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”

Embroidery on Clothes for Bec: Collars

(I’ll be posting a project shortly with an embroidered collar, and rather than clutter that post with a lot of background information on embroidered collars, here is an info-dump to be read in conjunction.) A nicely-embroidered collar can be a fun and fairly easy way to work some embroidery into a clothing project, taking aContinue reading “Embroidery on Clothes for Bec: Collars”

I Shall Forget You Presently, My Dear: Cambie/2

One more Edna St. Vincent Millay. Then I promise I’m all done with her for a little while. So it’s been a busy summer, in the best possible ways. Lots of dancing, bunch of concerts, lots of time with friends old and new, and a good smattering of dating. Plus, of course, sewing. Not necessarilyContinue reading “I Shall Forget You Presently, My Dear: Cambie/2”

An actually work-appropriate skirt: Burda 07/2017 Skirt #113

I loved this skirt when I saw it in Burda: But of course I couldn’t make it black and white. Friends would probably worry about my health if they saw me in clothes without colour. So instead:   Where the white was replaced with a large-scale multi-colour floral on a black background. Both are cottonContinue reading “An actually work-appropriate skirt: Burda 07/2017 Skirt #113”

Sewing in Spanish: Patrones 370 Skirt 19

The extent of my Spanish is the very small amount that penetrated through the two-foot-thick barriers I erected around my skull when Frances watched Dora as a small child. Which is to say: not much, and nothing specific to sewing. I’m also not generally a fan of midi skirts or hi-low hems. But here weContinue reading “Sewing in Spanish: Patrones 370 Skirt 19”

Hieroglyphic Sewing: Knipmode April 2017 Top 2

I’ve heard of Patrones, Knipmode & La Mia Boutique from sewing bloggers and on forums, but have never bothered to buy them before. In part because it’s a bother: none of them are available on news stands in Canada, so it involves some hunting, online ordering & exchange rates in order to procure them. AndContinue reading “Hieroglyphic Sewing: Knipmode April 2017 Top 2”

Burda 5/2017 Blouse 109: Flounce Forever

It’s the Year of the Flounce (as well as the Year of the Sleeve) and I’m just going with it.   Blouse with a tie, raglan cap sleeves, and a cut-on flounce, which means the fabric needs to be drapey, light and double-sided. There are no closures, so the waist needs to be large enoughContinue reading “Burda 5/2017 Blouse 109: Flounce Forever”

Vogue 1353/2: An Abbreviated Version

Somehow or other this beautiful linen jumped into my shopping bag when I went fabric shopping with a friend. It was insistent on being turned into a big skirt, but all of my skirt patterns–even the pleated ones–have curved hems. A curved hem would not have looked right with this lovely poppy print, so IContinue reading “Vogue 1353/2: An Abbreviated Version”

Burda 01/2017 skirt #114: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try, try, t

This skirt tested my fitting abilities to the limit. Such a pretty pattern– –and so many opportunities for the fit to go disastrously wrong, most of which I found on version #1. So: Version 1 To tweak the fit with something low-risk, I made the shorter variation out of some leftover wool. And promptly discoveredContinue reading “Burda 01/2017 skirt #114: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try, try, t”