Sewing the Jasper dress last weekend two weeks ago inspired me to sew a Lola so I could compare… and would you believe that I also made this one too big and had to cut it down? I’m not a quick learner, apparently. The first thing I remembered about Lola is “Damn, there are a lot of pieces!” … More Tweedy Lola
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!
Back in 2012, I was too intimidated to make clothes. Instead, I sewed zippered bags, place mats, and infinity scarves to sell at a local boutique. (Wanna see what I sold? It took me a while to remember what I called my “brand”, but I found my old website here.) One of my favourite things to make … More How To Sew Infinity Scarves
I made a dress, photographed it… then cut it apart and resewed the whole thing! And boy am I glad I did… Before and after: from house dress to cute dress! The pattern is the Jasper dress from Paprika Patterns. Lisa offered me a copy for free since she thought it was my style, on … More Jasper Dress
I feel like raglans took over the blogosphere this past year: be it Papercut, Grainline, Kitschy Koo, Hey June, Capital Chic, or my personal fav, Jalie, there are raglans everywhere! I hadn’t sewn one until I got the Jalie pattern last winter, and boom: now I’ve made about 15! Now clearly raglans are nothing new… … More 2014: The Rise of the Raglan
Let the list-making begin! My first Top 5 list for the year is my Top 5 favourite or most-worn makes. There are some TNTs on here, as well as clothes that just make me feel happy every time I wear them. Without further ado, my Top 5 Hits! (In no particular order…) 1. Autumn Comino … More My Top 5 Hits from 2014
I had grand plans for Erin’s kitty-themed sewing challenge… but in the end, I kept it easy with some leopard print! This was supposed to be a cute mini-dress with a band at the bottom (a la Lola) but first it came out too long and then it became too short! That’s what I get … More Cat Lady Sewing!
(The more I stare at this photo, the stranger the pose seems to me! I blame holding the camera remote…) Two new things in my life: A new top, and a new-to-me car! One fleeting, and one hopefully more long-lasting. I have a car! All to myself! WOOHOO!!!! *Dance party!* I didn’t get my full license until … More Two New Things
Blog stats. So fun and fascinating, so arbitrary and superficial a way to measure ourselves! I can’t be the only one that enjoys looking at my blog stats, either through Google Analytics, WordPress, or even just checking the number of followers on Bloglovin’ or Feedly. I’m slightly ashamed of it too, though, as if it’s … More Are you strategic about your blog stats?
This is one of those happy accidents of sewing! I’ve tried it with both fold-over elastic and picot elastic, and they both work well. I’ve got a rainbow stash of elastics ordered off Etsy, so expect plenty of piping in the future! Here’s how: First, serge the elastic onto the edge of the fabric. (I … More Lazy Tips for Sewing Knits: Flat piping knits using elastic!