Hello again from the world of burlap zipper cases! I've been busy these past two weeks finishing up the first and second batches of custom made AeroPress burlap cases for our pals over at RoosRoast, Ann Arbor.  They are turning out great, and I'm happy to report that there are five more to sew up! What a month it has been. I feel very lucky to be working with such a fun, local coffee shop that


A couple weeks ago, I stumbled upon a $.99 sale. I wasn't looking or planning to buy patterns until I saw Simplicity 8295. I like tunics, mini dresses and that combined with the placket options drew me to this one. 


I am still having fun making my fabric (see previous post) and wanted one for this dress. For the base, I used  a white on white dot cotton from Joann Fabrics. I airbrush painted over it with a paint color that I blended myself. I accented the "Afro Stripe" design with woodblock stamps in double yellow and single black stars. I chose black linen fabric for the contrasts.

I like view A and B and couldn't decide which to make. A poll on Instagram had the results split, so I went with B with modifications.The pattern called for a contrast placket only, but I chose a contrast cuff too. The pattern... [read more]

I've long believed "Custom Color Palettes" are sort of like horoscopes. They're fun to read about, fun to know, easy to "believe" if you want to - easy to discredit if you don't. I've even rolled my eyes in the past hearing people cry "I can't wear ___! I'm a cool autum!" NONSENSE. The only reason you can't wear that could would be if your hands fell off when you tried to put it on, and nobody was around you to finish dressing you. (That's a really weird image to start a blog post. Your welcome for that!)

But Seamwork published an article in 2015 that I've JUST now caught wind of (Thanks Capsule Friends!) - and it feels way more science-based than "color guides" of seasons past,  so I gave it a whirl!

This is NOT my process. This is theirs. They deserve full credit for this genius-ness. And you should definitely take time (immediately!) to go... [read more]

…well, a couple!

Last time my daughter visited [Christmas], she dumped a bag of mending on me, and you know how I feel about that!  It has sat there, smirking at me, and despite numerous girdings og my loins, [not lions, they bite] I finally got to work.  A bit.  Just a bit.

Job number 1- mend the split crotch seam in her skiing trouser thingies.  Big padded jobs.   [Big jobs, snigger, Viz moment]  It was all a bit plasticky inside, waterproof tape and very very narrow seam allowances.  Hey ho, I just stitched it, then codged the lining back together from the outside.  The outside of the inside that is.  No re threading, she’s not fussed about the mend showing so the white lining is stitched in grey.  Maybe they’ll hold up, maybe not.

Job number 2- I removed the broken zip in a little dress, and found a replacement.  The dress is pink and black stripes, the... [read more]

The first step in sewing your Electron Layette Pants is to select your fabric. Paying attention to stretch, you can use a variety of fabrics including jersey, interlock, ponte, and sweatshirting. For a thorough walk-through, read/watch Choosing Fabric for the Electron Layette.

Cutting the Electron Layette pants is quite simple. You need 1 Front, 1 Back, and 2 Waistbands. Cut the fabric on a single layer and, if your fabric is directional, make sure that your pattern pieces are facing the same direction. Make sure that the direction of greatest stretch is perpendicular to the selvedge so that it stretches most around the body of the baby/pants.

Place the Front and Back right sides together and sew the side seam using a 3/8″ seam allowance. Since your fabric has stretch, you will want to make sure that you are using a stitch that stretches. If you have a fancy... [read more]

I made my mum a dress just in time for Xmas.  I actually intended to make her a dress THREE BIRTHDAYS AGO [oh dear] as she had admired my By Hand ‘Anna’ dresses.  I found some lovely autumnal brushed fabric [her birthday is in November] and ran one up after getting her to try one of mine on.

It didn’t fit.  No idea why, I assume it was to do with the different qualities of the fabrics I’d used, but it was no good.  When I tried to alter it, the fabric just gave up the ghost on every single seam, and it had to be abandoned.  And that, I’m afraid, was that.  It sank into the crate of shame, then we moved house, then wifey had an operation, then work got completely out of hand.

Every so often, I’d get a pang of guilt…but did nothing.  I am a Bad Fairy.

Mum really admired one of the shirts I made for Dawn this year, the one in the dark brown cotton... [read more]

Today’s strategy was ‘don’t spend any money!’  Payday is on Friday, and I’m off to the market again on Saturday to do a bit of steampunk shopping, so I really needed to be good today.  And I was!

We were a small, select group today, me, Glenda, Kim and a new recruit to Birmingham jaunts, Helen.  Glenda, Kim and I were all NOT looking for anything much, but Helen had a few plans in mind, including some summer skirts and some jammies.  She’d visited Fancy Silks Store recently with her mum, but hadn’t ventured into the markets proper, or been to Barry’s, so that’s what we did.

Now, when I say I was good, I really, really was, honest, but I have earmarked several things to snaffle on Saturday, and you’ll have to be patient for those…

Meanwhile, the day started extremely well, as Glenda arrived with a sizeable length of interfacing... [read more]

img_6576I almost always sew exclusively for myself, but I’ve felt so generous lately, I’ve decided to make my husband something.

