Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Chambray Dobbies McCall's 6044

Here's Tim wearing his Christmas present! I gave it to him early because I can't keep a secret.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Lace Print Gallery Tunic


The sewing blog and indie sewing pattern worlds have been abuzz with tons of new tunic patterns lately (see Hey June Cheyenne, Itch to Stitch Mila, etc). While I have been tempted by and have even succumbed to that new pattern buzz, before I jumped into sewing those newer patterns, I wanted sew up a tunic pattern that's been in my stash for a bit longer.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Technicolor Tofinos


A few months ago I stayed a few nights at my (generous) friend Meghan's apartment for several nights. While I was there, I was rocking my Tofino pajama pants (#memadeeveryday), which earned compliments from her. She liked the piping and the fun colors.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Testing, testing: Birkin Flares


This is latest pattern from Lauren at Baste + Gather, the Birkin Flares. The Birkin Flares are described as "high-waisted, flare-leg, classic jeans that are equally perfect with your comfiest tee or a flowy, silk blouse." You can read about the pattern release here on Lauren's blog.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Everyday Anna and Elsa Dresses

Apparently it's been weeks since my niece, Anna, has voluntarily worn anything but a princess dress. A polyester nightmare princess dress. I wanted to make her something still princess-y, but a bit more practical and wearable. I am a practical New Englander at heart, after all. So, naturally, I decided on the dress her namesake wears in Frozen. And while I was at it, I had to make one for her older, occasionally dramatic sister, too: Elsa.


Friday, November 27, 2015

Big News!

Hey y'all! 

Big news: I'm now an editor at the Curvy Sewing Collective

The lovely ladies of the CSC were kind enough to offer me and Gillian (the knit queen of Crafting a Rainbow and Sewcialists) a chance to join them on this awesome adventure. Read all about it here!


I am so thrilled and honored to join the CSC in its mission to educate, inspire and encourage more curvy women to sew their own clothes. You can read more about the CSC's creative, supportive and dynamic community here. I hope I can help keep this empowering conversation going!!

If you have any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions about the Curvy Sewing Collective, please don't hesitate to reach out to me or one of the other editors!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Buttonless Batik Beatrix

When my mom was visiting me in Indonesia a few years ago, we went a bit crazy buying batiks for her to make a quilt. (Hilarious) evidence of our shopping spree below:

Monday, October 19, 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

Anna + Veronika = Annonika?


I needed a dress to wear to a good friend's wedding recently (the same wedding for which I made my beach cover-up Mojave)...

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Testing, testing: True Bias Roscoe Blouse

I was a tester for the newest True Bias pattern, the Roscoe Blouse and Dress, a boho-style, loose-fitting peasant blouse or dress with raglan sleeves, a gathered, split neck with ties.


Monday, October 5, 2015

Tutorial: Single Layer Slash Pocket

When I make pants that have a slash style pocket, I tend to like to make it a one-layer pocket to reduce bulk in my hip/thigh area. I've used this type of pocket many times, including on my recent McCall's 6083 jumpsuit, two pairs of Hudson pants (cropped and chambray), my two Bettines (rayon and lawn), Tim's Juba shorts, and my Ilsley skirt. I had some requests for an explanation of what I mean when I say "one-layer pocket," so I made a tutorial. A very, um, rustic tutorial, but hopefully it explains what I'm talking about!


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Seamwork Mojave in Gauze

The Seamwork Mojave dress/beach cover-up/kaftan/tunic thing caught my eye right away when it came out, but I only just got around to sewing it while on my recent Labor Day Seamwork bender (see also: Seamwork Akita, Seamwork Mesa). I love the neckline and the little gathers below the bust...

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Seamwork Mesa T-shirt


I've been in need of a simple black t-shirt to wear with some of my louder me-made skirts (for example: my yellow Veronika). A black t-shirt that is a bit dressier, though than some of the other, slouchier t-shirts I've been making of late. I wanted it to be appropriate for wearing to work and/or out and slim enough to be tucked in without too much bulk. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Dude Sewing: Jersey Juba Shorts


Tim requested some "sleeping shorts" made from "t-shirt material." I translated this to mean simple, comfy, elastic waist shorts in jersey knit.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sew Over It Anderson Blouse


I was pretty smitten when I first caught sight of the Sew Over It Anderson blouse... so classy, so drapey, so effortlessly elegant. The source of inspiration for the blouse pattern was apparently Gillian Anderson, who rocks a silky wrap blouse like nobody's business:

Monday, August 24, 2015

Josephine in Lawn

Here's a Made by Rae Josephine blouse I made for my Mom. I've made Josephine for myself several times in the past. I love the pleats (pintucks?) and the wide (but not too wide) neckline and thought my mom would like it, too.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Personal Stash Bust/Stash Diet Pledge

If you're on Instagram and following me, you may have noticed the photo I posted as part of House of Pinheiro's Sew Photo Hop on Sunday. Based on Rachel's prompt, I posted a photo of my fabric stash. My excessively large fabric and increasingly disorganized stash.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Batik Oakridge Blouse


For Mother's Day, way back in May, I made a Sewaholic Oakridge bow blouse for my mom, but only recently got some photos of her wearing it.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Floral Fifi for a Friend

Colleen, avert your eyes. Spoilers abound.

A good friend of mine is getting married in September and is have a mini-bachelorette/wedding shower next month. While I can't attend, I wanted to send a little gift... the other girls were joking that I should make her a hand-sewn lingerie set, or maybe a Saucy Safari get-up for our environment, travel and hiking loving friend.


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Blotchy Bettine


I was going for alliteration in the title, but I'm pretty confident that "blotchy" is not really a good adjective to use in this context. What other word could I use for this fabric, though? Mottled? Splotchy? Dappled?