This is the McCall’s 7908 jumpsuit in stretchy denim. It pretty much combines a lot of current trends: it’s a jumpsuit with a bit of that utilitarian boilersuit look about it, and it has wide, cropped legs. No pats on the back for me, who in theory would like to sew more timeless pieces, but who in practice often jumps on the trendy bandwagon. (But you know … Continue reading M7908: A Charlie’s Angels Dream Come True
More snuggly sweatshirts for snowy Sunday snack snarfing! This is McCall’s 6792 (Misses’ Batwing top and dress). I used some wool-blend jersey leftover from my early Marty Feldman wadder. Looking back on it now, I really could have rescued that top, but that’s several more years of sewing experience talking now. (Plus regret at having wasted beautiful royal blue wool jersey.) At the time, I … Continue reading Wrapping up in Cozy, Part 2: McCall’s & Vogue Sweatshirts
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
Hi friends! This is just a quick post to show you my McCall’s 7538 top that has gone into pretty heavy rotation in my wardrobe. It’s very ‘me’ — angled seams, colour blocking, and a fitted shape. I used three different colours of the same “autumn weight jersey” I bought at Fabricland. I previously used the purple knit on this GreenStyle Creations swing dress. I … Continue reading McCall’s 7538 Colour-Blocked Top, and What is So Exciting Above My Head?
So it seems the Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet is going into my Lay’s Potato Chip Hall of Fame, along with the Aurora Tank. (You know, betcha can’t make just one.*) I recently posted about the mustard-coloured one I made, and now there’s this one, and I’m thinking there might be one or two more in my future before I’m done with it. In a … Continue reading Blackwood Cardigan and McCall’s Cross-over Top
This is my new cozy-yet-kinda-sexy shirt that I just *loooooooove*. There’s something kinda saucy about a low-cut back, don’t you think? This is McCall’s 7127, view B, a very easy top that has only 3 pattern pieces to cut. It was just what I needed to break through the sewing block wall that kept me from finishing any sewing since December. On a whim I pulled … Continue reading M7127: The sweet sound of sewing block crumbling
*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*!
“Romper” – there’s a word I didn’t think I’d have much use for in my adult life, but apparently they’re a thing again, so here we are. Here’s my rendering of McCall’s pattern 7099, Misses’ Romper and Jumpsuit, View A. Look ma, no vaginas! Don’t be shocked — that’s a reference to the fact that there were vaginas all over this fabric that I didn’t … Continue reading M7099: Roomy Romper
Notice anything unusual about this fabric? Look carefully. Or maybe not even that carefully. Yeah, that. I think it’s supposed to look like a knot in the wood grain. Alas, it calls to mind something else entirely. I didn’t notice this when I bought the fabric…I was just excited about the ombré effect and the wood grain pattern. It wasn’t until I got it home … Continue reading Excuse me ma’am, there’s a little sumthn sumthn on your shirt