I have been wanting to sew with waxed canvas for a while, and the Portside Travel Set by Grainline Studios was the perfect project to try this fabric. I looked at fabric that came pre-waxed, but I elected to wax my own fabric because I found some heavyweight canvas duck cloth and matching quilting cotton for the lining on sale at Joanns. Hardware and cotton webbing were purchased on Etsy

img_6520I used Otter Wax (purchased on Amazon). In case you are wondering, Otter Wax contains beeswax and plant-based ingredients. Not otters! There are several methods you can use to apply the wax. A quick You Tube search on “how to wax fabric” will show you there are other ways to apply the wax successfully without following Otter Wax’s directions.

However,... [read more]

Just when I was beginning to feel a bit deflated sewing-wise (see last post) the perfect project to pick me up landed in a nice parcel on the doorstep. When Lucy from Sew Essential got in touch last month to see if I'd like to make something using their supplies, I was on a shirt-making high post-Ralph Pink Sahara Shirt, so this heavily influenced my pattern and fabric choice. I'm feeling very much back in the game thanks to the Vogue 9186 (and Lucy!):

The finished V9186  
I sometimes struggle to see past the cover versions with the big 4 pattern companies, and although I'm not 100% on the two options here, the details of the dress intrigued me. The mandarin collar I already know I love (see again, my Sahara Shirt edit), but it's the cool silhouette that the elasticized waist provides that really sold it. I've also never felt confident enough to brave... [read more]

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Then you’re all set!

A brief word on social... [read more]

This post is part of a series describing what Automatticians do on a daily basis. You can read more posts like this by following the tag #a8cday on and Twitter.

As a WooCommerce Happiness Engineer at Automattic, I spend some of my time directly helping customers. I also get to travel quite a bit, to different conferences and to meet my colleagues all over the world.  I’ll focus on a day at home (just outside of Stockholm, Sweden), because the other days are anything but typical.

6:20 – First alarm, blindly reach out and turn it off

6:25 – Second alarm which is strategically placed far away from bed – since I have to get up to turn it off, I try to keep the momentum going.

6:30-7:00-ish – Get up, get dressed in jeans, a shirt and a hoodie, and stumble towards my desk. Given that it’s the end of February in Sweden, it’s still dark at that time so... [read more]

If you are looking to update your kid wardrobe, the Harem Pants Sewing Pattern should be in your list.  This pattern was published for FREE in A Joyful Riot and is available as a pdf download in sizes NB to 4T.   … Read More

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I made a whole outfit!

Sure, that phrase shouldn’t need an exclamation point, but since I am notorious for sewing pieces with barely a thought given to what I’m going to wear it with: I made a whole outfit!

The pieces for my casual outfit are simple enough, but I gave thought to pairing fabrics that would work together and that’s a big step in the right direction.

Firstly, I made the SVEA Pants (see details here)

Alizia top

My second piece is the ALIZIA Top.

IG square 1

The Alizia is easily constructed; but if you’ve not inserted a V shape before, I’d recommend watching the V neckband instructions from Hey June as a good guide to successfully making a smooth insertion.

Alizia V close up

So, once completed, I put on my Alizia to see my handiwork and realized I made a tunic. How on earth did I do that? I still need to go back and figure out how I made it so long. I did fit checks along the... [read more]

What am I doing now?
Mending. Fixing. Mending.
This is the sort of stuff that occupies most of my sewing time.
Fixed straps on bike helmets. Seattle Fabrics has an entire wall of drawers of this kind of hardware. Bless you SF!

There is a whole school of sewing that involved adding funky bits on top of nonfunky things. I am not really one of those people, though I do admire and love their thinking. This is my tribute to them. My husband begged me not to wear these pants out of the house. I did, but I did keep my coat fastened, so only he could see me wearing them around the house. Lucky guy.
Added removable alterations so I can wear the wool pants right now (vs when I lose ten pounds or alter it properly). This is what I do to make winter stop around here.
That and the grey coat.
You're welcome, Seattle.

Button over a buttonhole!

Added 'circuitry'... [read more]
I started the year with the #2017makenine Challenge – pick nine patterns and get ‘er done during the year!  So far, I am not too sure if I have been successful though.  I started with the dress pattern in the bottom left hand corner.  It was Vogue 9202, but it turned into a top, McCalls […]
Note to Self: At some point you should plan to take pictures before you become rumpled, not after wearing said items for 10 hours.
Briefly: There are very few occasions where one can be both warm and dressy.

I attended a friends birthday at the end of January. The theme of the party was Nordic Formal, with a Prairie twist, and no hints as to what that meant. Thankfully I received my invitation the day after my foot surgery so while I couldn't actually do any sewing, I had about 10 weeks to do some plotting about what to make as well as time to make them.

