I’ve been thinking about something lately… the idea of being plus-size. Perhaps surprisingly, for much of the time I was an editor at the Curvy Sewing Collective, I wasn’t sure if I felt “plus-size” myself. At the time, I was 42-36-47, and usually sewed a size 14-16-or-18. Wearing one of the first Cashmerette patterns in November … More Plus-Size Sewing: Is it a mindset or a size range?
You know once I turn a woven into a knit, it’s not long before I make a jumpsuit into a dress, right? I wanted to make once last sundress for summer, and I specifically wanted it to hide RTW bra straps. I angle my me-made bra straps in at the back so that they fit … More Closet Case Pattern Amy Maxi Dress
School has started and I’m trying to wrap up my summer sewing here on the blog – while being predicatably overwhelmed the first week of school! So, let’s have a quick look at that same pair of olive trousers I posted in late August, shall we? Pictures with green and brown tank show the original … More Another look at my Olive Trousers
I’m back with some more pattern testing! This is the new Closet Case Pattern Amy jumpsuit, which is a quick PDF release that they squeezed in this summer. It is meant for light-to-midweight wovens, but lucky for me, Heather let me test it in a knit! Amy is the jumpsuit equivalent of a swing dress: … More Closet Case Patterns Amy Jumpsuit
Hi! Remember when I went though my trouser phase in July, and posted about my Closet Case Patterns Sasha trousers? Well, it started all kinds of fascinating discussions about plus-size fit, the lack of examples of what good fit looks like on plus-size women, and which wrinkles are unavoidable. Now I’m back with modified Sashas, … More Olive Sasha Trousers – Read my wrinkles!
August is Sew Style Hero month over on the Sewcialists, and just like last year, I can’t narrow it down to just one inspiration. Last year’s version of the same theme, then called Tribute Month, gave me one of my all time favourite dresses: my Oona-inspired Verticla stripe maxi! This year I’m back with more … More Sew Style Hero and a Statement Sleeve
I’ve chatted this summer with a few people thinking of starting blogs, and one of the things people ask about is how to create enough content! Sewing is expensive and time consuming, and taking pictures isn’t always easy. Here are some of my suggestions – and I hope you’ll help us come up with more … More Blog topics that aren’t finished projects
I get asked this question all the time: Is polyester sweaty to wear? The short answer is: YES. The long answer is SOMETIMES. It depends on the fabric, style, season, preferences and what your alternatives are! I wrote a whole post called “In Praise of Polyester” last year, in which I describe some of my most and least … More Is polyester fabric sweaty?
I sewed a Simplicity pattern – the first I’ve sewn in years, because they are no longer available in Canada. I got the pattern at the PR Weekend swap, and I should love it… but I’m feeling very “meh” about it! The good part is the fabric – another Micheal Levine ITY print that Anne … More Feeling Uninspired by Simplicity 2219
The recent Love To Sew podcast on the finances of sewing got me thinking about how I choose to spend my fabric budget. Basically, I sew so prolifically that most fabric I sew is $7/m or less. but sometimes I do spend more, and I thought it might be interesting to look back at my … More What projects have I “splurged” on this year so far?