Reflections on Refraining from Buying Clothes for a Year

In December of 2017 I signed up for the Ready to Wear (RTW) Fast — no buying any clothes during 2018. There is SO MUCH to be learned from a buying fast, and I highly recommend the challenge to anyone, even non-sewists. First, a disclaimer. I didn’t get through the whole year without buying RTW clothes. I gained weight in the spring and summer and when … Continue reading Reflections on Refraining from Buying Clothes for a Year

Frivolous at Last - Jalie Yoko Sweater

Yoko Convertible Turtleneck Sweater & New Clothes Making Mavens podcast episode

This is my finished version of the Jalie Yoko Square Roll-Neck Top — a free pattern! Merci, Jalie! (If you read my last blog post and couldn’t click through to the pattern, the link is definitely working now.) I modified mine by adding 5 inches to the length so I could wear it with leggings and have my butt covered. Another modification: I made the … Continue reading Yoko Convertible Turtleneck Sweater & New Clothes Making Mavens podcast episode

A few free patterns for #brokeasssewing

‘Tis the season of being broke-ass! So I thought I’d share with you some of the free patterns I’ve discovered lately. Maybe something here works with some fabric in your stash, so you don’t have to lay out any cash to get your sew on. That’s what I call #brokeasssewing! Jalie’s Yoko sweater – just released today! Thanks to Dawn and Mayra on That Sewing Blab … Continue reading A few free patterns for #brokeasssewing

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Remember this moment

This pattern photo from the latest Butterick collection stopped me in my tracks. Now I know that a lot of indie patterns have already been actively moving towards more inclusion with the models they choose, using a range of sizes, body types, ages, ethnicities, abilities, and gender identities. But you know we’re in the throes of positive change when one of the big commercial companies … Continue reading Remember this moment

Frivolous at Last - McCall's 6792 and Vogue 9026 sweatshirts

Wrapping up in Cozy, Part 2: McCall’s & Vogue Sweatshirts

More snuggly sweatshirts for snowy Sunday snack snarfing! This is McCall’s 6792 (Misses’ Batwing top and dress). I used some wool-blend jersey leftover from my early Marty Feldman wadder. Looking back on it now, I really could have rescued that top, but that’s several more years of sewing experience talking now. (Plus regret at having wasted beautiful royal blue wool jersey.) At the time, I … Continue reading Wrapping up in Cozy, Part 2: McCall’s & Vogue Sweatshirts

Frivolous at Last - Style Arc Carlsson Sweater

Wrapping up in Cozy, Part 1: The Style Arc Carlsson Sweater

Black Friday public service announcement: You have enough. You are enough. Save your bank account. Save the environment. Ignore your inbox and avoid getting caught up in the frenzy. Enjoy a cup of tea instead. So says the woman who just bought some discounted sewing patterns. 🙂 Ok, public service announcement over, and on to the fact that it’s the season to make and wear … Continue reading Wrapping up in Cozy, Part 1: The Style Arc Carlsson Sweater