#SolidarityChic, plus #SewcialDistancing

Dear Readers, here is the Prime Minister of Canada during a recent physically distanced question period: Please take note, if you will, of our fearless leader’s very noticeable lack of a recent haircut. You’ve already noticed the lack of recent haircut. Maybe you read an article on his lack of recent haircut. Maybe you sawContinue reading “#SolidarityChic, plus #SewcialDistancing”

A cozy travelling duo: Simplicity 5271 and Butterick 5934

I know, another sewing post! Don’t faint. Today we have a double post: pajamas and a duffel bag. (Both of which were made for a trip, although both were needed too. The pajamas because I haven’t had a proper pair of new winter pjs for decades; and the duffel bag because the last one IContinue reading “A cozy travelling duo: Simplicity 5271 and Butterick 5934”

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”

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”

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”

Pink Avalanche #1: B6489: Velour Top

The velour was bought to make a dress. But–well–how many pink velvet/velour dresses does one person need? (They haven’t been blogged yet, but I’d just finished two pink velvet/velour dresses. So this would have been #3.) And the velour is so thick, so plush, and so soft, that I very selfishly did not want toContinue reading “Pink Avalanche #1: B6489: Velour Top”

How to Sew Something that Fits: AKA, Why I Always Include Those Sizing Notes Now

Putting the Conclusion at the Beginning Everyone who sews knows there are big sizing inconsistencies with the Big 4 pattern companies, and that these companies have no intention of admitting to, let alone fixing, those problems. So let’s help each other out. I’ve written a novel here about how unpredictable Big 4 sizing is, andContinue reading “How to Sew Something that Fits: AKA, Why I Always Include Those Sizing Notes Now”

Butterick 6333 and McCall 7351: Fabric adventures + embroidery adventures + frankenpattern adventures = The Most Complicated Shirtdress in History (don’t quote me on that)

Fabric Adventure All the way back in March I bought some fabric from my favourite women-owned local fabric store to celebrate International Women’s Day. (I also wrote emails and made a phonecall–it wasn’t all shopping.) A Nani Iro double gauze: this one They had under two metres left and I took it all. Me: DoContinue reading “Butterick 6333 and McCall 7351: Fabric adventures + embroidery adventures + frankenpattern adventures = The Most Complicated Shirtdress in History (don’t quote me on that)”

B6206: Dancing Dress #2

It went like this: I wanted to make another V1353 out of this spectacular linen. I wanted to sew it on the cross grain so that the stripes would run horizontally along the pleated skirt. I was 20cm short of enough fabric to lay out the skirt pieces in that direction. I hmmmed. I hawwed.Continue reading “B6206: Dancing Dress #2”

My Me-Made Voyage of Self-Discovery, including a Final Recap

Dear Readers, far be it from me to pass up any opportunity for self-exploration. There is so much about myself I don’t yet know! And sure there is an entire world of books, movies, songs, science, hiking trails, locations, cities, cultures, languages, and nearly seven billion people I also don’t yet know, but I’m sureContinue reading “My Me-Made Voyage of Self-Discovery, including a Final Recap”