I used to wonder why Fabricland, the largest fabric chain store in Canada, refuses to carry Simplicity patterns. Now I know. I just spent more time than anyone should have to spend fixing a problem with patterns I ordered from Simplicity, and so I need to rant. The short story is this: don’t order from Simplicity.com because it’s a clusterfuck and their customer service motto … Continue reading Sucked into a Simplicity Service Screw-up
Still questioning the validity of satin ‘joggers’, although feeling pretty propped by all the encouraging comments on their debut post. Thanks for weighing in! Commenter Barbara J had a valid point when she wondered whether dressing them up with high heels was, y’know, a bit twee… ….so I thought I’d try styling them more casually, pairing them with a plain heather gray T-shirt and metallic … Continue reading K, What About This?
Alright, they’re not quite Hammer Pants per se, but these are definitely way outside of my usual trouser universe. The question is: should I wear them? I’m not sure what madness gripped my brain when I saw Burda’s “jogging pants in floral sequin fabric” and thought, “Good Idea!” — because, no. No. Nooooo. And then I saw this pretty satin fabric and thought “Jogging Pants!”, … Continue reading Look Who’s Wearing Hammer Pants
I’m pleased to report that this top survived multiple reduction surgeries to emerge in wearable form! Thank goodness, because I just love this floral-and-roman-ruins fabric. It started off as Burda’s Keyhole Batwing Blouse (05/2015 #111) but you’ll notice my version doesn’t really look anything like it, starting with the fact that there’s no keyhole anywhere to be found. Burda’s version is incredibly long. My first … Continue reading Fiddling with Size While Rome Burns…or Falls to Ruin, or…um…Something Like That
This is McCalls’ 6752, a super-baggy top with a cowl neckline and gathered waist with zipper. I made it with “Patriot Blue Ikat Cotton-Viscose Jersey” I ordered from Mood. I thought I was getting 2 yards but I got 2 ‘panels’, which meant two separate, small pieces of fabric that barely made this top. I have a love/hate relationship with Mood. Love the fabrics. Hate … Continue reading McCall’s 6752: Oversized top with cowl neck
I picked up a few new fabrics! Let me take you on a tour and maybe you can help me decide what to make. I found them all at Designer Fabrics on Queen Street West here in Toronto while on a BLIND FABRIC DATE with someone from Vancouver! I’ll keep you in suspense about that until the end of the post. 😛 Also, hello and … Continue reading A Tour of my New Fabric Stash, in Which There Are No Fewer than Two References to Farts