Start Where You Live

Right now, your body exists in a physical space: your feet, your back, your legs, press against some surface. Your lungs fill and empty with oxygen we don’t share. Your fingers rest against a screen or on keys; you can hear a furnace, or an air conditioner, or people talking or laughing, or a busContinue reading “Start Where You Live”

Losing the Plot (and maybe finding it again)

Those of you who have met me in the last few years, particularly online, especially particularly through the blog, may not know that I used to write. A lot. As in, I started reading novels when I was five, and started writing them when I was seven. As in, I have an overflowing bankers boxContinue reading “Losing the Plot (and maybe finding it again)”

It Came from the Ends Bin: Jalie Basic Blog Tour

It’s a good thing people sit down when they read blogs, because, Dear Readers, this post is part of a blog tour. I know! But it’s a Jalie blog tour, and I’ve made a big deal before about how their sizing proves that it is possible to create a sizing system that is predictable andContinue reading “It Came from the Ends Bin: Jalie Basic Blog Tour”

To think that once upon a time, I thought I didn’t like yellow (Burda 8/18 Jacket #111)

I saw this brilliant yellow scuba-weight stretch faux suede in FabricLand, and petted it a lot and left it there. And then I saw this fantastic fun jacket in the August 2018 Burda issue. And then I determined that they were meant for each other, waited for the members sale, and bought enough of theContinue reading “To think that once upon a time, I thought I didn’t like yellow (Burda 8/18 Jacket #111)”

We were bound to get to fall sewing eventually: Burda 2/17 Coat #103

After the summer sewing orgy and my decision to try limiting myself to two new garments for me each month, I thought I’d start with something nice and complicated and time-consuming … like a trench coat. This pattern from Burda was nicely tailored and classic, and my favourite local fabric store was selling some beautifulContinue reading “We were bound to get to fall sewing eventually: Burda 2/17 Coat #103”

Selfless? Selfish? Self-agnostic? Sewing: Gift Bags for Xmas

In our house, there are two types of Christmas wrapping: presents from Santa, which come wrapped in paper with store bought tags, and presents from Mom, which comes in handmade fabric gift bags. When Frances was younger and sold on Santa, this was a great bit of holiday magic: *obviously* Santa was real, because otherwiseContinue reading “Selfless? Selfish? Self-agnostic? Sewing: Gift Bags for Xmas”

Banana Pants: Burda 4/16 Pants #106C

If only I’d sewn these up in July! I could have used them for the Smarty Pants challenge at Monthly Stitch. Alas, these were finished in June. They are pretty Bananas. I’m not sure about Smart. And I’m posting them in November. Oy. These are purple rayon palazzo pants. They’re totally ridiculous. I can’t justifyContinue reading “Banana Pants: Burda 4/16 Pants #106C”

All about the selvedge: B6100

I was so wrong. I have all kind of summer projects I haven’t posted yet. Dear lord. On the other hand, we now get to see green growing things here on the blog for a little longer, and there isn’t too much of that left in real life at the moment. ¬†Sigh. Anyway: This isContinue reading “All about the selvedge: B6100”

Burda 2/18 Shirt #120: Second Time’s the Charm

I tried making this in the early spring in a very cool polyester with one maroon side, and one peachy coral side. It was slinky and soft and fabulous and of course the shirt was a total flop. The neckband would not go on right. It twisted no matter how I attached it. And theContinue reading “Burda 2/18 Shirt #120: Second Time’s the Charm”

The Age of Angry Women

I’ve been keeping journals since elementary school, and they are, generally, what you would expect from journals: hard-back notebooks filled with lined pages covered in a not always legible scrawl of to do lists, New Year’s Resolutions, goals I had or things I wanted to try, quandaries I was trying to work through, and ofContinue reading “The Age of Angry Women”