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 »

Creative necklines class and Craftsy discount

For my final collaboration post with Craftsy, I took one more techniques class, Patternmaking + Design: Creative Necklines, with Suzy Furrer. I actually started off with the intention of taking another dressmaking class, but I’ve come to realize that at this point in my sewing adventures, I’m really more interested… read more »

Little gingham peasant blouse

I’ve wanted to sew a peasant blouse for the entire summer. Wait, longer than that. It’s definitely been more than a year. Maybe make that two years. Okay whatever, as long as I’ve been sewing regularly, I’ve wanted to make peasant blouses. So this summer was finally The Time. But… read more »

Shooting Star bolero and Cotton + Steel Arrow dress

My latest two finished projects are both repeats of a sort! And I’m pretty excited about both of them. This is my Shooting Star Bolero and my Cotton + Steel Arrow Dress. Oh yeah, if you missed that I went red and that photo surprised you, you can catch up… read more »

The flirty day dress class and Craftsy giveaway

My latest collaboration with Craftsy had me watching a class on how to sew up a particularly cute, vintage-inspired dress! The class is Sewing Vintage: The Flirty Day Dress with Laura Nash. Source: Copyright © Craftsy, Sewing Vintage: The Flirty Day Dress Laura Nash, by the way, is completely adorable.… read more »

The latest member of the redhead club!

For years and years, I’ve wanted to have red hair. Not that you’ve seen it since it was all pre-blog, but I’ve had loads of different hair colors over the years. From shades you might find springing from someone’s head naturally (like black, brown, and blonde) to completely unnatural colors… read more »

Sewing lingerie freebie with Christine Haynes and Craftsy

Hi everyone! Well, I’m winding up my posts with Craftsy this summer and just have a couple left after this one. But today, it’s a little something special! I always knew Craftsy offered video classes, but I had never really investigated that they have other downloadables, too. And one of… read more »

So I accidentally bought a vintage sewing machine

A few weeks ago, we went over to our friends Ben and Elisa’s house. As it happened, their neighborhood was having a big yard sale earlier in the day that we couldn’t attend, but some people still were selling when we got to their house in the late afternoon. Now,… read more »

A fabulous antiquing day in St. Louis

Hello, friends! Goodness have I ever been busy. So busy that I can’t even seem to catch up with, well, about anything. We just got back from one road trip and here I am showing you photos from two road trips ago. Albeit, it was only last weekend. Like I… read more »

Sew Better, Sew Faster class & Craftsy discount

In my latest post with Craftsy, I watched a class I wasn’t really sure I’d be that into, but I was nevertheless intrigued. It was Sew Better, Sew Faster: Garment Industry Secrets with Janet Pray. Source: Sew Better, Sew Faster, copyright © Craftsy Now, you may wonder why I wasn’t… read more »

The cuckoo clock dress

This dress may well feature one of the pinnacles of amazing, kitschy novelty prints: cuckoo clocks. Ever since I got a cuckoo clock necklace from Classic Hardware, I’ve been obsessed with them. One day, this obsession took me on a hunt for cuckoo clock fabric. Surely, somewhere, there was fabric… read more »

What have you ruined (or almost) lately?

This weekend, I worked on two sewing projects. The first involved a new-to-me dress pattern, and in the muslin stage I already knew it was going to need some serious work on the bodice (I did a successful full bust adjustment only to discover the rest of the bodice was… read more »

Adjust the Bust class and Craftsy giveaway

In my latest post with Craftsy, it’s all about the bust! The class Adjust the Bust with Kathleen Cheetham is literally an entire class focusing on making bust alterations when sewing. And at the end of this post, you can enter to win a copy of the class! Source: Adjust… read more »

Fenella yarn and a fair isle cowl

It’s hot and humid out, and I have a brand new fair isle cowl to show you. Just what you would expect in June, right? What can I say, I knit for the wooly months all year around! If you’re a knitter, you may have heard that vintage knitwear designer… read more »