Burda 4/2016 Dress 119: Pink Avalanche #2

I started this dress in the fall of 2016, and then it spent a year getting wrinkled while sitting on my ironing table. I was petrified of wrecking the fabric by pressing the seams wrong. The combination of synthetic velvet plus lurex made me visualize melted goldish-pink gluck on my ironing board, and I couldn’tContinue reading “Burda 4/2016 Dress 119: Pink Avalanche #2”

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”

Santa Sewing

Santa Sewing being the presents you sew up to give people over the holidays, or to make for special holiday occasions. And there was a pile in December, mostly for Frances, who is not super keen on modelling so this will mostly be pictures of garments on hangers. The excitement of figuring out how toContinue reading “Santa Sewing”

Blazer-y: McCalls 6996

My office(/cubicle) is weird. I’m either sitting there sweltering in short sleeves (or worse, long sleeves) or freezing my butt off. A colleague of mine actually bought herself an enormous work shawl for the freezing days so she can be swaddled as she types. I supposed I’ve just described most offices throughout history. So “weird”Continue reading “Blazer-y: McCalls 6996”

Burda 10/2017 Top #119

I’ve been making a ton of t-shirts this fall, but don’t plan to post about most of them. They’re largely FBA experiments based on a Renfrew I altered to fit me, with darts rotated into gathers at the shoulder, neckline, or centre front. Mostly I got bored of basic t-shirts and could never find theContinue reading “Burda 10/2017 Top #119”

Sewing Pants in Spanish Part I: Patrones 370 Pants #3

The saddest thing about this whole post, Dear Readers, is that I finished these pants weeks ago and have been wearing them regularly but have not had a spare moment to take a picture of them. I had the best intentions this past weekend to find an hour on Saturday afternoon–and then what with holidayContinue reading “Sewing Pants in Spanish Part I: Patrones 370 Pants #3”

Frances’s Fancy Pants

Making pants for Frances that fit is one of the reasons I got into sewing clothes. It’s also one of the most challenging projects I’ve ever worked on. I’ve tried so many patterns and so many alterations, and most of them, Frances couldn’t wear. They were too tight here or too loose there or tooContinue reading “Frances’s Fancy Pants”

I Keep Doing This To Myself: Copying a Bottega Veneta Shirt Dress with McCalls 7351

Once again, I saw a yellow dress that I wanted to have and knew I wouldn’t be able to buy–this time because it retails for $7,260 USD. HAHAHAHAHA. (Ahem.) But it is stunning. And I know I’m not the only one because I’ve seen it in several spreads in September fashion magazines. As well asContinue reading “I Keep Doing This To Myself: Copying a Bottega Veneta Shirt Dress with McCalls 7351”

M7160 Take 2: Plum(b) Perfect

This is another repeat dress inspired by a fabric purchase; this time a dress-weight poly knit with a gorgeous floral print that I made up into a heavily modified M7160, first made up earlier this year in a blue rayon knit. Alterations: 1. Shortened the bodice by 1″ all around. The weight of the skirtContinue reading “M7160 Take 2: Plum(b) Perfect”