Toronto weather. Barely cracking double Celcius digits. IT’S MAY. Raining, like, ALL THE TIME. My sunglasses have been sitting, neglected, in the same spot for so long that there’s a sunglass-shaped outline in the coffee-table dust. COME ON. I overheard a woman on the subway the other day saying to her friend, “Alright, winter’s over. This is just harassment!” We’re DYIN’ over here. I need … Continue reading Refashion: Shirt Dress with Bow and a Dose of Bad-Weather-and-PMS-Induced Ranting
I finally got around to trying a zero-waste sewing pattern! This is the Brumer Wrap Dress by Milan AV-JC. And I’m “on location” in Costa Rica! I made this dress as a beach cover up so naturally it was necessary to get to a beach ASAP in order to test it out. 😉 So what is a zero-waste pattern? In essence, it’s designed to use … Continue reading Zero Waste Sewing: The Brumer Dress by Milan AV-JC
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
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
Seriously, it was love at first fitting. I put it on and thought, I want to make a thousand more of these! This is, of course, the Kielo Wrap Dress, a favourite of the sewing blogosphere since it was released by Named Clothing in Spring of 2014. I think this is a classic design, and, judging by the variety of sewists who’ve modelled it online, … Continue reading I’m in Love! Kielo Wrap Dress
This is my version of the Short Sleeve Sheath Dress 04/2017 #107 from BurdaStyle. But let’s talk about this fabric for a moment, shall we?!? I am LOVING. THIS. FABRIC. My camera has a hard time reproducing colours in the red-pink range accurately but it’s definitely a lovely magenta and indigo blue — two of my favourite colours. It’s a cotton-spandex-rayon blend jersey knit … Continue reading BurdaStyle Ruched Sheath Dress
What makes something look handmade? And is that a good thing or a bad thing? Those are the questions Helena and I are asking your opinion on for the next episode of the Clothes Making Mavens Podcast. Sometimes I worry if someone asks me “did you make that?” — why do you ask, is there something wrong with it?? is usually my first thought. On the … Continue reading Does This Look Handmade?
I feel smokin’ hot in this BurdaStyle dress! Good thing, since it took me two years to make it. 🙂 I’ll tell you all about it below, but first, I have a request for you. Helena and I are preparing episode 5 of the Clothes Making Mavens podcast, and we want to include you in it! What was your proudest moment in sewing? Maybe you made … Continue reading Little Red Dress & Proudest Sewing Moments
*Canard: french for duck. Also means a misleading/unfounded rumour or story. Or a beautiful dress that you’ll never wear. Check out this gorge fabric. I bought it in Rome, and had my scissors into it within hours of landing back home in Toronto. When I bought it I thought those were cranes, but on closer inspection they look like ducks or geese. Canard! Ducks and … Continue reading Is it a Bird? Is it a Crane? No, it’s a Canard*!