Winnipeg at the end of January can be a chilly place. I hate being cold so I wanted to be warm while still filling what I thought was the 'formal' part of the theme. I'd made the Suffragette skirt (link) this summer and thought it would fill the warm and formal requirement nicely, especially if it was made of wool.... [read more]

Hi! I’ve made four skirts using the Chardon skirt pattern by French company Deer and Doe: two with a contrast bottom band (a black-and-white Chardon, a linen version) as well as a maxi and knee-length version. This high-waisted skirt has inverted box pleats, which are great for wide hips. You can just cut the size for your waist and not worry about sizing up in the hips. However, I’ve gained weight since the last time I made a Chardon so I wanted to see if I could make an adjustable waist version – in the hopes that I’ll lose some of the weight and still be able to wear the skirt. 😉

I got the idea from this photo on Pinterest, an A-line denim skirt that tied together at the top with two pieces of twill tape sewn to the front. You create an inverted pleat by tying the ends together. I discovered that it was originally posted in... [read more]

Thank you for waiting so patiently for a new vlog to appear. It’s finally here! My January 2017 makes. Enjoy!

Hello lovely people! I am not even going to do the calculations for how long a break I have taken.  But it’s been a while hasn’t it? So much has happened in between, Christmas, New Year and all sorts of others.

How have you been?  Sewing strong I hope?  I have been doing plenty of sewing (although less this last month due to a rather hectic and lovely social schedule), but it is the blogging that bears the brunt of my new life balance.  You see I spend anything upwards of 9 hours a day ( four days a week) on a computer at work so the last thing I fancy is more of the same in the evening.  Not surprisingly I want to run and leap like the imaginary gazelle I am in my head.  But not every evening as sewing does still play its part.  And then there are family and friends to spend time with.  So poor ol’ blog gets a bit sidelined.

I made a deal with myself this evening – if... [read more]

Pattern name: Love Notions Summer Caye Pants

Size range (with measurements):  0-24 (waist measurements of 24.5 to 45.5 inches)

What size did you make? I made the size 22 (wide leg version) with adjustments.

What are your measurements, height, and body type?

  • Bust 47′′, waist 39′′-41”, hip 48′′, RTW size 16/18,
  • Body Shape: Celloish
  • Height: 5’7′′
  • Bra size: 38F

What adjustments did you make and how long did they take?

I raised the waistline a bit and made three muslins to fix the crotch fit. I used the instructions that were included with the pattern to lengthen the crotch line. It was incredibly easy and I appreciated that the instructions included simple adjustments to make the pattern fit more bodies. I found out while fitting these pants that my crotch curve is four inches longer than what is normally drafted for. That explains why I have a... [read more]

Do you know who made your clothes?
I do.
I’d love to share a bit more about the process behind my brand and how the clothes in my shop are made!
After all, in today’s world, I feel like it’s more and more important to know the answer to the question: “who made your clothes?”

Let’s start with a current trend piece: a plissé chiffon midi skirt.
You might find a lot of variations on this piece in big chain stores, but there are very important differences between a skirt made by me and one you get at H&M or Zara.

This is how it works:

You order a skirt, I hear a cute noise on my phone and I get to work!
You have the opportunity to leave your measurements (in this case: waist measurement and hip measurement).
I adapt the pattern for the skirt so it will fit you. You don’t have to go through 4 racks of clothing and search the mountain of clothes underneath... [read more]

Sew a brush case using this Makeup Brush Case Sewing Pattern published for FREE in Sew4Home.  This handy case is not only great for travel, it’s also dandy for everyday storage of your make up brushes. This project is suitable … Read More

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Today, I’m super excited to bring you the fabulous Mary Alice from Well Sewn Style. Love her style, her story, and her passion and I hope you will too!

Let’s start at the beginning! What was your body image like as a child and teenager? 

I think as a child and teen my body image was relatively positive, although I did have a few insecurities.  I was already 5’10’ at 14 years old, significantly taller than nearly all my classmates (I grew another two inches in high school.) As soon as I hit puberty, I developed round hips and thighs but had a terribly flat chest when all I wanted was big boobs!  As a teen I became super self-conscious of my fair skin and actually used tanning beds and wore WAY too much bronzer. Despite these insecurities though, I was actually pretty self-confident as a kid and I think I can attribute that to my... [read more]

Pauline Alice Rosari skirtHi Again

My last post was about my denim 70s inspired Rosari skirt over at the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network – you can read all about it here.

As I said last time, I have been doing a lot of pattern repeats so I thought I would also share my first Rosari, which I made as a test run before cutting into the Art Gallery Fabrics denim, and talk a bit more about making and sizing.Pauline Alice Rosari skirtI hoped to make a wearable muslin of the skirt for my first attempt so I used a stretch cotton fabric from Clothspot that has been in my stash for a little while. I figured the stretch would give me a bit of leeway with the fitting!

This fabric is a dark aubergine purple colour with a slightly slubby textured finish. As far as I can see, this colour is no longer available on the Clothspot website but I think it is the same as this black fabric – and is also available in... [read more]

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