Not Pink! Burda 11/17 Top #109 in Turquoise

It’s not that everything I’ve made since the beginning of December is pink. It’s just that everything I’ve made which isn’t a repeat pattern since the beginning of December is pink. (There’s a pair of chocolate brown Style Arc Katherine pants, and a bright yellow version of this Burda shirt, for example.) Except for thisContinue reading “Not Pink! Burda 11/17 Top #109 in Turquoise”

Burda 1/18 Leggings #107: February Floral

I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned it here, but I take bellydance classes. This has led to any number of awkward and cringe-inducing conversations with men on dates, but despite their belief that the only reason for a woman to take bellydance lessons is to learn to seduce men with all that sexxxy jiggling,Continue reading “Burda 1/18 Leggings #107: February Floral”

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”

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”