Sewing with the Flow and Mama Bear Joggers

When we sew garments, we’re sewing to fit our bodies. And that would be quite a bit easier if our bodies didn’t keep changing all the time, amirite?! For many women, there may be a significant change at least once a month. So Helena and I decided to discuss sewing for menstruation and menopause on our latest episode of the Clothes Making Mavens. We talk … Continue reading Sewing with the Flow and Mama Bear Joggers

Nesting

This is just a quick post to say hi and show you the giant throw pillows I made. I used some canvas-weight fabrics by Echino (see below). Dontcha just love the stag with the red hipster glasses? And I mixed them up with some other cotton mid-weight fabrics I had leftover, like the Japanese cotton on the bottom of the pillow below. That was leftover … Continue reading Nesting

Burda Wrap Blouse & Love Notions Skirt Sybil Illusion Skirt

Some of the following photos to be filed under The Futility of Photographing Black Garments. You’ll just have to imagine that you can actually see the style lines and details! This is the BurdaStyle Wrap Blouse from the 04/2014 magazine, but also available online here: http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/wrap-blouse-042014. I’m also sporting a Love Notions pencil skirt which I’ll discuss more below. Back to the blouse: I made one … Continue reading Burda Wrap Blouse & Love Notions Skirt Sybil Illusion Skirt

Frivolous at Last - McCall's 7538

McCall’s 7538 Colour-Blocked Top, and What is So Exciting Above My Head?

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?

Meeting an old friend for the first time!

Last week I was lucky enough to be able to travel to Los Angeles for a bit of a break from winter. (Although I seemed to have brought the winter along with me from Toronto — the LA newscasts were full of handwringing about how damn COLD it was there. Alas.) Anyway, one of the reasons for my trip was to hang out with Helena, … Continue reading Meeting an old friend for the first time!

The One Hour Ombre Top, Which Was Effortless, Of Course

It’s ombré, hombre! If there’s one thing that will have me clicking “Add To Cart” faster than a Canadian politician can resign after a #metoo complaint, it’s ombré. (Oh, and Asian-style prints. Especially with cranes. But I digress.) There was one lousy yard of this fabric left in stock, so I snatched it up, determined to find a way to make it work for something. … Continue reading The One Hour Ombre Top, Which Was Effortless, Of Course