Vogue 1537 Cocktail Dress

When I found out that I was going to San Fransisco for a Christmas Party this year, I knew a new dress was definitely going to be needed. I’ve been focussing more on practical makes and, with the exception of my lovely summer party dress, my closet is rather lacking…

DIY Pencil Skirt #2

After wearing my blue scuba knit pencil skirt to work and realizing how comfortable it was, I decided I had to make more. For my next go at it, I decided to make a few changes to my basic skirt pattern. This time I added two darts to the back…

Seamwork – Astoria #2

After realizing on my first Seamwork Astoria how incredibly easy it was to make, I new I’d be making more. Round 2 is made with Ponti di Roma again. I found a bunch on Ponti remnants at my local fabric store and bought them up for exactly this kind of…

Thread International Makes #1

I learned about Thread International from a YouTuber I follow and decided to give their fabrics a try because I was so impressed with their transparency and impact. One of the primary reasons that I make my own clothes is because I do not trust the fashion industry to treat garment…

Seamwork Camden

A cape coat is something I’ve wanted to make for a couple of years. I’ve had the Camden pattern for a few months but I knew I couldn’t have a cape coat that didn’t have pockets and I was daunted to start because I knew I was going to have…

DIY Scuba Pencil Skirt

This summer I really enjoyed wearing elastic-waisted, knit pencil skirts. They look professional but, unlike their woven siblings, are also incredibly comfortable to wear when sitting all day at a desk. Knit fabric tends to cling to tights though so I thought I had to leave this favourite style behind…

Sew Over It – Heather Dress

When I found a beautiful piece of heavy, rich, cranberry, 4-way-stretch ponte at Value Village this summer, I knew I needed a cosy and comfortable fall dress pattern for it. Enter the Sew Over It Heather Dress. Fitted but not tight; large built-in pockets; it looked like the perfect fall…

Victory Patterns – Nicola Dress

I picked up the Victory Patterns Nicola dress during indie pattern month (along with the Sew Over It Tulip Skirt). It was the sleeves that got me. I had never sewn any like it before and I wanted to learn how. Overall, I liked this pattern. I didn’t use material…

DIY Bow Culottes

When my colleague came into the office a few weeks ago in a pair of navy and white striped culottes with a bow on the side and an elastic waistband in the back, I knew I had a new DIY sewing project to add to my list. For reference, here…

Thrifted Refashion #4

I took a break from difficult projects last weekend and did a quick refashion of a hand-me-down dress with a lovely boarder print. The dress wasn’t really my style but I wanted to do something with it that showed off the fabric. I decided on a simple top. This top…

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…