Ah, ponte knit, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. There’s the fact that your edges don’t fray or even curl! And you don’t demand to be pinned before being sewn. Right side or wrong side? Who can tell — and who cares?? Your somewhat sturdy drape lends a lovely shape to garments. And you’ll never shrink or stretch out of shape … Continue reading Sewcializing and the Heather 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
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
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
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
Hi, friends! I’m excited to tell you that on the latest episode of the Clothes Making Mavens podcast, we’re interviewing Marcy Harriell, a.k.a. Oonaballoona. You don’t want to miss this one so click the link to listen or subscribe on your favourite podcasting app. Thanks for listening! — Lori Continue reading Marcy Harriell is on Clothes Making Mavens
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!