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!
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!
Knit plaids are an elusive beast – so for years I’ve bought every one I can find. There was this, and this… and… in five years, I think that’s all! So when I found this buffalo plaid rayon on Minerva Crafts, I snapped up 5m and a few metres of a black and white colourway … More Lumberjane Dress
I cleaned out my summer scraps from the sewing room the other day – aka. the huge pile of scraps from everything I’ve sewn over the last 3 months! In the process, I finished up some WIPs and sewed some scrap busters. Sewing scraps is almost like tidying, right? First up, a Maria Denmark Day-to-Night … More Wardrobe Padding
Today I’m blogging over at Cali Fabric about my coral leopard Santa Fe tent dress… which really got me thinking about what works on my body and what I like to wear. Proportion and practicality – this dress needed some tweaks to get there! First, proportion. I started off with the version on the left. … More Proportion and Practicality
It’s my 5th wedding anniversary today, and we’re celebrating by going to see one of our favourite bands play in Canada for the first time! A few days ago Jamie was showing me live concert video on YouTube, and I got inspired by the stage costumes the band wears… and half an hour later, I … More Tent Dress Trial and Error
I’m always a year or two behind trends – I don’t like them when they are breaking, but by year two, I’m like, “YAS! I need culottes/jumpsuits/whatever!” That’s where I’m at with tent dresses. Call ’em what you like – trapeze dresses, swing dresses – I want them! I toyed with the idea just a … More Tent Dress Trials
Behold, my first jumpsuit! And as I informed my husband when I made this one, I might be wearing a lot of jumpsuits this summer. I”m a year late to this pattern, but I’m in love! This is a wearable muslin, with no adjustments except shortening the leg. I’m really pleased with how well it … More Sallie Jumpsuit
The Better Pictures Project is back! In September, Heather B taught us about taking photos out and about… in October, Jenny from Cashmerette got us jumping and twirling… and in November, Heather from Closet Case Files improved our photo editing skills! After a little break for December, I’m asking Katie from What Katie Sews to help us taking … More Taking Better Indoor Photos with Katie from What Katie Sews!
Ok, so yesterday I gushed about the Appleton wrap dress pattern which I tested for Cashmerette. Today I wanted to talk more about the details: sizing, fit, instructions and the pdf. Sizing: Like any pattern, you choose a size based on your waist and hips. From there, though, you’ve got 3 bust sizes to choose from, … More Appleton Wrap Dress: The Details