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”

Insulin Pumps & Social Dancing: M6173 etc.

This may be of interest to three people, all of whom know the answer already, but just in case: as a T1 diabetic with an insulin pump who likes to go out dancing in dresses without pump-friendly pockets, What To Do With The Pump is a real question. Actually, What To Do With The PumpContinue reading “Insulin Pumps & Social Dancing: M6173 etc.”

McCalls 6886: Behind-the-times edition

  Everyone else who has ever sewed a dress has already made up this pattern. And it’s easy to see why, seeing as the sleeveless version is two pieces, no darts. It doesn’t get much simpler. This fabric is a thick poly jersey (not quite scuba-weight, but much heavier than usual) with a very largeContinue reading “McCalls 6886: Behind-the-times edition”

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”

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”

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”

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)”