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!

Alberta Street Pencil Skirt in the New Moon’s Arms

It’s time for another Literary Sewing Circle instalment! Melanie over at Following the Thread is hosting another great read-and-sew-along based on the book The New Moon’s Arms by Nalo Hopkinson. The book takes place on an island in the Caribbean and our hapless, middle-aged protagonist has a bit of a drunken night on the beach, and ‘misplaces’ her pencil skirt. I’ve been meaning to make … Continue reading Alberta Street Pencil Skirt in the New Moon’s Arms

Summer Dresses: Catalina and Santa Fe in Italia

Summer is my favourite season for sewing! I love working with bright floral fabrics and making floaty tops and dresses, not to mention the instant gratification of knocking out a summer garment in an evening or two. Here are a couple of simple dresses I made in a mad binge of pre-vacation sewing last month. First up is the Catalina Dress by Blank Slate Patterns. … Continue reading Summer Dresses: Catalina and Santa Fe in Italia

Ogden Ogni Oggi: I want to wear an Ogden cami every today

But first, apologies to Italian speakers. The title of this post means something like Ogden Every Today in Italian. Why am I trying to alliterate in Italian, a language for which I’ve only completed the beginner’s course level 1 in Babbel? Well, A) because a good sewist is SEW not going to pass up an opportunity for a groan-worthy pun, and B) because I am … Continue reading Ogden Ogni Oggi: I want to wear an Ogden cami every today

The Clothes Making Mavens Podcast: a chat with Kate Ng on sustainable sewing

Hi friends! Just a quick note to let you know that the latest episode of the Clothes Making Mavens podcast dropped a few days ago. I interviewed Kate Ng from Time to Sew on the topic of sustainable sewing. If you’ve ever wondered about the environmental impact of fabric manufacturing, or felt a bit guilty about chucking fabric scraps into the landfill, this episode is for … Continue reading The Clothes Making Mavens Podcast: a chat with Kate Ng on sustainable sewing