No matter the brand, I always run into the same problem with jeans: When I sit, the back rise gets pulled down by my sizeable booty, and the front waistband cuts in to compensate. Then when I stand up, I have to grab the waistband and pull everything back into place! Usually I sew my … More Easy jeans alteration: More room for your butt!
In my review of the Closet Case Ebony dress, I asked you about the delicate issue of “flattering” clothes. There were so many excellent responses that I wanted to gather them into their own post! (Why? Couldn’t I just tell you to go read the comments from the last post? Well, as a principal I … More What is “Flattering”?
The tent dress trials continue! This summer I tried a bunch of different patterns for swingy knit dresses, but I’ve yet to sew any for winter… until Closet Case Patterns released their the Ebony tee/dress this week! Heather had been hinting on IG that the new pattern would be like her New Years dress, so … More Closet Case Patterns’ Ebony Dress!
I’ve been enjoying wearing my first Tessuti Isla Top (more than expected, to be frank!) so inspiration struck to make another version in some lovely bamboo I picked up for half price! I love this colour, and find myself choosing it again and again, even though it’s it’s darker than the teal I consider “ideal” for my … More Tessuti Isla Top, Take 2!
I know a lot of people who will be at protest marches tomorrow in several countries and many cities… and I wanted to pass on a few articles that I thought had advice worth considering for a safe and comfortable march! What to wear to a protest march (Particularly useful for 1st timers, I’d think!) … More Protesting
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