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…

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…

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…

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…