5 years ago, when I started sewing, it was a simpler time for indie patterns. There were just a few major companies, and only a small selection of patterns. Sewaholic Renfrew was (rightfully) a runaway hit – a tee designed to be sewn on just a sewing machine! I made so many before newer, shiner … More Con-frew, or Ren-cord: A TNT Mash-Up
Why yes, it IS my third Ebony in as many weeks… did you really expect any different? I’m loving the combo of comfort, style and drama, so this won’t be the last. My first two Ebonys were the dress version, shortened. This time I tried the tunic length with raglan sleeves. The body is shortened … More Ebony Tunic
That leopard top I just blogged? Yeah, it started life as a dress! My first version of this Concord Dress hack was one of my Top 5 makes of 2016, so I thought another version would get lots of wear. And I did wear it a few times, but there was one issue I couldn’t … More Lazy Tips for Fixing Knits: Too Short!
It’s the fifth year of Jungle January, and let’s be honest: my 5th year of sewing leopard! I never wore animal prints before the first Jungle January, but I’m well and truly hooked. (Yes, I know I’m a few days late on this one! Oops!) Over the years, I’ve made: a leopard Renfrew cowl a … More Jungle January 2017!
No matter the brand, I always run into the same problem with jeans: When I sit, the back rise gets pulled down by my sizeable booty, and the front waistband cuts in to compensate. Then when I stand up, I have to grab the waistband and pull everything back into place! Usually I sew my … More Easy jeans alteration: More room for your butt!
In my review of the Closet Case Ebony dress, I asked you about the delicate issue of “flattering” clothes. There were so many excellent responses that I wanted to gather them into their own post! (Why? Couldn’t I just tell you to go read the comments from the last post? Well, as a principal I … More What is “Flattering”?
The tent dress trials continue! This summer I tried a bunch of different patterns for swingy knit dresses, but I’ve yet to sew any for winter… until Closet Case Patterns released their the Ebony tee/dress this week! Heather had been hinting on IG that the new pattern would be like her New Years dress, so … More Closet Case Patterns’ Ebony Dress!
I’ve been enjoying wearing my first Tessuti Isla Top (more than expected, to be frank!) so inspiration struck to make another version in some lovely bamboo I picked up for half price! I love this colour, and find myself choosing it again and again, even though it’s it’s darker than the teal I consider “ideal” for my … More Tessuti Isla Top, Take 2!
I know a lot of people who will be at protest marches tomorrow in several countries and many cities… and I wanted to pass on a few articles that I thought had advice worth considering for a safe and comfortable march! What to wear to a protest march (Particularly useful for 1st timers, I’d think!) … More Protesting
I’ve already done a post extolling the virtues (and failings) of my favourite knit material, rayon. Today I’d like to talk about my next favourite, which I think isn’t always given the respect it deserves! Polyester knits can be pretty great, guys! (It can also be pretty awful, I’m not going to lie.) Let’s dive right … More In Praise of Polyester