Frivolous at Last - Jalie Rachel Top

Literary Sewing Circle Project: Jalie Rachel Top

I always enjoy reading (and sewing) along with Melanie’s Literary Sewing Circle. The latest book that Melanie chose for us to read was A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, a novel set in both Japan as well as a remote area of British Columbia, Canada. Nao is our young female protagonist in Japan, who is struggling with severe bullying at school, a … Continue reading Literary Sewing Circle Project: Jalie Rachel Top

Frivolous at Last - Surtout Jacket by Ensemble Patterns

Ensemble Patterns Surtout Jacket

I made this from Ikea fabric and whenever I wear it I just wanna shout, “START THE CAR!!” The pattern is the Surtout coat and jacket from Ensemble Patterns, cropped version. I was intrigued by the large lapels and boxy, cropped shape. (But note that I had a bit of a helluva time working out parts of the instructions. I don’t recommend this pattern for beginners!)I fear … Continue reading Ensemble Patterns Surtout Jacket

Frivolous at Last - McCall's 7908 denim jumpsuit

M7908: A Charlie’s Angels Dream Come True

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

Simplicity 0315 sweatshirt in black and white sweater knit

Sweatershirt and Joan Trousers

New word: sweatershirt. Not a sweatshirt, per se, but a top that looks like a tarted up sweatshirt made with sweater knits. I’m rather pleased with this one because: I got the pattern, Simplicity 0315, from a pattern swap (=free!) I used up a small amount of awkwardly-shaped leftover black sweater knit (only a few tiny scraps leftover!) I used a ready-to-wear sweater for the … Continue reading Sweatershirt and Joan Trousers

Frivolous at Last - Refashioned shirt dress with bow

Refashion: Shirt Dress with Bow and a Dose of Bad-Weather-and-PMS-Induced Ranting

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