Style Arc Nina Cardigan & McCall’s 6886 Dress

Friends, I have really lost my blog-jo lately. I don’t feel like I have much to say that’s terribly clever or interesting but I still want to connect with you. So here are a few pictures of a couple of fun makes, with a distinct lack of clever commentary. Perhaps the fact that this dress is covered in OCTOPI makes up for my writer’s block! … Continue reading Style Arc Nina Cardigan & McCall’s 6886 Dress

Aster Sewists Beware: Gratitude Ahead

I’ve had trouble writing posts lately. I realized today I’m feeling entirely deflated by the political climate, both here in Ontario and abroad. Once upon a time I naively thought that political processes in my part of the world could, for the most part, be conducted with reason and civility, with evidence at the heart of decision-making. How quickly that changed. Anyway, I’m not here … Continue reading Aster Sewists Beware: Gratitude Ahead

Frivolous at Last - Jalie Adele Flutter Top 3888

Je suis on a roll: Jalie Adele Flutter Top

I’m not sure why I’ve been sewing so many French patterns lately! The République du Chiffon Camille top was fun to try to decipher (what with all the steering wheels and dead bites and what-not in the instructions), then it was this DP Studio pattern, and I’m completing the French hat trick (pronounced “at trick”, of course) with Jalie. Ok, technically Jalie is Canadian, not … Continue reading Je suis on a roll: Jalie Adele Flutter Top

DP Studio Shorts: business in the back, party in the front

There’s no doubt about it: these are kinda weird. My dear husband politely says they’re “not very flattering”. And yet…and yet, I kinda love ’em! I have long been an admirer of French pattern company DP Studio, perhaps precisely because their designs are kinda weird and maybe not always that flattering. But the creativity! The cool details! Check out this dress, which I have often … Continue reading DP Studio Shorts: business in the back, party in the front

Camille Top: It’s Like a Cloud!

This is the Camille top by République du Chiffon. Made with Italian cotton, a French pattern, and worn by an American girl. (Enough to make the current American president start a trade war for no reason. Oh, no wait, actually he….Ach, forget it. I digress.) I picked up the cotton at a shop called Tessuti Raponi while I was visiting Milan last month. It was … Continue reading Camille Top: It’s Like a Cloud!