outside) But let’s backup a bit! Because I’m not quite… read more »

A redhead again and LOVING it!

Well my friends, my mom was right. (As moms usually are!) Once you’re a redhead, and you then stop being a redhead, you’ll probably never stop actually thinking about being a redhead again someday. And so someday is today! Ahhhhhh. That feels SO good!!! I had my hair dyed red… read more »

A Vintage Pledge refashion and a pair of shorts

Have you been following along this August with Portia’s fantastic Refashioners series over at I hope you have! She’s rounded up sewists to take part in this year’s Refashioners challenge the entire month. I’m so honored to be a part of the Refashioners again! Today, you can see my… read more »

Building an outfit with safety pins, castles, and a coral top

I am so, so behind on things to blog about this summer. Hell, this year, even! Things I’ve sewn, places we’ve been. I don’t think I’ll ever catch up. So instead of catching up, how about just an outfit from last week? This was just a typical summer outfit that… read more »

Brumby skirt, now with extra sailboats

I was flattered awhile back when Megan Neilsen asked if I’d like to try out her Brumby skirt pattern. She was right on the mark in thinking I’d like it—Brumby is totally up my alley. source: Brumby Skirt by Megan Nielsen Out of the envelope, perhaps it wouldn’t necessarily scream… read more »

Vintage Shetland blog tour stop (help the project, pre-order the book & more!!)

There are a lot of things I love in this world. Knitting is one of them. Vintage is another. History, yet another. When all of these things come together, it’s magical. Such is the case with Susan Crawford’s latest project and upcoming book. It’s called The Vintage Shetland Project. If… read more »

A new vintage fashion staple with Emmy Design’s señorita top

Recently I had the pleasure of being contacted by Emmy Design, a small Swedish retro clothing company, to work with them on a review of something from their Spring/Summer 2015 collection. They make truly beautiful and quality items that fit in wonderfully into a vintage wardrobe, and I’m thrilled to… read more »

Rock n’ roll Ginger jeans

I’m so happy to say I’ve tackled the ultimate wardrobe staple: jeans! Yep, my Ginger jeans are finished. And honestly, they might be my favorite thing I’ve sewn. I LOVE THEM. All caps kinda love. Actually there’s a lot of all caps in the next couple of paragraphs, I’m that… read more »

Ginger jeans progress report

I thought I’d do a little progress report on how my Ginger jeans are going! Okay, actually a long one. Mainly for those of you who, like me, haven’t sewn jeans before, or maybe you’re scared to, or on the fence, or perplexed about the idea in general. Or otherwise… read more »

Wait, sewing jeans?

Hello everyone! I’m back from our trip and once I have photos all organized, I’ll be regaling you with a few tales of waterfalls and remote Midwestern lands and such. But in the meantime, I thought I’d share what’s on my sewing table! You already know my current knitting project,… read more »

Forlorn and forgotten

I have a habit with knitting sometimes, and it’s a habit that does not cross over in the slightest to sewing. I temporarily abandon projects. Maybe for a month, sometimes 6 months, sometimes 2 years or more. It happens for lots of reasons. Generally speaking, I’m a fast knitter. But… read more »