a bit about sewing, a bit about not-sewing

This week we got the news officially: those of us working from home will continue to work from until at least January 2021. Which includes me. Which means, at a minimum, I will have no need for tailored work clothes until at least late winter. I’m also not social dancing. Some classes have started upContinue reading “a bit about sewing, a bit about not-sewing”

#SolidarityChic, plus #SewcialDistancing

Dear Readers, here is the Prime Minister of Canada during a recent physically distanced question period: Please take note, if you will, of our fearless leader’s very noticeable lack of a recent haircut. You’ve already noticed the lack of recent haircut. Maybe you read an article on his lack of recent haircut. Maybe you sawContinue reading “#SolidarityChic, plus #SewcialDistancing”

#SlowFashion2020: Create Your Own Sustainable Challenge — Frivolous At Last

Now here’s a sewing challenge I can get behind completely. But as someone who already almost never buys clothes, it was challenging to think of a pledge to make! Here’s what I’ll be working with: 1. I’m going to work on appreciating beautiful fabrics with my eyes instead of my wallet: just because it’s gorgeousContinue reading “#SlowFashion2020: Create Your Own Sustainable Challenge — Frivolous At Last”

A cozy travelling duo: Simplicity 5271 and Butterick 5934

I know, another sewing post! Don’t faint. Today we have a double post: pajamas and a duffel bag. (Both of which were made for a trip, although both were needed too. The pajamas because I haven’t had a proper pair of new winter pjs for decades; and the duffel bag because the last one IContinue reading “A cozy travelling duo: Simplicity 5271 and Butterick 5934”

Burda 10/2018 Pants #114: Every work wardrobe needs a pair of bright pink pants

Holy cow, a sewing post! I have been sewing–slowly–but not many new patterns, and I’m not someone who likes to review patterns I’ve already reviewed unless I did something substantially different. And there’s not a whole lot of gaps in my wardrobe to fill right now, so not much need to sew. One thing IContinue reading “Burda 10/2018 Pants #114: Every work wardrobe needs a pair of bright pink pants”

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”

A Rainbow of Renfrews

I keep promising to post about my Renfrew hacks, and I keep finding other things to post about, but no longer! Today is the day I finally write about the approximately twenty I’ve made over the years, fifteen of which I still have (the others long since having worn out and joined the Great ScrapContinue reading “A Rainbow of Renfrews”

It Came from the Ends Bin: Jalie Basic Blog Tour

It’s a good thing people sit down when they read blogs, because, Dear Readers, this post is part of a blog tour. I know! But it’s a Jalie blog tour, and I’ve made a big deal before about how their sizing proves that it is possible to create a sizing system that is predictable andContinue reading “It Came from the Ends Bin: Jalie Basic Blog Tour”

To think that once upon a time, I thought I didn’t like yellow (Burda 8/18 Jacket #111)

I saw this brilliant yellow scuba-weight stretch faux suede in FabricLand, and petted it a lot and left it there. And then I saw this fantastic fun jacket in the August 2018 Burda issue. And then I determined that they were meant for each other, waited for the members sale, and bought enough of theContinue reading “To think that once upon a time, I thought I didn’t like yellow (Burda 8/18 Jacket #111)”