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?
First, this pattern is a blouse… and second, it is primarily aimed at wovens! But they list knits as an option in the instructions, so of course you know that is what I used! This is the new Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick Flora, and I made three in the week since it was released! I’ve … More SBCC Flora Dress
Summer vacation as a teacher is pretty awesome – two whole months to sew, and only leave the house when you want! I’ve been trying to make sure I use that time to connect with local sewists, not just retreat into my delightfully introverted bubble. Twinsie sewing with @gilliancrafts. Sneak peek at the swim shrug … More Social Sewing
I’m back with one (two) last variations on the theme of pull-on trousers! This time, I’m using the Closet Case Patterns Jenny overalls pattern to make flowy wide culottes. On the left, a pair in rayon challis, and on the right, a pair in navy poly crepe! Both paired with Santa Fe tanks, because I’m … More Closet Case Jenny Culottes
More Closet Case Patterns, more pull on pants! What can I say, I’m on a roll? In my previous posts about my Sasha trousers and different types of pull-on elastic waist pants, some people asked about patterns, so I thought I would take you through how I turn a standard pair of trousers into pull-on … More Jenny Shorts – or, Should I just declare July as Pants Month?
I wrote this for the Curvy Sewing Collective in 2015 – I’m finally reposting it here! Can anything ruin a day faster than too-tight or too-loose jeans? (Answer: Yes, of course, other things are worse, but badly fitting pants are pretty awful!) Either they cut into your tummy when you sit, causing bloating, discomfort, or “muffin … More How to give any stretch pants an elastic waistband
Since I started down the rabbit-hole of pull-on pants in my post about my Sasha trousers, let’s just go whole-hog on this, shall we? I’ve been planning this post for a while, inspired by my me-made and RTW wardrobe. I love pants with a stretchy waistband, but there are a surprisingly variety of ways to … More Types of Pull-On Trouser Waistbands
The Closet Case Patterns blogfest continues! (Yes, this is my third CCP post in a row, after three Jalie patterns in a row… next up will be a wildcard though!) I made these Sasha trousers in April, and they have been in steady rotation since. Because my closet is so full, that really only means … More Sasha Trousers, and Musings about Plus-Size Fit