Highlands Wrap Dress #1

I’m optimistically calling this post “Highlands Wrap Dress #1” in the hopes that I will make many more versions of this dress to share with you. I follow @indie_sew on instagram and saw this dress around the same time I was making my first self-drafted wrap dress. After trying a…

Thrifted Refashion #3

Before I get started with this post I need to say, the thing that drew me to this skirt in the thrift store was the colour but no matter what I tried, I could not take a photo that really showed the colour. In reality it is much less orange…

DIY Ruffle Wrap Dress

When I decided I wanted a wrap dress with ruffles, I don’t think I fully appreciated how tough it would be to start completely from scratch, build my own pattern, and teach myself how to make the dress at the same time. I had never made a wrap dress before…

Thrifted Refashion #2

Last weekend I made my first trip to the thrift store with a mindset to pick up things I could refashion. With this goal, I stuck to the extra-large section so that I would have a lot of fabric to work with and came away with two t-shirts, a skirt…

Swimsuit Experiment #3

After my last swimsuit experiment, I wanted to try something a little different. I wanted a high-neck (for sun protection), thin shoulder straps (halters give me headaches), and enough bum coverage that I’m not constantly feeling over-exposed. This is what I came up with. I thought about this design quite…

DIY Maxi Skirt Reprise

The thing about making your own clothes is that it is incredibly easy to remake the stuff you love again and again. A couple of weeks ago, I decided on whim to remake my side-slit maxi skirt on a Saturday morning and was finished in time to go for brunch.…

Swimsuit Experiments

Recently I’ve become obsessed with the idea of making my own swimsuits. Store-bought suits are expensive and I have trouble with fit because I am so short waisted. My shape is not at all flattered by the current high-waisted retro craze and in non-retro looking suits, the material devoted to bum…

Exploring Cropped Wide-leg Pants

I’ve been attracted to cropped wide-leg pants for quite a while but the ones I’ve tried on in stores just haven’t looked (or felt) good on me. Not being very tall (I’m 161 cms, that’s just over 5’3″ and relatively petite aside from my ex-gymnast thighs) probably has a lot to…

Emergency Shorts Transformation

This Victoria day long weekend snuck up on me and I was woefully underprepared. The issue: summer weather for the first time this year. The problem: no shorts and no material to use to make any. I was considering what else I could wear in the 22+ degree heat (72…

Collarless Blouse

Last year I made my first blouse. This year, I decided to do it again but got impatient at the end and decided to not sew on the collar. Voila, a mandarin collar! Prior to doing this, I hadn’t really given any though to how a mandarin collar was made.…

Houndstooth

Sewing is awesome. It is awesome because when you think of something you want, you don’t have to search for it in stores, you just have to make it. This houndstooth coat was exactly that, something I wanted and I made. This is my third coat project and is the…

Pattern Transformation: Work Dress

I’ve been working at various desk-based jobs for over a decade and, in that time, I’ve come up with a list of demands for comfortable office wear. I’ve tried to meet these demands with store-bought clothing but there is always something missing. For me, the perfect work dress needs to be…

My First Winter Coat

When I say I made my first ever winter-weight coat, I should acknowledge that I live in the most temperate climate in Canada and it rarely, if ever dips below zero degrees Celsius here. Now that I’ve gotten that disclaimer out of the way… I made my first winter coat!…

First remake

The first piece of clothing that I tried to make without a pattern probably wasn’t the easiest choice. But that’s usually how I roll. I chose this top because I thought I could find fabric that would work and I loved the version I had but wanted to make a…

Custom Pattern Party Dress

In my quest to make an entire wardrobe for myself, I’m focusing on making pieces without patterns but I am not discounting using them for some of the harder-to-make pieces. This party dress is one example. I used a custom pattern from Bootstrap Fashion and have since repurposed the bodice pattern…

Easy DIY: Side-slit maxi skirt

When summer approaches, I always want to start wearing skirts before it is actually warm enough. I made this skirt last year as a way to bridge the seasonal gap and it is a great beginner DIY that you can easily customize to suit you. For this project your will need a…

Why I Sew

Let me start this post my saying, I like clothes. I mean, I really like clothes. I follow fashion bloggers, I obsess over my own style, and I plan my wardrobe on Sunday night for the week ahead. I like to have a lot of clothes. It hasn’t always been…

Gradient Blossoms – Photo Tutorial

Hooray for long weekends! I used the holiday Monday to catch up on chores, wash my car and, of course, paint my nails. I started this week’s design with a sponge gradient and then layered on branches, leaves and blossoms. Here is a photo tutorial so you can see how this…

International Woman

Tomorrow being International Women’s Day, I wanted to stay away from stereotypical pink and do something fierce and fabulous on my nails. I recycled this design from a couple of years ago (more about that below) and used one of my new polishes. The colours in this leopard and zebra…

Striped Conversion

A while back I was inspired by the outfit of a fashion blogger that I follow. The blog is called Lovely Pepa by Alexandra and the outfit was a fitted pencil skirt with matching crop top. Like this –> Putting aside the fact that really have no practical place to wear…

Grey Day – Bright Nails

Sometimes when it is grey outside, the only thing to do is bring out the neon. I had so many plans for the sunshine today and when the clouds, wind, and rain put an end to those plans, I did the next best thing. I pulled out my two most favourite…

Fast & Thrifty Blazer Refresh

During my annual closet refresh this past January I noticed that I had three black blazers. Well, noticed may be the wrong choice of words. I was REMINDED that I possess three black blazers and this reminder made me realize that I really only ever wear one of them. To…

Conflicted

I’m waiting. Waiting for the first day that I can wear skirts and dresses without tights. Waiting to bring my pretty shoes out of hiding. We were close last week. Spring has definitely arrived here in Victoria, but this weekend’s periods of torrential rain have been most discouraging. I try…

Colourful Conversion

I’ve had this pair of jeans in my closet for almost three years now. You probably have a similar garment or two in your own closet. They have moved with you many times. Each time you pack them it’s because you just can’t seem to part with them, even though…