I’ve had trouble writing posts lately. I realized today I’m feeling entirely deflated by the political climate, both here in Ontario and abroad. Once upon a time I naively thought that political processes in my part of the world could, for the most part, be conducted with reason and civility, with evidence at the heart of decision-making. How quickly that changed. Anyway, I’m not here … Continue reading Aster Sewists Beware: Gratitude Ahead
I’m not sure why I’ve been sewing so many French patterns lately! The République du Chiffon Camille top was fun to try to decipher (what with all the steering wheels and dead bites and what-not in the instructions), then it was this DP Studio pattern, and I’m completing the French hat trick (pronounced “at trick”, of course) with Jalie. Ok, technically Jalie is Canadian, not … Continue reading Je suis on a roll: Jalie Adele Flutter Top
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
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!
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 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
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