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”

Quick Fix: V8946 Takes 2 and 3

So I figured out how to make the back work on Vogue 8946: Make it up in a really stretchy jersey and get rid of the back zipper. This is going to be a mostly-photos post because I don’t have much to say about these versions that I didn’t say about the first version, except:Continue reading “Quick Fix: V8946 Takes 2 and 3”

V8946: A shiny pink velvet dress: Pink Avalanche #3

Look, a dress! How unlikely. This project is a double-jeapordy impulse project: the pattern (V8946, now OOP) was picked up in the discount bin at the local fabric store for $5.99 (CDN), and the fabric was picked up at Marina’s fabric store on Ottawa St for no reason other than it was pink and shiny.Continue reading “V8946: A shiny pink velvet dress: Pink Avalanche #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”

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”

Vogue 1389: Inherent Fitting Issues vs. Idiosyncractic Fitting Issues, Particularly If You’re Struggling With the Neck Band

  I made this one before in grey, and you might want to go back and reread that post, because it’s been revised. If not, charge ahead, and be warned that you might be somewhat confused. The fabric is leftover bamboo jersey from the first dancing dress of the year. I thought I might haveContinue reading “Vogue 1389: Inherent Fitting Issues vs. Idiosyncractic Fitting Issues, Particularly If You’re Struggling With the Neck Band”

V1353: Again, With B‏irds

I could not pass this print up. It’s a slightly stiff (poplin?) lightweight cotton with a watercolour print of trees, leaves, flowers and birds. I lined it with white cotton voile to keep it very light and wearable for super-hot days in the summer (so here’s hoping we have at least one or two thisContinue reading “V1353: Again, With B‏irds”

V1462: Shirts Are Hard

Fellow sewers, do you find it weird when people compliment dresses and overlook handmade pants and buttoned shirts? I guess dresses look more impressive, but in my experience, pants and buttoned shirts are a thousand times more challenging. More seams, more moving parts, more things to be fitted and it’s more obvious when it’s wrong.Continue reading “V1462: Shirts Are Hard”

V8685: Summer Dancing Dress 2017 Part 1 of X

According to Vogue, I am a size 16-18. The website lists only the back length and hem width for this pattern’s finished garment measurements. What’s a sewer to do? After long experience with Vogue et al’s ridiculous ease issues, I cut a size 14, which was still too big. I don’t know about all ofContinue reading “V8685: Summer Dancing Dress 2017 Part 1 of X”