MY QUILTED GINGHAM SKIRT : : VOGUE V2911

  Hey you! So very happy to see you again. I am still here. I had an unplanned {they’re never planned}, but not entirely unexpected, creative pause. I fought against it for a few weeks…making record use of my seam ripper in the process…before acknowledging the need to put sewing…and anything else involving the use of scissors…on a brief hiatus. Thinking back, it was serendipitous…I mean the timing was really just right for….well…setting not only my 2016 sewing goals, but all those other nifty new years intentions. The truth…keeping it real here..is that I pretty much couch crashed…reading, watching, hanging with friends…it was all deliciously decadent and completely non-productive. On a very positive note, one of those reads made a most favourable impression on me. Titled Creative Girl, and written by artist Danielle Donaldson;…

GINGER JEANS : : SEWAHOLIC DUNBAR TOP

    Hey you. Me. Again. Finally. It wasn’t my intention to be so long away from the keyboard, but my latest project nearly swallowed me whole. It all started with a thrift store find. Four way stretch fabric with a decidedly denim vibe. I knew exactly what I wanted to create…a yoga pants version of Closet Case Files Ginger Skinny Jeans. And apparently I didn’t want to create just one pair. Originally, I thought two….the first as a wearable muslin…the second with my treasured denim. But. After my first pair {the green ones}, the weather got chilly enough to warrant the cozy yellow pair. Still…my ankles were feeling fickle…I further tweaked my Ginger Jeans et voila…ankle length yoga pants with self fabric cuffs. My activewear is deliciously close to being lounge wear. After…

ANNE KLEIN JUMPSUIT : : VOGUE PATTERN 2671

            Hi you. Whew…this little project was a very long time in coming together. Way…waaaaay…back in early June, I participated in Gillian’s #sewingdares challenge. My unique dare was to sew something inspired by a childhood outfit. The wheels turned and I cranked out my Matchy Wear. It was a fun way for me to focus in on a project, and so…feeling brave…I asked readers for another dare. As it turned out, only my cousin Curtise* stepped up. She dared me to make a jumpsuit. Believe it or not, I couldn’t wait to get started…the reality that it’s taken 4 months to get to completion boggles me. I mean…I began plotting my Anne Klein jumpsuit pretty much the moment Curtise commented. I first made Vogue Pattern 2671 in 1981 for…

THE REFASHIONERS 2015

  Hallo, hallo everyone. Men readers. Lock down your closets. I’m becoming a bit of a happy scissorhands these days. Yep, this awesomely fun project opened up a creative door…actually, not so much opened a door, as took a whole wall down. There’s something about working within specific parameters that not only pushes me out of my comfort zone, but gets my creative juice flowing…at least most of the time. You’d think it would be the other way around….limitless choices equals endless possibilities, yes? But for me, the wide open option usually leads to overwhelm and a not so pretty creative melt down. The Refashioners 2015 – We Want You Too has been on my radar since mid July. The challenge? Refashion a Mens Button Down Shirt. Of course, in typical Sue form, I…