Vogue 8747: a fun blouse that fits

When I bought this Liberty lawn earlier this spring at my favourite local fabric store, I had in mind a Belcarra or Scout or some other kind of casual t-shirt. But the more I wore my lawn Jasmine, the more I realized: I am not a fan of pullover woven shirts. Nothing wrong with them.Continue reading “Vogue 8747: a fun blouse that fits”


When you sew, transitions means something a little different than buying light-weight long-sleeved tops and hoping you can wear them in November. (Keep in mind this is Canada. Even in southern Canada, it does get cold.) It means asking yourself when, in all practicality, you should stop sewing for the season you’re in and startContinue reading “Transitions”

Last Summer Hurrah: an instant-gratification Moneta that decided to be less instant and more educational

I did it. I went fabric shopping in Toronto. My god, what a budget-buster that is. (Digression: It’s not just that I’m undisciplined when it comes to fabric. In fabric stores close by I have no trouble walking away from things if I’m not sure or don’t have the time to sew it up soon.Continue reading “Last Summer Hurrah: an instant-gratification Moneta that decided to be less instant and more educational”

V2532: in which I inflict my unsightly legs on unsuspecting readers

“You don’t want big, tight, ropey muscles when you are in front of a camera,” says Grace Lazenby, who has taught Wright and a hose of other actresses in her Rockin Models class at Equinox in West Hollywood. … “You can love SoulCycle,” explains Lazenby. “But you can’t go to SoulCycle five times a weekContinue reading “V2532: in which I inflict my unsightly legs on unsuspecting readers”

V8997: New Favourite Dress Pattern that I almost broke

Just look at this little bit of gorgeousness. Wouldn’t you wear this if you could? You would. Unless you’re a boy, and maybe even then. It’s just fantastic, isn’t it? The bodice fit, the gored skirt with its lovely flares, the seam details on the front, the fact that it is adjustable for different cupContinue reading “V8997: New Favourite Dress Pattern that I almost broke”

it’s (practically) august!

So. I swore off fabric purchases until August. And we’ll just leave it there. … .. . OK. I bought fabric. But not very much. It might not have been a fast, but it was certainly a diet. I bought lightweight denim and blue viscose (not yet blogged) for shorts. On sale, 50% off. I’veContinue reading “it’s (practically) august!”

M6884–a dress for some seasons

So here we go–my first attempt at blog ridiculousness. I hope you enjoy it. It was a lot of fun to do. Jesus Murphy, just my luck that this was the first make during my experiment… Also, please note that this post assumes you are not squeamish about women’s underwear. Thank you for your understanding.Continue reading “M6884–a dress for some seasons”

i’ve had a double-think

My aesthetic experiment is going to be tweaked before it’s even begun, Dear Readers. Last night, while I was browsing fashion magazines at Chapters (and spent entirely too much money to bring them home), I realized that the aesthetics of sewing blogs doesn’t mimic fashion magazines. Not really. ~ Nor does it mimic self-portrait photography.Continue reading “i’ve had a double-think”

an experiment on the aesthetics of sewing blogs

This is long, so here’s a summary: I’m going to stop trying for pretty blog pictures, and start trying for interesting blog pictures. What do you think? I’m a forever-blogger. I’ve been blogging since the ancient days of Moveable Type. (You can form whatever opinion about me you’d like on the basis of that revelation.)Continue reading “an experiment on the aesthetics of sewing blogs”