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 #1

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 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…

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…

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…