Democracy is a Learned Skill

We’re getting close to a federal election here in Canada (election season here only lasts for a couple of months, so we’ll be all done by the end of October, American friends–whereas you’re already in the thick of it and still have a year to go, which is just mind-boggling to me). It’s the perfectContinue reading “Democracy is a Learned Skill”

MeMadeMay 2019 Recap, Holy Cow

I did it. Thirty-one days of me-mades, no repeat outfits. The hardest part was that Frances had uptillion doctor’s visits (more on that in another post), and on those days I worked from home, and I just don’t have as many homemade casual clothes as I do clothes for work. But I still did it!Continue reading “MeMadeMay 2019 Recap, Holy Cow”

OMG, it’s Me Made May! Again.

It seems like it’s Me Made May all the time–like, at least once a year. Holy cow. Regardless, here we go again! A month to celebrate making and wearing clothes, and then, in June, a few days to celebrate not having to talk about or taking pictures of ourselves making and wearing clothes. It’s theContinue reading “OMG, it’s Me Made May! Again.”

A Rainbow of Renfrews

I keep promising to post about my Renfrew hacks, and I keep finding other things to post about, but no longer! Today is the day I finally write about the approximately twenty I’ve made over the years, fifteen of which I still have (the others long since having worn out and joined the Great ScrapContinue reading “A Rainbow of Renfrews”

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”