1, 2, 3 Testing : : The Ashton Top : : A Helen’s Closet Pattern

Hey Every buddy. This could be a technically challenging post. My WordPress updated to a newer, supposedly better, version of its former self and as a result I have some new tricks to learn. I remember years ago, starting the blog, and feeling all fired up to learn me some mad computer skillz. While I’m not completely grumpy about the updates…I admit…I did grumble under my breath about ‘Why do things that were working perfectly fine have to change (blah, blah, blah).’ And….ermmmm…my grumble turned out to be loud enough for my techie husband to not only hear me, but incited him to stand up for all the wizards that make it possible for me to have a blog at all. And he’s right…this ability to blog and share is magic and I really…

My York-Hudson Jumpsuit : : You Can Hack It : : Sew Together For Summer

Why hallo, hallo.  It wasn’t my intention to post three DIY hacks, let alone three York Pinafore DIY hacks, in a row…but…it is what it is. I really like this pattern and it’s very hackable.  I find myself approaching my blog a little differently these days. Like some other sewing bloggers, I’ve been feeling less inclined to blog all my makes. I do, however, still like to look at earlier posts to refresh my memory….checking the fit of a garment, reminders about tweaks I’ve made to patterns…that kind of thing. I find a neatly documented blog post much, much, easier to follow than my scribbled notes on pattern pieces. So for now, I am continuing to document at least some of my makes, albeit with more of an emphasis on details than in previous…

York Pinafore 2.0 : : Helen’s Closet : : Part II: V Neck And Full Lining Hack

Well, hello again! As promised, I’m back with Part II of my York Pinafore 2.0 saga. Today I’m demonstrating how I changed the neckline from a scoop  to a V  and also how I added a full lining. But quickly, before we get started: The York Pinafore is rated for beginners but I would classify the lining method I’m demonstrating as an intermediate skill level. That being said, I’ve provided photos for every step and I’ve tried very hard to be clear and concise with my accompanying dialogue. Hey, you may want to give it a go regardless of your skill level. (Your feedback in the comments section will help me to improve the instructions and may also help others that are considering lining their York Pinafores.) A caution….If your main fabric is heavy/bulky,…

York Pinafore 2.0 : : Helen’s Closet : : Part I: An Unconventional Full Bust Adjustment

  Hallo. Hallo. This post….{and the one following tomorrow}…has been a long time coming. With that said, I am happy to introduce my York Pinafore 2.0….a garment that I’ve worn frequently since sewing it last autumn. Yeppers…it passed the test of time. A lot of time. So. Who remembers my first York Pinafore, seen above, and blogged here?  Oh my goodness…I wanted to like that garment so much….but…..no matter what top I wore with it, there was…keeping it real my friends…way too much side-boob. Not a surprise really…the included FBA instructions didn’t work well for me and I ended up fitting the pattern based on my upper bust measurement, not my full bust measurement. And for someone that routinely does a 2″ FBA…well…you see the results. After some thought I came up with a solution…

My #2019MakeNine Picks : : And Cyber Space Can Be a Scary Place

Hi ya…today I’m documenting my #2019makenine sewing goals. But first… Notice of a blog publishing/delivery change and why. Last year there was a wee bit of drama chez A Colourful Canvas. My blog was scraped in its entirety.  What does that mean and what does that look like? Well..imagine my blog just as you see it now, but at a different web address with a different blog name and…wot…a different name under my photo. It was all a bit creepy weird in the usual ways.  It felt like theft. It felt all kinds of wrong. Adding to my frustration was seeing this bogus website rank super high in search engines, effectively eclipsing my own little blog. This kind of trolling happens. A lot. I suspect the goal is to hi-jack sites that have some…

#2018 Make Nine : : From To-Do List To Ta-Da List

Happy New Year Every Buddy! 2018 may be done and dusted but we’re turning back the clock Chez A Colourful Canvas. But. Quickly. Before we slip back in time…I want to draw attention to the new font on my blog. I’m embarrassed to admit this, but it was only just this week…duh…that I discovered I have access to all the Google fonts. All the fonts you guys! I’ve had this theme for over two years and the one thing I wasn’t completely happy with was the font. It wasn’t terrible before….okay, maybe it was terrible for some of us. My goal is simple…dialogue that is easy to read. Okay…PSA over and out. Let’s get on to the fun stuff…my #2018makenine review. Last year was my first time participating in a #makenine challenge and….woot…it was…

Summer’s Last Hurrah : : Striped Kalle Shirtdress : : Juniper Cardigan

Hallo. Hallo. Just throwing together a last minute blog post with decidedly summer related content. Summer’s last hurrah. There was some debate between myself and I. Share another cute, but borderline seasonally inappropriate Kalle Shirt Dress? Or…bid a silent adieu to summer and plunge right into autumn/winter makes? If it were 1969, there’d be no question. I was always…always…beyond excited to wear my new winter clothes. Those first days of school? September temps might have reached upwards of eighty degrees, but I was all about wearing the new clothes. Time. Age. Dare I say wisdom. I now find myself reluctant to let go of summer. With having a past, it’s as though I can see into the future…the shorter days, the longer nights, the rain and snow and cold.  I love all four seasons,…

Sewcialists Sew Style Hero : : PS, I Drafted My Dress Pattern

Hallo. Hallo. August has been anything but lazy chez A Colourful Canvas. It’s been weekend getaways, beach days, and eating all the ice cream days {which in my case is So Delicious Coconut Almond Bars}. And, as if that hasn’t been enough, there’s been not one but two sewing community socials buzzing along this month as well. The Sewcialists Sew Style Hero Month (previously Tribute Month) can be found on Instagram @sewcialists  and hashtag #sewstylehero as well as on their newly revamped blog, www.thesewcialists.com. The parameters are generous….share a make inspired by a style hero. Yep…it’s just that easy. Braugust has also caught my attention this year. Organized by @tailormadeshop, it’s an IG exclusive…each day has a themed prompt…all things lingerie and swimwear related. The hashtag is #braugust2018. Sigh…so much pretty. I managed to sew…

Charlie Caftan : : View A Maxified : : Closet Case Patterns

And. Cue music.* Hawaiian ukele music that is. Aloha. Clearly. I am not in Maui. But my Maui Charlie Caftan has me feeling otherwise. My make today is the Charlie Caftan View A which is described as modern and architectural with striking pleats beneath the bust. This caftan was inspired by a comment on my recent Charlie Caftan View B here. My friend Greetje, of No Fear of Fashion complimented me sincerely and additionally said that she would hardly call it a caftan anymore…it was an easy, breezy summer dress. Greetje, of course, is absolutely correct. I did indeed tweak my caftan to the tipping point…it’s a lovely little dotty dress, no longer a caftan. Her comment got me musing…How true to a traditional caftan silhouette am I willing/wanting to go? wondered me. It was time for some homework and…

Mystery Blogger Tour

Hallo hallo people. Gosh. I can’t remember when I last wrote a bloggy award post. It’s been more than a hot minute, that’s for sure. The Mystery Blogger Tour has been weaving it’s way through the sewing community over the past few months and I’ve been quite enjoying learning more about my favourite bloggers. When the lovely Coco from Coco’s Loft nominated me to participate, I was 100% in. Here’s the award description: “Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious post. Their blog not only captivates, it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.” Created by: Okoto Enigma Eep….high…