Another StyleArc Jasmine pair of pants: more pajamas for work

I have so many pieces cut out for so many projects … but instead I made myself another pair of Jasmine pants. Why? Because I love the first ones I made. Super comfortable. Wearable and works for work. Because also the first ones I made are red. I love red. Red is a good colour.Continue reading “Another StyleArc Jasmine pair of pants: more pajamas for work”

Jalie Stretch Jeans for Frances, Theoretically

So I mentioned a few posts back about how Frances now wants to be wearing jeans again, and if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen the picture of the jeans I started making, realized were the wrong size for her, and ripped apart. And here is part 2 of that saga. I’m hopingContinue reading “Jalie Stretch Jeans for Frances, Theoretically”

Oliver + S Nature Walk pants: pajamas for school

Ah, back to school. That time of year when a whole wardrobe full of comfortable, clean, cute clothes is discovered, in the course of the first two weeks of September, to be completely inappropriate and unwearable. “MOM! I have no shorts to wear today!” What are you talking about? I just did the laundry twoContinue reading “Oliver + S Nature Walk pants: pajamas for school”

Finally Finished: the Cross-Stitch Project

And it even took less than a year! I know it’s small. The thing is, cross-stitch takes forever. Every one of those stitches is an even little x (at least, as even as I can make it with my deteriorating eyesight; I need glasses and don’t yet have them), so each one takes several secondsContinue reading “Finally Finished: the Cross-Stitch Project”

Style Arc Jasmine Pants: pajamas for work

I almost–almost!–wore my Colette Jasmine shirt with the Style Arc Jasmine pants for the photos for this one. Just because it would tickle me to be head to toe Jasmine, plus the Jasmine shirt is pink and that would make for a fun colour combo (to me). But the shapes didn’t really work together, soContinue reading “Style Arc Jasmine Pants: pajamas for work”

StyleArc Emily Top

StyleArc has an excellent reputation for producing high-quality patterns with ┬áRTW details, and without the ease issues that can be found in the Big 4 (McCall, Butterick, Vogue and Simplicity). On recommendation from many internet sewing friends, I decided I wanted to try them for myself, even though the price tag (as they are shippedContinue reading “StyleArc Emily Top”

Vogue 8747: a fun blouse that fits

When I bought this Liberty lawn earlier this spring at my favourite local fabric store, I had in mind a Belcarra or Scout or some other kind of casual t-shirt. But the more I wore my lawn Jasmine, the more I realized: I am not a fan of pullover woven shirts. Nothing wrong with them.Continue reading “Vogue 8747: a fun blouse that fits”


When you sew, transitions means something a little different than buying light-weight long-sleeved tops and hoping you can wear them in November. (Keep in mind this is Canada. Even in southern Canada, it does get cold.) It means asking yourself when, in all practicality, you should stop sewing for the season you’re in and startContinue reading “Transitions”

Last Summer Hurrah: an instant-gratification Moneta that decided to be less instant and more educational

I did it. I went fabric shopping in Toronto. My god, what a budget-buster that is. (Digression: It’s not just that I’m undisciplined when it comes to fabric. In fabric stores close by I have no trouble walking away from things if I’m not sure or don’t have the time to sew it up soon.Continue reading “Last Summer Hurrah: an instant-gratification Moneta that decided to be less instant and more educational”