restraint (in theory)

I may have mentioned on occasion that sewing, despite rumours to the contrary, is not a cost-effective way of building one’s wardrobe. It can be moderately cost-effective, if undertaken with great care. To take as an example one of Frances’s new t-shirts: Fabric: Rayon knit at $8/m for 1 metre Thread: Need to buy aContinue reading “restraint (in theory)”

Me-Made May 2014 Last Thoughts

I did it. I wore something I made myself every day. OK, often it was pajamas. But I don’t care. That counts. And I figured out a few things about my me-made wearables that made the month more worthwhile. Like while I have enough handmade work clothing to get me through a workweek with aContinue reading “Me-Made May 2014 Last Thoughts”

the silk-linen dress of doom

The Creativ[E!] Festival in 2013 was the first time I bought serious garment fabrics. Oh sure, I was a regular at Fabricland (I have a two-year membership, after all) and enjoyed pawing through the mountains of poly to find the occasional linen or wool. I’d go hunting for cute prints on Queen West and inContinue reading “the silk-linen dress of doom”

Fixed, then partially Unfixed

You remember that lovely crochet sweater with the Very Interesting Neckline? Yeah, that one. Fortunately, my bright idea of adding a half-motif to the front and back to raise the neckline and strengthen the collar worked. Unfortunately, the thought that blocking might make it shrink a bit did not. Now, blocking did make the motifsContinue reading “Fixed, then partially Unfixed”

Me-Made May 2014, Week 1

Day 1 Subtitled: I was just running some errands and thought I’d stop off in the backyard to admire the non-greenery in the freezing cold while wearing a bunch of stuff I made myself. Everything you can see in this picture, I made. Pants (V1266, fabric a light italian wool), shirt (Colette Jasmine, Liberty lawnContinue reading “Me-Made May 2014, Week 1”