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…

My Blue Kalle Shirtdress : : With Yoke Alteration : : Closet Case Patterns

Well hiya everyone. Last week’s speedy-ish post went okay. I did notice a couple of typos…one being that I wrote #2108MakeNine in my title…not sure where I’ll be in 90 years, but pretty sure it won’t be here. Although. If I hang around long enough to sew my stash… Speaking of titles, I made my very first Kalle Shirtdress a year ago and the post title was Easy, Breezy, Summery. And today’s Kalle? Also easy, breezy and summery. I love this silhouette right now…so much so that I’ve sewn the pattern twice in a matter of days. This dress is technically the second sew of the two, but I haven’t found the right buttons for the first. {translation…the buttons I just bought are not working}  When I blogged my shirt version last autumn, I mentioned…

Summer Sasha Trousers : : Jeanne T-shirt : : #2018 MakeNine

Hallo. Hallo. Popping in quickly…erm, we’ll see how wordy I end up being today; I may have to edit that statement…with another #2018MakeNine. Okay…for me summer is all about the dress. Breezy caftans, crisp shirt dresses, easy cotton t-shirt dresses. I love them all. That being said, there will always be a place in my summer wardrobe for pants. Does anybody else wear pants/trousers/capris in hot weather? I don’t wear them often…but I do like having the option of a summery pair of capris or cropped trousers. If I anticipate a super mobile day…maybe heavy on walking and stairs etc. Or my favourite, but not…a day taking public transit. I know. For a fact. My knee length dresses creep up the back of my thighs when I sit. When I see people wearing super…

Going Dotty for My Charlie Caftan : : Closet Case Patterns : : #2018MakeNine

Hiya everyone. I’m checking in today with one of my #2018MakeNine sewing makes. This is my sixth out of nine! In my original #2018MakeNine blog post, I had this fabric pegged for either a Charlie Caftan or a Penny Dress by Colette. Given that my first Charlie Caftan, blogged here, was my most worn summer item last year, the scales were tipped in favour of another easy, breezy, polka dotty caftan. And. Just for fun. I made some changes to the pattern. Ahem…actually…quite a few, but I’m sure this no longer surprises you. Okay….as you can see, I’ve made some tweaks to the bodice, most noticeably the inset (image top right). It’s not there. To be clear. I like the inset. I think it’s a lovely design feature. But! As I wrote in my post last year,…

My Highlands Wrap Dress : : An Allie Olson of IndieSew Pattern

Hallo, hallo. When asked to describe my personal style my usual answer is classic with a twist. My use of the word classic refers to the silhouettes I most often gravitate to…trousers, jeans, t-shirts, button up shirts, shirt dresses; garments whose design lines are easily recognizable, known and understood. And the twist? Why you know I love me a pop of colour, or an unexpected pattern combination. All well and good that…but…I cannot relegate my style choices to a single box. Nor would I ever want to. Experimenting with personal style….playing dress up…isn’t just fun.  I think it’s a path towards rediscovering personality traits that may have been intentionally downplayed at various points in our lives.  As my life experience grows, my sense of self strengthens.  It is important to me that my clothing supports…

My Jenny Overalls : : Closet Case Patterns : : Dressing For My Personality

Hey peeps. Back…as promised…and modelling my Jenny Overalls from  Closet Case Patterns. I patterned tested for Heather a few months ago, sewing two muslins in the process.  Unlike other testing I’ve done, I used inexpensive muslin fabric for my makes…because, well…that never ending debate about whether one should or should not wear overalls after the age of…I dunno….six?  To be clear,  I wanted to make the overalls. But…insert pensive expression here…I was just really unsure if I was going to be able to pull off the look. I’ve long said that I dress to suit my personality and…after some contemplation…I committed myself to making the overalls version.  Okay…full disclosure…it wasn’t just contemplation. I emailed style mavens Heather (Closet Case Patterns) Suzanne (Suzanne Carillo) and Melanie (Bag and a Beret) and asked their opinions. They…

My York Pinafore : : A Helen’s Closet Pattern

Well hiya guys. I’ve got a couple of blog posts either ready to roll or close to so let’s jump right in… Helen {that’d be Helen’s Closet} has released a new pattern…The York Pinafore. It’s fun. It’s easy. It’s playful. I got in early with this make as a pattern tester….and I’ve been wearing it frequently on the QT. It’s already become a warm weather favourite. No fuss. Cool. Nonrestrictive.  Wear it with a tee or a tank…even over your swimsuit. And that’s just spring/summer styling. I can totally see myself wearing the York with a turtleneck bodysuit and leggings in autumn. But…please….let’s not rush things…we’ve not yet arrived at summer here in lovely, green Vancouver. I pattern tested View A…large scooped patch pockets, deep neckline and knee length. View B is shorter, has a…

Oh Snap : : My Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges Dress : : But Not

Hiya  peeps. I’m back…with a hack. Actually, it’s not a hack at all. It’s just a different way of interpreting a pattern. Gaaaaah….I really can’t do this without giving you the back story… When this fabric showed up at Blackbird Fabrics, I was excited. It’s fun. It’s different. It’s something I’ve not seen in brick and mortar stores.  It’s a cable quilted jersey. I bought both blue and white colour ways. As of publishing there’s still white and black in stock.  After handling it I determined I wanted to make a long, slightly swingy sweater. The Blackwood Cardigan was a contender but ideally I wanted my cardigan to close with fasteners…more on that later. I searched my pattern stash. No luck. I trolled the Internet. Nada. I was getting frustrated…why couldn’t I find a long cardigan sweater similar…

Cleo Dungaree Dress| | A Tilly and the Buttons Pattern : : Rise Turtleneck | | A Papercut Pattern : : #2018MakeNine

Hallo. Hallo. Up today…the Cleo Dungaree Dress by Tilly and the Buttons and the Rise Turtleneck by Papercut Patterns…a brief chat about my #2018MakeNine progress…and some love for another Canadian online fabric store. In an effort to build a more wearable handmade wardrobe, I’ve been musing much. Which of my makes are getting  the most wear? Which ones are not getting any love? And…perhaps most important…why? What RTW garments are high in the rotation list? What is my ideal wearable wardrobe anyways? Wearable. Curated. Cohesive. I admit, it can feel like work…trying to figure it out. But. I want to do this. My current love it; buy it; sew it system feels flawed. I haven’t been following a method…no online programs or books…but #2018MakeNine has definitely been a positive first step.  The exercise of choosing nine things to sew….all…