The Perth Dress : : A Carolyn & Cassie Pattern Co New Release

Well hiya. Back again. And soon. Today, it’s all about my tester version of The Perth Dress by Carolyn & Cassie Pattern Co. Many of you already know Carolyn via her blog Handmade by Carolyn. This is Carolyn’s first pattern release. Her daughter Cassie was so enormously helpful with all things techie that they decided to make it a shared creative partnership. The Perth Dress gives a nod to menswear style with its traditional collar stand and generously shaped collar. If you love a good shirt dress, but dislike buttonholes, this is a make for you. The silhouette even has a traditional back yoke….Carolyn includes instructions for the burrito method of installation.  Like every good pattern drafter, Carolyn has included in-seam pockets in the dress version.  When I make my next Perth I will set…

Avery Leggings Take Two : : And a Chat About Online Fabric Shopping

Hey you! I’m back with my second pair of Avery Leggings. I made these about 15 minutes after I finished my first pair. The fabric…soft Bamboo Jersey Knit from Blackbird Fabrics. The colourway is Deep Ocean and you can buy it here.  This fabric has really strong recovery. I’ve had some issues with baggy knees when sewing my own tights and I’m pleased to report that despite the softness of this fabric, my leggings keep their shape beautifully. I made the same view as my Workout Leggings. I won’t get into construction details here as my previous post goes over all the deets. The Avery’s wide waistband isn’t a typical design feature in tights that are destined to be worn under tunics and dresses and I expected some seam-line show-through, but nope, nada. They have a very…

The Avery Leggings : : A Helen’s Closet Pattern : : And Some Olympic Love

Why hello Avery Leggings. Why hello 2018 Winter Olympics. Timely this…Helen’s Closet’s latest release and the world’s most watched sporting event. Okay, stating the obvious here….I am not an Olympic caliber athlete. By definition I’m not even an athlete.  ath*lete noun a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise. Physical exercise…sports…is, for me, hard work. Coordination, communication, commitment, strength, endurance, speed. All at the same time? And then there’s the competitive aspect…all of the above plus a drive to be, not just better, but best. I was in competitive gymnastics. Briefly.  It wasn’t quick enough that we acknowledged that I was not competitive by nature. While I may not have the abilities or resolve of an athlete, I do have the desire to move my body. Yoga, walking, and rebounding…

My #2018MakeNine Picks

I’ve been busy. ‘Making plans.’ She nods head sagely. You see I’ve decided to participate in #2018MakeNine. I mostly think I can do it. For the record, A Colourful Canvas documents things I’ve made, not things I want to make. There’s a reason for this. I rarely go in with a plan. And when I do, I sometimes feel more of an obligation to the task rather than an enthusiasm for the possibility. So. Unless I sew each of my nine makes in the next month, there is the distinct possibility this tidy little grid will self implode.  What I want to make today….or think I want to make today….may be quite a different story six months down the road. That being said, one of my current sewing goals is to build a more wearable…

Sasha Trousers 2.0 : : Nettie Bodysuit : : A Closet Case Patterns Two-Fer

Hiya peeps. Reporting in with the final post of 2017. Standing at my wall. With my shadow. I gotta tell ya….having my gray, squashy self on the scene has relieved some of my photo angst. This is my second test version of the Sasha Trousers by Closet Case Patterns. I found this tropical navy stretch cotton sateen at Fabricland…..summer stock on clearance.  Although the print clearly speaks summer, these pants have been in heavy rotation this fall/winter.  Comfort with a capital C….I often pair them with booties and a longish chunky knit pullover sweater. Today however, I nixed the pullover in order to better show the silhouette of the pants. Again. Me with fabric that makes for challenging detail shots. I’ll walk you through…left side, top and bottom pics…back welt pockets. I’ve said it…

My Sasha Trousers Debut and a Closet Case Patterns Hat-Trick

Why….hello, hello. Recently….while out for dinner…I noticed I was wearing Closet Case Patterns from tip to toe…and yes…I had me a bit of a fan-girl moment. Clearly, Heather’s design aesthetic resonates with me. Many of you are, no doubt, already familiar with Closet Case Patterns November pattern release….the Sasha Trousers. In her Meet Our Latest Pants Pattern blog post, Heather describes them as her desert island pants. Yes, those pants…the ones with a perfectly dreamy fit and a silhouette that works well in both casual and dressier fabrications. It’s no secret, I’ve been on a pants making tear these past months.  Cropped. Wide legged. High waisted. Stretch. Non stretch….I’ve been eagerly sewing them all. It was kismet really when the invite to pattern test the Sasha Trousers rolled in. This was a silhouette missing from…

Please Visit Me on the Sewcialists Blog for TNT Month

  Well hiya! It’s November and if you’re a Sewcialist, you know what that means. An entire month devoted to celebrating TNT patterns. Although you’ll find the party all over the Internet…hashtag #SewcialistsTNT…it’s on the Sewcialists blog where we can really connect. And…shameless self plugging here…today’s blog post is authored by none other than Me. So my sewing friends…please head on over to the Sewcialists blog to read my post Five Ways TNT Patterns Positively Impact Sewing Skills and Design Aesthetic. Thanks!  

Destined to be a Suki Robe : : a Helen’s Closet Pattern

Hiya peeps. A solid thank you for the comments on my last post. I often hold back when it comes to sharing….you know, those heavier emotions like uncertainty, overwhelm, worry.  It’s not just here on my blog….it’s real life too. And yes, I was tempted to leave that post in draft until I changed my thoughts, but who knew when that would be… Fortunately…a quick get ‘er done post was helpful. Also helpful… Wearing my hot pink Suki Robe. Pretty much the opposite of my first iteration here, amirite? I bought this fabric…same time, same store…as my soft, floral, Asian inspired fabric. At the rear of the store I could see several colourful sheeting fabrics displayed on the wall. I noticed them from, like, 50 yards away. I could not get this fuchsia one…

Me Wearing My Gaston Pants : : And Toaster Sweater : : Again

Nope…it isn’t groundhog day. I’m just popping in with a quick hello and a link to my previous post. This is solely for the benefit of my bloglovin’ followers…my account doesn’t seem to be working properly; my previous post didn’t show up in the feed.  Kind of ironic given the subject matter, amirite? Okay….’nuf said. If you missed my post, please read it here: Me Wearing My Gaston Pants : : And Toaster Sweater Fingers crossed this makes it to the feed… PS….If this were an OOTD blog…this would totally be keeping it real, LOL.  

Me Wearing My Gaston Pants : : And Toaster Sweater

People! Where to begin? How to begin? It’s not that I haven’t been sewing. I have. I really have. In fact I have so many makes completed that the thought of blogging about any of them leaves me feeling completely overwhelmed. This is not reasonable, I know. But. Maybe….maybe if I just picked up the phone and said hello…. ‘Why hey hi. It’s me, Sue. I’ve been sewing. A lot. I want to show you all my makes and I want to chat with you. I know, I know…I haven’t blogged in a while. You see, my secondary type four {DYT} wants things documented in date order of make with a coherent and detailed discussion about each item….this is, after all, the way it’s always been done. The problem is…well I’m not exactly sure what the…