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 version 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…

Makes during Me Made May

I haven’t been sewing much this month because it’s Me Made May and I’ve been busy taking photos and documenting my outfits on Instagram (learn more on Instagram #MMMay18). That’s not to say I haven’t been sewing anything though! Here are a few recent makes: I made a second French…

French Navy – Orla Dress #1

I’ve seen so many gorgeous Orla dresses on Instagram but I wasn’t sure it was a good style for me. Then I found out the pattern (by French Navy) was free decided it was worth giving it a try. I was a bit worried about the length of the bodice,…

Matchy two-piece trial

I’m not sure when or why I started wanting to try a matching two-piece outfit, but I did and it happened. It also happened once before with two knit pieces but this time my vision was woven – specifically a floaty woven rayon from my stash. The result is…. well I’m…

Tessuti – Lois Dress #2

Immediately after I made my first Tessuti Lois Dress back in January , I made plans to try it again. I loved the fit of the top of this beautiful, simple dress but the hips ended up far to large on me. This isn’t surprising since I am very much…

Colette Penny Shirt Dress

I put the Colette Penny shirt dress into my 2018 “make nine” because I wanted to force myself to make it. I knew I might back out otherwise. I’ve been leery of shirt dresses since I tried a few in my 20’s and found them very unflattering on my figure.…

Seamwork – Addison Tank

I purchased some Cupro and Viscose twill from Blackbird Fabrics on Christmas day on a whim and when I got it, I had no idea what to do with it. Whoops! That’s supposed to be against my rules. It took me a while to come up with the right pattern…

On Sewing and Identity

I had an undeniable passion when I was growing up. Anyone who knew me would have been able to tell you what it was. I was a gymnast. I competed first provincially and later nationally from the age of 8 through 18. I started coaching at 16 and I was…

Tessuti – Lois dress toile

One of my #makenine2018 is the Tessuti Fabrics Lois dress. I fell in love with the deep V-neck line on this dress. Empire waists aren’t usually my thing but this one sits flat across the stomach and also tucks in nicely at the small of the back making it quite…

Seamwork Mesa #2

After the success of my first try, and how much I ended up wearing it, I decided another Seamwork Mesa was in order (although if you read my last post, you know I already had this fabric cut out before I even wore my first one). Whatever the order was,…

Alice and Ann Kendra Dress #1

Before I start, a quick disclaimer: this blog post will contain too many exclamation marks because I LOVE THIS DRESS SO MUCH!!! I am numbering all of my blog posts recently and it is so nice to be finding patterns that I really love. This one, the Alice and Ann…

Megan Nielsen Sudley Blouse

It was love at first site for me for both this pattern and this fabric. The pattern is the Megan Nielsen Sudley Blouse and the fabric is a viscose poplin from Blackbird Fabrics. Neither are winter appropriate and I really should be focusing on my holiday sewing but, as I said,…

Seamwork Mesa #1

When I title a blog post with the #1 at the end, it means I’ve found a pattern I like. I have had Seamwork Mesa in my pattern stash for a while and I decided to give it a try with a black ponti di roma remnant from Fabricland. I made two…

Vogue 1537 Cocktail Dress

When I found out that I was going to San Francisco 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…