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.…

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 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…

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…

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…

Swimsuit Experiment #3

After my last swimsuit experiment, I wanted to try something a little different. I wanted a high-neck (for sun protection), thin shoulder straps (halters give me headaches), and enough bum coverage that I’m not constantly feeling over-exposed. This is what I came up with. I thought about this design quite…

DIY Maxi Skirt Reprise

The thing about making your own clothes is that it is incredibly easy to remake the stuff you love again and again. A couple of weeks ago, I decided on whim to remake my side-slit maxi skirt on a Saturday morning and was finished in time to go for brunch.…

Swimsuit Experiments

Recently I’ve become obsessed with the idea of making my own swimsuits. Store-bought suits are expensive and I have trouble with fit because I am so short waisted. My shape is not at all flattered by the current high-waisted retro craze and in non-retro looking suits, the material devoted to bum…

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…