Megan Nielsen Rowan Dress

Prior to my recent, quite successful efforts to turn the Megan Nielsen Rowan top/bodysuit into a swimsuit, I also decided to experiment with a knit, high-neck, body con dress. I’ve had a vision in my head of this dress – a navy and ecru striped double knit, fitted turtleneck dress…

Marigold Clyde Pants Hack

In my ongoing Make Nine 2019 quest to use, and reuse, and reuse patterns some more, I decided to hack the Tilly and the Buttons Marigold pants that I used for my Marigold jumpsuit and my Anza/Marigold mashup. I used a brilliant tutorial by Catherine at Thread Snips to turn…

Swim Capsule Wardrobe

Heads up: long post coming. It includes details of 3 patterns resulting in 1 suit, 1 rash guard, 2 bikini tops and 3 bikini bottoms PLUS my sewing fail and resulting shoulder injury! (all sizing details and my measurements are included at the end of the post) I had great…

Bras Have Finally Been Made!

Bras have been on my to-make wish list since I figured out that I could really make anything (around the middle of last year). I put them on my 2019 Make Nine list because I really wanted to give them the time and patience that they needed. I started back…

Marigold/Anza Jumpsuit

This make was ALL ABOUT the fabric. I bought two metres of this gorgeous Linen/Cotton Chambray from Blackbird Fabrics on a whim before I new what I wanted to make. I thought, and thought, and thought some more – then was walking downtown wearing my Marigold Jumpsuit when it came…

Me Made May 2019 Summary

We’re done! The challenge of wearing a diverse array of me-made clothing all month was fun. Posting photos daily was a little bit fun, but mostly tiring. In May I pulled things out of my closet that I haven’t worn in a while (partly because the weather changes in May…

Reversible Wiksten Haori

The Wiksten Haori has been out for quite a while but it took three specific occurrences in my life for me to take notice of it this spring. The temperature of my workplace became a problem as warm weather approached. I started my new job late last summer so was…

Closet Case – Kalle Dress

I told you I’d make another Kalle! After my first go at the pattern – the shirt version made in a size 8 – I immediately decided to take another run at it. This time, I sized down to a 6 and made the dress version with pop-over placket and…

Closet Case – Kalle Shirt

I’ve decided to replace one item on my Make Nine list – the skirt. After making five pairs of high-waisted jeans so far this year, I’m not really in any need of more bottoms. What I need it tops. I also wanted a pattern that I felt I could modify…

Langers – Lander/Ginger Mashup

After my first two pairs of Lander Pants and after seeing so many high-waisted, wide -leg, clean front pants in my Instagram feed, the idea popped into my head to mash the Lander Pants pattern and Ginger Jeans pattern together into one super pattern – Langers. My goal was to…

Closet Case – Kelly Anorak

I got rolling on this year’s make nine and haven’t wanted to stop. After the success of my Ginger Jeans, I took a quick break to make a free-form sweatshirt project and then jumped right back in with the other Closet Case pattern on my list. The Closet Case Kelly…

Make Nine 2019

Last year was my first year attempting to stick to a Make Nine. Obviously I make more than nine projects a year but by putting a few specific goals and garments that required more perceived effort on a list helped to keep me on track when new shiny patterns showed…

DIY Jean Jacket

It’s been two years since I decided I wanted to remake my favourite RTW jean jacket. Last year I painstakingly traced each piece and added seam allowances. I also bought and died (twice) the fabric for it then I ran out of steam. Since then it has sat in my…

DIY puff sleeve sweater

This project came from somewhere in my brain, probably from seeing so many puff and bishop sleeve garments in my feed this year. I wanted a cropped but not too tight black turtleneck with long tight cuffs and puff sleeves. With this vision in my head, I started with the…

Double Reversible Ogden Cami

When my Sudley Blouse collar did not survive the wash (my fault, not the pattern or fabric), I wanted to reuse the lovely fabric by making a stash-busting Ogden cami… but I didn’t have enough fabric for the lining. That constraint was the impetus behind this idea. If I was…

Closet Case – Fiona Dress

I’ve finished my very first Closet Case Patterns garment! Yay! I don’t know why I waited so long and I didn’t start on the easiest one but here it is… my Fiona dress. This make started out great. The PDF pattern was the easiest and clearest I’ve ever worked with…

French Navy – Orla Dress #3

It got hot this summer. So hot that I was craving a long, light, loose-fitting maxi dress. I saw this gorgeous embroidered viscose poplin from Blackbird Fabrics and I immediately thought of making a maxi versionĀ of the Orla dress (previously made here and here). Modifying the Orla was easy. I…

A me-made wedding

We did it. We got married. And we didn’t buy a thing to wear… unless you count fabric. G already owned his suit, shirt and shoes. I made him a custom tie and pocket square out of quilting cotton to match my dress and that’s all he needed. My dress…

Short sleeved men’s shirt

Button up shirts are one of my least favourite things to make. There are just so many parts… and so many buttons. They aren’t difficult, they’re just time consuming. With that said, I keep volunteering to make them for my husband and others so I must not hate them as…

Megan Nielsen – Flint Pants

After my first pair of Ninni culottes, and how often I have been wearing them, I needed more wide-leg pants in my life. Enter the Megan Nielsen Flint Pants. I’ve seen these on Instagram for a while but their volume scared me away from trying them. Then I made the…

Orageuse – Londres Trench

It got cold this month and I realized last week that I didn’t have a coat that would work with my wedding dress if I ended up needing one. Everything is done for our wedding. We are fully prepared. So of course I decided the weekend before to make myself…

Named Ninni Culottes – Version #1

I don’t wear pants much anymore. My favourite are skinny jeans but they hurt my knees (because of my chronic injury) when I sit so I’ve stopped wearing them. Wide leg pants won’t put pressure on my knee caps but I’ve always thought that I’m too short to wear them…

Me Made May – Year #1 Summary

I did it! I completed my first Me Made May! For those who aren’t familiar with Me Made May, it the month that the sewing and knitting communities on Instagram make pledges and many in the community try to wear (and document) clothes that they made every day of the…