Have you ever heard of David Kibbe’s body type system? He published a book in 1987, but like “having your colours done”, it’s back in fashion! (Is this only in my world that those two are trendy again? Maybe!) The assumption of the system is that we are all a mix ofYang (soft) and Yin … More Down the Kibbe rabbit hole!
Look, September kicked my butt. I was late on two pattern tests, purely because I forgot when they were due… I’ve been telling Jamie every weekend that I’ll sew him pants, and 4 weeks later, I haven’t yet… and I only blogged 3 projects in September, all of which were sewn in August! The shift … More Helen’s Closet Elliot Sweater
It’s finally time! I proposed a #SewJanelleMonae tribute back in April… knew what I was making by June… sewed it in July and August… and here we are, with the finished look in September! If you still have plans to make your own Janelle-inspired project, don’t worry – there are no rules around this and … More #SewJanelleMonae
So apparently leopard is really trendy this fall… I can tell because I’ve been seeing enough of it that I really want more! And then my coworker asked if I could teach her how to sew – and the first thing she wants to make is a leopard skirt! I’d never worn animal prints until … More Loving Leopard Prints
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