Grainline Archer – 2 Versions

Now that I work from home and will be for the long-term, I’ve noticed a lack of comfortable, professional tops in my wardrobe that look good on webcam. V-neck blouses don’t work when you only show from the clavicles up and all my button down Kalles with grown-on sleeves make…

White Linen Closet Core Kalle Shirt

My new wide-leg Closet Case Ginger Jeans (newly renamed Closet Core) were destined to be paired with a white linen Kalle Shirt from the first moment they popped into my mind. I’ve never had a linen button up shirt before, never mind a white one, so I’m not sure where…

Wide Leg Ginger Jeans #2

Since nailing the fit of my skinny Ginger Jeans and then modifying to an even better fitting wide leg version earlier this year, I’ve officially lost all fear, trepidation, or hesitancy around making jeans. So when I decided I needed some light-wash, wide leg jeans for our cooler-than-usual summer weather,…

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

UPDATE (July 12, 2020) – I’ve recently learned that Sugardale patterns are no longer available and have removed links to the pattern and their Instagram in my post below. Unfortunately I do not know if this pattern company will be returning and I do not know of anywhere else that…

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…