Blistering orange capris

There’s a lot of really ugly things going on in the world right now. It’s been an especially crazy whirlwind of a few weeks in politics, with some truly dark happenings (mixed in with a couple of good and important ones). I haven’t felt much like blogging, but in an effort to… read more »

Creating my dream cutting table for sewing

Hello! I’m back from a relaxing vacation in the Southwest, where it was so relaxing, in fact, that we spent more time enjoying ourselves than bothering to take photos! But I may be able to cobble together a post from phone photos, so possibly stay tuned for that in the future.… read more »

Basement studio makeover: planning and “build-out”

I thought I’d continue my basement studio makeover posts (catch up with the first one here) with the planning and the “build-out” phase where we actually assembled and moved everything around, both of which took ages! Not necessarily the most glamorous topics, either. But I feel like many people just do “before… read more »

Clowning around in the park

Remember how I said it went from marginal spring to summer in about 10 seconds flat? Right. One week I was wearing wool sweaters and the next shorts, scrambling to rotate my closet before I blinked and it was fall again and I’d be back to wool. (I mean, I’m… read more »

Basement studio makeover: dirty little “before” photos!

Hello, everyone! Boy, have I been busy these last several weeks! We’ve been knee deep in giving our basement studio spaces a BIG makeover. And suddenly the weather went from marginal spring (great to seclude yourself in the basement) to summer (oops, would rather be out doing fun things) in about 10… read more »

A little Friday giveaway treat

Happy Friday! As promised, I have a little treat for you. Hopefully you’ve checked out my guest post for Mood Fabrics, and yesterday’s post here on my blog with more details about my jeans. I’m so pleased with that outfit and now I get to share my joy with one… read more »

Retro take on Ginger jeans, a year later

Today I have three things to tell you about: a guest post, some jeans, and a giveaway (that’s coming up tomorrow). But, back story first! Over a year ago, I sewed a pair of Ginger jeans from Closet Case Files. I loved them and wanted to immediately make another pair… read more »

Sweetheart cowgirl birthday dress

Happy birthday to meeeee!! In keeping with the tradition that I started for myself three years ago, I’ve sewn a dress for my birthday. It’s my birthday cowgirl dress, featuring a Western novelty print and a sweetheart neckline, modeled in our Southwestern themed den! The pattern is Butterick B5748, a… read more »

Cropped Ten of Hearts cardigan

Last week, you got a look at the cardigan I’m sharing with you today. Aaand here it is again! I actually finished this two months ago, but had to wait to share it until I finished and photographed the dress I sewed to wear with it! This is actually the… read more »

For the love of checks

Aloha! I have a new dress to show off today! And technically a new cardigan too, but I’ll save that for another post as I plan to yammer on a bit about this dress. 😉 This dress has two things that make it special to me: first, some super dedicated… read more »

Bring on spring dress

Want a bright and floral dress that screams “Bring on spring!” at the top of its lungs? Well I’ve got one for you! I’m back with way more about the dress I sewed from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book. (And psst, two days left for the giveaway.) As I explained in… read more »

Review + giveaway: Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book (and a peek at the dress I made from the book)

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book to review on my blog, along with a giveaway at the end of this post! This is Gretchen Hirsch’s third book, which was just released last week. You may also be familiar with… read more »

Sewing with Doctor Who

Today’s outfit is just full of fun separates! I love trying out new patterns, and sewing things that are more in the ‘on occasion’ variety. For example right now I’m finishing up a collared vintage dress, and it’s coming out great, I had an extremely crucial fitting “aha” moment in… read more »

Setting myself up for success

Recently, I bought something and then returned it: a coverstitch machine. I don’t feel like writing up a long blog post about why I returned it… so instead I’m writing a long blog post about something tangentially related to it, ha ha. The short story is that I felt mine… read more »

Lady Agnes

Friends, sometimes you make something, and you’ve seen others make it too, and it’s an easy enough project, and you’re fairly confident it’ll look pretty cute once you’re done. This was not one of those times. Oh no, because I didn’t make the above. I mean yeah, I eventually did.… read more »

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 »