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 »

Uncommonly good anniversary mugs

Today is our third wedding anniversary! And with lucky timing, it actually ties in directly to a review I have to share, that I planned especially for today. Awhile back, I had the pleasure of being contacted by Uncommon Goods. Uncommon Goods is a socially-responsible and environmentally-conscious company featuring handcrafted… read more »

Eat Your Veggies dress

Anyone hungry for some vegetables? I am! This is another Emery by Christine Haynes, the bodice of which as you know has basically become my bodice block! This one has my usual modification of kimono sleeves, paired with a square neckline. I love square necklines and for this version I… read more »

An outfit post that mostly was not

Last week we went out to dinner with our friend Jen, who was in town before heading back to Wales. (Emma had gone back a few days earlier…. you may recall me mentioning Jen and Emma both meeting us in Dublin.) I asked if Mel would take some outfit photos… read more »

A wood watch and a lighthouse

Awhile back, I had the pleasure of being contacted by JORD watches to see if I’d like to review one of their watches. Wood watches, as a matter of fact. Pretty unique, right? I was definitely intrigued. Honestly though, my first thought was that I’d politely decline, as I had… read more »

Seahorses wrap dress

This is my Seahorses dress. Otherwise known as the Watch Me Chase Decent Lighting Around My Yard dress. Or maybe it’s the Dress That Doesn’t Want to Be Photographed. It’s also the Dress That Nearly Did Me In. It’s a dress. It was a bitch to sew. The end. Okay… read more »

40 sewing techniques class and Craftsy giveaway!

For my latest collaboration post with Craftsy, I took the class 40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know with Gail Yellen. This is really an in-depth class, chock full of little details! Both from the main topics she covers, and as she chats while going through the class. Which is something… read more »

Tropical Breeze dress

For my first sewing project once home from Ireland, I was in the mood to do a dress with a slightly different bodice. Something kind of easy breezy, loose-fitting for summer. So I whipped this up, and named it the Tropical Breeze dress. And I think it fits the bill!… read more »

Dublin holiday: what I wore and bought

I know some of you love architecture and scenery and gorgeous places, which I shared in my last Dublin post. Whereas some of you love outfit photos and a little bit of shopping. So this post is for you. 😉 Our friends Jen and Emma who came over from Wales… read more »

Dublin holiday: places and spaces

My friends, I’m back from Dublin’s Fair City! It was a wonderful vacation. Really and truly. Not a relaxing on the beach or hiking in the mountains holiday. But one where we planted ourselves in the same city the whole time (which we often haven’t done and thus would find… read more »

Frances and her novelty keys dress

Hello everyone! Today’s guest post is brought to you by the gorgeous Frances, who blogs at Polka Polish. I love her vintage style, and am absolutely tickled that not only did she agree to do a guest post for me, she sewed a dress just for it. WOW. Read on… read more »

A day at the Hill of Tara and Newgrange

Hello from Dublin! We’ve been here just under a week and are having a lovely time! For the first few days we got to frolic with our friends Jen and Emma who we visited in Wales last year (they relocated there from Chicago a couple of years ago). It was… read more »

F***ed and fabulous: Sara’s take on vintage underdogs

Hello! Today’s guest post comes while we’re off gallivanting around Newgrange today. Awhile back, I saw a comment on another blog (I believe it was Janey’s) from the ever-stylish Sara of Lilies & Remains. She used a term to refer to the dark horses in the vintage clothing world: they… read more »

Marie dishes about the Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge

While I’m in Ireland, I’m very excited to have a few guest posts to share with you this week! Today’s post is from the lovely sewing blogger Marie of A Stitching Odyssey. I adore Marie. She has such a charming and fun style, I always love seeing what she’s sewn… read more »

Nail care mini series: my favorite polishes and a round-up

On the last stop of my mini nail care series, I thought I’d just share with you some of my favorite polish colors and brands that you see on my regularly on my blog and Instagram, as well as colors that have made it into photos this week. Some of… read more »

Nail care mini series: Couture Gel Nail Polish kit review

Today is day five of my mini series on nail care. I’m in Dublin right now, but today you’ll get a very special review to cap off my series this week! I have been using my Sephora Gelshine kit for about two years, but I recently had the immense pleasure… read more »

Nail care mini series: my 6 steps for happy nails

Today is day four in my mini series of nail care. Really, this is probably the shortest post in the whole series, but with some important tips! I get asked a lot what do I do to keep my nails looking good. Both using gel polish, and just in general.… read more »

Nail care mini series: how I apply and remove gel polish

Today is day three of my mini series on nail care. And I’m going to show you how to use a gel polish kit at home! There are lots of places you can buy gel polish and kits to get you started (I’ve even seen gel polish at Target). When… read more »