Posts filed in Sewing

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 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 Vintage Pledge refashion and a pair of shorts

Have you been following along this August with Portia’s fantastic Refashioners series over at makery.uk?? 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 »

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 »

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… read more »

Why I love (but am not doing) Me Made May, AKA it’s a Me Made Life

Happy Friday, my friends! I got up early before work to take some quick photos to talk about something that’s been on my mind this month. You get lip balm, an un-ironed dress and possibly unbrushed teeth. Aren’t you lucky. 😉 As we near the mid-point of May, I thought… read more »

A very basic 1950s sleeveless top

I have my next Vintage Pledge item of the year to share! I believe I pledged to sew 5 things from vintage patterns, which I figured would be easy for me, since I sew with vintage patterns quite a lot in general. Though I haven’t been sewing as much this… read more »

Victory Gardening birthday dress

Hello hello, my friends! Lots of things to say today! And it’s my birthdayyyy! I don’t usually go three weeks between posts, but I’ve been extraordinarily busy lately. We were already having a very full early spring and then about the same time as our friends who moved to Wales… read more »

My tweed Cascade duffle coat

Wee heeeee, my Cascade duffle coat is complete! And this is a big post, because hello, I sewed a coat and it took me from January to March, so there’s a lot to share! Right off the bat let me apologize these aren’t the greatest photos… it was as bright… read more »

Coat toggles until the end of time

Friends: do you ever have a piece of a project that absolutely paralyzes your ability to make a decision? I don’t care if it’s a craft-related project, but perhaps it’s writing, work, whatever. When it’s a hobby however, I personally find it’s very easy and sometimes fun to let myself… read more »

Light on the bottom

Hi, friends! Before I move on to today’s post, I have to stop and say how much I’ve been loving all your comments on my last post about my new hair color and more importantly, about celebrating yourself. Thank you for all the lovely compliments, but REALLY thank you for… read more »

And then there was Snow White in a glass casket on a dress

At the end of last fall I was really excited about sewing knit dresses. Until I realized that sitting around wearing knit dresses a lot meant I’d gained a few pounds and hadn’t even noticed. Whoops! So that kind of soured me on them for awhile. But there’s one I… read more »

My pattern stash interview for Vintage Pledge at Kestrel Makes

Hi everyone! If you sew, you probably already know about Vintage Pledge, which is the vintage sewing challenge being hosted this year by Marie and Kerry. I’m tickled to say that Kerry interviewed me all about my vintage sewing pattern stash, and today the interview is up on her blog!… read more »

Joan C.’s flannel skirt

I’ve been sewing slowly so far in 2015. Thinking about my two coat projects, taking my time, and just knitting more, I guess. But I finally finished up a skirt I’ve had mostly done except for the hem for nearly 2 weeks! This is my first pattern for Marie and… read more »

It’s going to be a queue jumping duffle coat!

Sometimes I find a pattern that tickles my fancy and suddenly I must make it nowwwww! Everything else gets put on hold. This is definitely one of those times! When I saw the new pattern from Grainline Studio this week, the Cascade duffle coat, oh my goodness, it was love… read more »

Two red riding hoods and Alphonso

Over Christmas when Mel and I were at my mom and step-dad’s house, I was lucky enough to get in some BFF time with Rochelle, who came to stay the first weekend of our trip with us! Uh, happy faces, anyone? This photo was taken just a few minutes after… read more »