Salt and Pepper Dress : : Lara Sanner : : This Print on This Dress

Hey you. Me again. My dress today is the sole shirt dress that didn’t make it into the Sew Together for Summer Challenge. Strictly a time issue…I’ve got nothing but love for my Salt and Pepper Dress. It’s designed by Lara Sanner, a Spanish pattern maker who’s primary market is super cute children’s patterns. If I were to write this blog post with only one sentence….HA….it might be Lara, please draft more women’s patterns. Of course….it’s only in your dream world that my posts are articulated and succinct. The Salt and Pepper Dress has several variations. My dress is the line drawing bottom right, the shirt dress with floaty skirt. I’ve only made the sleeveless version to date, but there is an option for a cap sleeve that can be turned back on itself as an…

Greg Chinos : : La Maison Victor World Blog Tour 2017

Why Hai Everyone! I’m We’re back! Yep….that would indeed be my husband in front of the camera today. You don’t see him often, but special things are happening around the ‘ol blog today. I’m officially part of La Maison Victor’s English language magazine launch. La Maison Victor is a Belgian Sewing Magazine, popular in Belgium {obvs}, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and France.  They are currently rolling out their first English language issue in the UK, North America and Australia. To celebrate the English release, La Maison Victor has put together a blog tour featuring sewing bloggers from the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. I am delighted to be sharing the North American leg of the tour with Chloe from Button and Needle : : August 15, 2017, Anya from Anne Zoe : : August 17, 2017, Sara from The Sara Project :…

This Is Me Wearing What I Like : : Alyse Wide Leg Pants : : Designer Stitch

Hey You! This is the first of….hopefully…many pants posts….but boy I’m finding it difficult. I keep telling myself….‘I’m not asking you if these pants make my bum look big or my legs look short. I’m just here to share my experience making…and wearing…the Alyse Wide Leg Pants by Designer Stitch.’ But….well…I dunno. I’m feeling more than the usual out of my comfort zone. To explain…I think I need to dial this conversation back a few…okay, three….decades.  Back then, cameras had film and photos cost money….even the crappy photos. To have more than one Christmas on the same roll of film was standard. Young ‘uns….that’s just 24 pictures. I remember trying to differentiate the years…it was like those puzzles you find in magazines…Try and spot 8 differences between these two pictures. But…to get to my…

The Suki Robe : : A Helen’s Closet Pattern

Hello. Hello. I’m back with a new to me, new to the pattern market, make today. Yep. I was lucky enough to pattern test the hot off the press Suki Robe by Helen’s Closet. Okay…a very short back story. I’ve been on the hunt for a Haori inspired robe for a few years now….patiently, and sometimes not so patiently, searching thrift stores for a vintage robe that ticked all the boxes; fit, colour, fabrication. The reality was I found few….very few…robes at all. And. They never fit. And. The colours were always wrong. Honestly…I’m not sure why I didn’t think to sew a robe from the onset of my obsession other than that I was probably a little glued to the idea of vintage.  My shopping experience kept trying to tell me otherwise; ginormous sleeves…

I Fixed It and You Helped Me : : McCall Pattern M7314

I fixed it! And you helped me! Yes, ’tis true. Thanks so very much for your comments on my McCall Pattern M7314 post. Your suggestions and encouragement enabled me to resuscitate my pretty floral dress.   So….above…we see the original dress on the left and the updated dress on the right.  The waistline was sitting uncomfortably high, so much so that I wore the dress only once. I’ll fess up….the dress was a tosser. Too much trouble to try and fix, thought me. Plus, I only had a piece of fabric about the size of a dinner plate.  Louisa, of Damselfly’s Delights, {go there now and be inspired by hand spun, hand died, organic pretty much everything} pointed out that it was really just a crescent of fabric that would be needed to do the fix, but…

Wicked Cool : : My Charlie Caftan : : By Closet Case Patterns

I think I might be an adult now…. It’s like this; years ago…when I was quite certain I was a kid…summers meant ten glorious days at the YM/YWCA Camp Garibaldi. Oh the anticipation. Every year was different, yet in many ways the same. For sure there’d be new girls, a cabin change and a new counselor. But much of the staff remained unchanged for all the years I attended. It wasn’t a fancy camp, there were no uniforms, there were no horses…we were mostly just a motley crew of kids learning about diversity, and caring, and sharing. Permitting myself to lapse into eleven year old lingo…my very most favourite camp counselor was Margo. Her full name was Margo Gram and her name could be spelled forward and backward. I don’t think I need to…

Easy, Breezy, Summery : : My Kalle Shirt Dress : : Closet Case Patterns

A windy day and my Kalle Shirt Dress by Closet Case Patterns comes out to play. It’s a simple enough make that morphed into a project. A very fun project. I really enjoyed playing with the stripe placement, the hem shape and the garment length.  And? Well me likey. Me likey a lot.  I know…the end result is not ‘WHOA WOT, how did you do that?’…but still..I think that the attention to detail makes for a modern and pretty dress. Okay, fabric details up first. It’s 100% cotton shirting…crisp and cool…150cm wide and with the stripes running vertically through the yardage. I actually bought this late last summer…stash buster….with the intention of making a shirt dress just like Heather’s {Closet Case Patterns} Self Drafted Linen Shirt Dress. It was highly coveted by many, and thankfully…

Must Find Pink Bicycle Tires : : Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress

Well hiya peeps! Okay…we all know there’s gonna be goofy photos of me riding my bike. That’s pretty much a given. But. Before we get to that, please allow me to chat up my Vintage Shirt Dress by Sew Over It. Sadly, the photos aren’t really doing the dress justice…G and I give high props to wedding photographers everywhere ’cause taking pictures of a white dress is not easy. Should I fail in highlighting some of the prettiest details, fear not. The Vintage Shirt Dress is all over the net, and with good reason. We’re all in love with its simple yet classic silhouette. I discovered while surfing the net myself, that the most commonly recurring yellow flag about the Vintage Shirt Dress was the short bodice. Many bloggers report that the pattern’s waist sits above…

But Hey…It’s A Process : : McCall Pattern M7314

Hi you. I’d love to quickly breeze through this post…Pretty floral dress, pretty floral background…looky dat, not even an I to dot or a T to cross. Done. Finito. But I gotta tell ya. This dress isn’t really working for me and I feel the need to talk it out with you. I’m wearing McCall Pattern M7314. It’s a pullover shirt dress that offers multiple cup sizes and optional underlining instructions. I did a rough bodice muslin before cutting into my good fabric {purchased this year so not a stash buster}. The envelope description notes the bodice as fitted with a raised, gathered front and elasticized waist. Somehow…despite reading the description, reading other reviews…and um hello…making a muslin…I ended up with a bodice woefully too short. How did I even do that? Apparently I’m so…

Another Darling Ranges Dress and How I Did a Full Bust Adjustment

Darling Ranges Dress Full Bust Adjustment, FBA, Vancouver Sewing Blogger

Hallo you. Spring has finally sprung and, as promised, I’m back with a second Darling Ranges Dress and the deets on how I did a FBA {full bust adjustment}. This large scale floral fabric has been in my stash for three long years. I bought it when I was hunting down fabric for the 2014 Mad Men Dress Challenge. It wasn’t right for my Betty Draper Dress…but…I was smitten with the gorgeous colours and had to have it! It’s a linen-like cotton and I can honestly say I was not even a little bit cold when we took photos!  Okay, before I get to the nitty-gritty of the post, I want to give a quick shout out to Barbara of Lilliepawillie. Barbara has recently published a comprehensive post on pants patterns {or trousers for my UK friends}. HERE is…