POP JACKET : : HIP KNIT SHOP : : I KNIT A THING!

Why, hallo you. Today I’m switching gears to chat knitting. But don’t worry…I am still sewing. That said, with 2020 being the shaky year that it is {an understatement if ever there was one} I’ve found myself drawn to some pandemic pastimes.  Not everything I’ve tried has stuck…gluten-free sourdough starter, I’m looking at you. Sure, it was fun at first. But twice daily feeding and continual checking of the nest for optimal temperature…for a pet that can’t be pet? What was I thinking? What else? I’ve cut my own hair. Once. I’m on the fence on this one…my stylist will be working from home at some point in the future, but home is literally hours away. Contemplating the logistics of long distance travel that includes a ferry trip stresses me somewhat, but I really…

Blanca Flight Suit : : Closet Case Patterns

Hallo. Hallo. I couldn’t mention it in my last post…what with pattern testing being top secret and all…but the Blanca Flight Suit was foremost in my mind when I bought this railroad striped fabric from Blackbird Fabrics.  Yep…mechanics coverall meets street wear perfection was where my head was at. True, my Jenny Overalls are a dream come true…but…my coveralls dream came true first. I had just received the invite to pattern test and….gah, the timing…sweet but almost impossibly tight. I put in an SOS to BF and pleaded for my order to be expedited if at all possible. Laura and the birdies graciously accommodated me…whew…I buzzed into the city for my order and was able to complete my assignment in the allotted time.  Not long after, Canada and the rest of the world pretty much…

Railroad Striped Denim : : Jenny Overalls Inspired by Vintage Levi Overalls : : Closet Case Patterns

Hiya every buddy. It feels as though I’ve been yearning for vintage overalls for evah. I’ve found a few pairs while out thrift shopping…but they didn’t fit well and overalls are not a garment that is easily altered. Hankering in mind, I squeaked out loud when a photo of this 10oz railroad striped denim showed up in an email from Blackbird Fabrics. Even though I had sworn off sewing denim ever again…my machine does not love sewing heavy fabrics and I’m actually pretty lucky at finding jeans at my local thrift stores…I fell hard for this fabric. But overalls…finding overalls that fit is like finding a unicorn,  so I put aside my fears and hit buy.  My project started over on Pinterest. I saved as many photos of vintage overalls as I could and…

Insulated Kelly Anorak : : Detachable Hood Details : : Closet Case Patterns

Hiya every buddy. You may be missing half of my story. If you are visiting via an email notification or from Bloglovin’, you may have missed my Insulated Kelly Anorak : : Sew Your Wardrobe Basics : : Closet Case Patterns post. I published two posts on March 18 and a single notification…linking here to my hood tutorial…was delivered to some subscribers. Oops…my bad. Please click here to see all the details on my Insulated Kelly Anorak. Detachable Zippered Hood I really like the detachable hood option found on many ready-to-wear jackets. I’ve seen versions with snaps, buttons, velcro and…my personal favourite….zippers! I’ve outlined below how I made mine. Beginning with the collar: Cut collar facing as per pattern. Trace a copy of the collar pattern piece. Draw a vertical line approximately 6 1/2″…

Insulated Kelly Anorak : : March Sew Your Wardrobe Basics : : Closet Case Patterns

Hallo. Hallo. Friends, before jumping into today’s blog, I want to give you a heads up that this is an everyday kinda post…in other words, my usual rambling chat with goofy photos. I know. It’s not an everyday kind of world right now…and I’m not without anxiety. But…for me…sewing, and blogging, and staying connected with the sewing community is both a comfort and a distraction. So, without further adieu…on today’s menu…virtual hugs with a side of sewing chat… Even though it’s officially spring in a couple of days, today’s blog post is about my recently completed warm and toasty Kelly Anorak. I’m sharing all the details…perhaps too much information…but I need to do this. For myself. This make taught me a ton of new stuff and having the information documented might come in handy…

My York Pinafore Wrap Hack : : January Sew Your Wardrobe Basics : : You Can Hack It

  Hiya readers. So a thing happened. Last September/October-ish I lost my sewjo. Not just my sewjo…I had nojo….there was no sewing, blogging, writing, or painting happening round here. Creative blocks happen…and I actually think I had a good long streak of making before hitting the wall. But hit the wall I did. During my down time, I did other things. I took care of my beloved senior kitty until he crossed to the light. (Yes, I am very sad about that.) I organized drawers. I cleaned. I played my harp. And I read books. A lot of books. Two of those books got me deep thinking about my making and the negative effect it might have on the environment.  Elizabeth L. Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion and…

#2019 Make Nine : : I Am Libellule Coat : : I Am Patterns

  Hallo you. And hallo October. I like autumn. I have it ranked at a respectable No 2. I like the crisp air and the brilliant foliage. Ermmm…I also love the food. Pumpkin, chard, squash, apples, grapes, pears….all of ’em.  Another big plus about this season is that, for me, it’s prime me-made coat season.  I prefer sewing/wearing light to medium weight fabrications….my me-made coats are never super insulating. They’re cozy, but not usually cozy enough for winter cold. Which brings me to my current make, my Libellule Coat. This is my first time sewing an I Am Patterns pattern. It can be sewn either as a dress, top, jacket or coat. I was drawn to the pattern because I was specifically looking for a coat pattern that would work well with this bold…

I’m Guest Blogging at Helen’s Closet : : Ashton Dress Hack

Hallo. Hallo. Many of you know that it’s Ashton August both in the blogosphere and on Instagram. For those that may be unfamiliar, it’s a month long Ashton Top Pattern inspiration party. Hacks, tweaks, tips…it’s almost daily that Helen’s Closet has something to share.  Throughout this week the Helen’s Closet Blog is featuring guest bloggers sharing their Ashton Top hacks. And…you guessed it…I’m a party participant, sharing the details on how I execute my Ashton Dress Hacks   The basic dress hack, exaggerated silhouette, full lining…it’s all there accompanied by Helen’s clear illustrations. My post went live yesterday…the link is here.

Cielo Dress : : Rome Collection : : Closet Case Patterns

Hello and buon giorno. Perché l’taliano? Well…because that’ll be me wearing my new Cielo Dress. It’s one of a trio of patterns in the newly released Rome Collection by Closet Case Patterns. The mini capsule features Cielo, a top and dress pattern; Fiore, a skirt pattern; and Pietra, a pants and shorts pattern. Unlike their usual naming tradition, Heather and her team turned to the ever beautiful Italian language for words that were evocative of their newest designs. Heather’s inspiration for her Rome Collection was the Eternal City herself. And I GET IT. I too find the city to be enormously inspiring. The name Cielo (which fyi is Italian for sky) resonates with me…I remember being quite smitten with Rome’s sky. Ah Roma….it’s a good thing this pattern is rated as beginner friendly…because seriously…I…