A Tale of Two Pennys

Since making my Intrepid Boiler Suit and Len Coveralls this year, I’ve decided I really love the collared shirt look without having to tuck said shirt into pants or a skirt. But what’s easier to take on and off than a collared jumpsuit? Why a collared dress of course! I…

French Poetry – Lune Dress

Sometimes my sewing plans veer way off course and I decide on a whim that I must make something I’d never thought of before. Usually, I prefer to consider my wardrobe needs and choose my makes to fill gaps. This dress fills no gaps. I just had to make it.…

Sugardale – Len Coveralls

I’m not sure how I found Sugardale on Instagram, but sometime in April I stumbled across Trista’s feed and was instantly hooked on the Len Coveralls. I was coming off my Intrepid Boiler Suit and was looking to try something more fitted and then there it was, the pattern I…

Helen’s Closet – Silk Suki Robe

I’ve wanted a silk robe for a number of years. The vision I had for it originally was grey but then a local woman was de-stashing her decades-long collection of silks last fall (for less than $10/m) and this beautiful, heavy-weight, sage-green silk and coordinating silk brocade were just too…

My modified V9253

Yes, it’s the dress that everyone seems to make. I’ve scrolled the hashtag on Instagram for so long wondering if I should make it too. Then Sitka Fabrics gifted me some lovely washed linen in the colour teal and I decided the time was right to tackle this fan favourite……

Workout Capsule – Make Nine 2020

My modified Avery Leggings were the first of three planned makes for the first project of my Make Nine plans this year. Next up were a reversible Power Sports Bra and a modified Sundance Jacket (both from Greenstyle Creations). These were my first makes with Greenstyle Creations patterns and they…

Make Nine 2020

Here we go again. Make Nine worked well for me last year. It kept me focused and helped me push through some tough makes that I’m really happy I accomplished though was very hesitant to start (read more about my Make Nine 2019 success here). So I’m doing it again.…

Make Nine 2019 Recap

My plan for this year’s Make Nine was to really dig in – to pick nine makes that I wouldn’t just make, but would toile and make and make again until I felt like I’d mastered something new. I set out my plans at the end of 2018 and stayed…

By Hand London Rumana Toile

I’ve had a vision in my mind of a very specific coat for over two years: Grey wool, knee length or a little longer, double breasted, fitted, with polka dot silk lining. I bought the lining two years ago from Gala Fabrics in Victoria and the grey wool from Blackbird…

Upgraded with a ruffle

Just a short post today because I’ve finally learned the power of adding a ruffle! My Deer and Doe Magnolia was one of my first makes of the year. I wore it a couple of times but I had cut it a tiny bit short and combined with the light…

Vintage Butterick 6275

Not being a curvy gal, I usually stay away from vintage patterns. Their waist/hip ratios are not designed for straight old me. But when I was looking for a very specific blouse shape this summer and could not find it in my indie pattern search, I turned to my mom’s…

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 2

I tried it again! The same Clyde pants hack from my last post but this time much narrower and made out of Tencel Twill from Blackbird Fabrics. I made these while I was up in Nanaimo, helping my mom after her double knee replacement. She’s a champ though and I…

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…

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…