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
…and I’m ready to party! The Very Curvy Sewing Celebration is basically an excuse to sew a party frock, so I dug this very metallic knit out of my stash and got sewing. Tomorrow I’ll be wearing this dress at our get-together at Spool and Spindle in Waterloo, hopefully meeting lovely new friends! This is a … More It’s time for a Very Curvy Sewing Celebration!
Behold, a cold seamstress! It was -16c/3F when I took these pics… the only other person I saw outside was dressed head-to-toe in winter gear while he walked his dogs! But this post wouldn’t have quite the same impact if I was wearing my ankle-length winter coat, so I took the bare minimum of pics and … More A Classic Workwear Combo
I’ve got a new series for you! Or rather, a variation on a series I started 3 years ago called “Lazy Tips for Sewing Knits“. You can find that series linked in my header above – basic stuff like finding the grainline, getting the right length for a neckband, etc. In this series, Lazy Tips … More Lazy Tips for Fixing Knits: Too Much Print!
Oh, goals. You seem so appealing until it comes time to set them, or to actually accomplish them! I’m purposefully keeping my goals simple this year. Continue: Keep sewing knits, keep blogging, keep doing Curvy Sewing Collective stuff, and keep teaching classes. Keep hacking patterns without a firm plan, starting blog series whenever inspiration hits, and … More Top 5 Goals for 2017
2016 passed so quickly! Here are my thoughts as I look back. Going viral is weird. Out of the blue, my 2015 tutorial on how to make Scandianavian fabric star ornaments became really popular in October, November and December. It had 150 000 views this year! It steadily had at least 1000 views a day, and … More Top 5 Sewing Reflections of 2016
Knit plaids are an elusive beast – so for years I’ve bought every one I can find. There was this, and this… and… in five years, I think that’s all! So when I found this buffalo plaid rayon on Minerva Crafts, I snapped up 5m and a few metres of a black and white colourway … More Lumberjane Dress
This year, the Curvy Sewing Collective is hosting our first online event: A Very Curvy Sewing Celebration! Basically, it’s an excuse to sew something fun and fancy, even for those of use who have nowhere to wear it. You can take part online by getting dolled up on January 13th or 14th and posting pictures … More Let’s Hang Out!
Hmmm… what have I done in 2016 besides sew? A few new things… 1. We moved! We’d last over 2 years in a noisy apartment building, but life got SO MUCH BETTER in May when we moved to a century home in the old downtown core. It’s quiet, we can walk around at any time of … More Top 5 Non-Sewing Highlights of 2016!
For my latest project with Cali Fabric, I ordered a whole lot of modal-blend fabric. 7 yards, to be precise! (I find ordering in yards a bit annoying – I can make leggings from 1m of fabric, but not 1 yard! And since this contains a natural fibre, I ordered plenty for each project to … More Modal Leggings and a Tessuti Top