• Pattern Reviews,  Sewing Community,  Weekend Sewing

    Pattern Review: Passiflore

    *This pattern was sent to me by Deer And Doe in exchange for review. All opinions are my own. * Warning: This post contains hand-sewing that may offend some audiences. Just kidding! No matter which camp you are on with the ol’ needle and thread, read on… Description: The Passiflore dress and top is unlined with button closure, a-line silhouette, notched collar, set in sleeves (2 lengths available), and a D-ring belt. There are 2 dress lengths included in the pattern, as well as a blouse option. I made: Version B with short sleeves. Size range: 34-52 (33.5″-48″ hip measurement) I made : Size 36, no adjustments except lengthening the…

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    Sewing a Collection, Part 4: The Collection!

    I have focused on sharing the journey, but today I am sharing the results! I will list the patterns used, fabrics, and share a few days of outfits. I just used my phone camera and collage app to make these, so its not going to win any photography awards 😀 Its just for my own organization and documentation purposes. (#usewhatyouhave and start now). I didn’t set a number for myself because in the past that has sabotaged my task-oriented brain. I just made a list of what I want to wear and sewed it up over a couple months. It came out to be 5 tops, 3 bottoms, and 1…

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    Sewing A Collection,Part 3:

    Once I had chosen a color palette (side note: I think it may be more descriptive to call it a “color story”) , I went into my closet and pulled a few things that a) I really like b) are in the palette and c) fit the season the collection is intended for. Many more garments than these will fit with the collection pieces, but I am simplifying this project to avoid overwhelm. (I get overwhelmed by options.) I made a rough chart that included the pulled garments and that list of wardrobe “gaps” (see Part 1). I lightly shaded in the squares of pieces I have in grey. The…

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    Sewing A Collection, Part 2:

    Color. The first thing I realized when I dove into the world of capsule wardrobes was that unless I started wearing beige, not many of the popular examples would work. I do love color, brights and neutrals, equally, in their place. I understand the theory that having a 100% neutral wardrobe would optimize the combinations and allow a smaller wardrobe to go further. I just couldn’t make it stick personally. How long would I last in a fabric store, confined to beige… That said, having a basic palette is pretty much the only way to effectively start a collection. It doesn’t have to be basic as in black and white,…

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    Sewing A Collection (How I finally started making outfits) Part 1:

    *This is going to be a series on my process of sewing a collection, and ending my wardrobe angst. The opinions and issues in this series may only ever apply to me, but since I have spent so much time researching capsules and collections, I will add my experience to it to be taken however it may! * Lets start with a few things about me. I used to thrift shop like crazy, I now sew like crazy, and both have resulted in an abundant and spontaneous wardrobe. I teeter between loving organization, loathing excess, and don’t-limit-me-I-love-fashion. However, if my wardrobe (or sewing/shopping habits) was working for me, I wouldn’t…

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    A Darn Good Pillow Cover (+Tutorial)

    I couldn’t resist using the bright teal recycled sari silk from Darn Good Yarns for a pop of color in my neutral-yet-vintage living room. I love mixing pieces inspired by every bygone era, and this textured slipcover adds even more interest. You can find the pack of recycled sari silk here, and see my post about other fabric in my pack here. I have a quick tutorial for making this pillow cover, and you can adapt it easily for any size of pillow (even full size or body pillows!). I used sari silk for the front piece, cotton scraps for the back piece, and some leftover fringe from a past…

  • Less Waste Makes,  Sewing Community,  Weekend Sewing

    Sewing {darn} Good.

    If you sew your own clothing, there is probably a part of you that cares where and how your clothes are made. What happens to the people who make them. What happens to the environment in the process. If you sew your own clothing, recycle, shop secondhand, shop consciously… chances are it is for the goal of doing less harm. Meet Darn Good Yarn, who are providing an opportunity to make something beautiful AND do some good. When they reached out to me, I took some time to read up on what this company is doing, and I will always recommend that you do the same (Don’t just take my…

  • Early Fall 2019 Stack,  Pattern Reviews,  Seasonal Stacks

    No.2: Camel Coat

    Its the hottest week of the year where I live, so naturally, I made a coat! Confession time: Last winter I attempted to sew a coat, got frustrated, and binned it. Funny enough, I wasn’t intimidated by coat-making until I tried it! I really needed to wrap my head around the construction AND get my coat-skills up. The Cambria Duster by Friday Pattern Company is the perfect way to ease into things. Its not lined, not too many pieces, no closures- so you can focus on the shape, collar construction, and seam finishing. Even just getting the hang of the weight of the fabric- it was definitely a new experience!…

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    Alter-it-August #2: Barbie, Mandy, and Me

    Its the second week of August and that means another #alteritaugust project on the books! (If you haven’t seen the first project, you can read about it here). Garment: Barbie graphic tee From: Cannot remember, probably secondhand, possibly RTW clearance rack?… Why I don’t wear it: I don’t mind the slightly over-sized fit, but the sleeves are hacked off so there was massive gaping at the armholes, and the neckline didn’t feel right. The Plan: I LOVED barbie dolls as a kid and the nostalgia factor is huge here! Really, she was my first introduction to fashion and design, from trying to glue together felt for tiny dresses to endless…

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    Alter-it-August #1: Jurrasic Measures

    I love when an Instagram challenge lines up with what is going on in my own sewing room and closet! When Mia from Sew North announced she was hosting #alteritaugust , I was all in. Go check out her blog for details! I have set a goal of 3 specific projects for the month of August, to alter and share. Lets begin! Garment: Modcloth sweater dress. From: Value Village (thrifted). Why I don’t wear it: It has been hanging in the closet (and survived 2 purges because of its great print and super soft feel). I will sheepishly admit I had no real plans to wear this. I don’t wear…