I've had trouser making on my mind since finishing my first fly-fronted pair a couple of weeks ago. So much so, that I interrupted all other making plans in the quest to make a new and improved second version of these vintage pattern trousers, and I'm pretty glad I did!

Vintage pattern trousers with a twist
Again, I used the Palazzo Pants Pattern from a 1993 Me Magazine, but this pair have undergone a fair bit of hacking and the finish is pretty different from my first version. I love the fact that one pattern can be the starting point for so many different-looking versions if you're brave enough to hack it and as a bonus, I feel like I've given a vintage pattern a new lease of life!

Worn with Docs, fancy socks from COS, and RTW top on a day out in Hebden Bridge
I picked up this fine houndstooth/almost-gingham poly cotton from Fletchers in Leeds Market. It's the perfect... [read more]

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For my birthday this year I decided to take a day off work and spend the day sewing.  It was such a great decision and one I think I’m going to turn into a tradition.  This day of sewing allowed me to finally cross off one of my 2017 Make Nine patterns: the Colfax Dress!   This is not a dress I would typically pick up in a store, primarily because I tend to stay away from sleeveless pieces.  However, I have been drawn to this pattern ever since it released and used the 2017MakeNine as the push to jump out of my comfort zone.  I’m so glad I did.

I was pretty nervous when I started the dress, but I used the super helpful sewalong on the True Bias website.  I think what made me a bit nervous was the fact that the bias bindings are on the outside of the garment, which means they need to look spot on. Truth be told, I can be a bit careless when cutting... [read more]

upcycled patio lights -

I first published this post last summer, but as the buds on the trees and the birds on my windowsill are beckoning Spring, I think it’s worth reposting. Before long we’ll be serving Mojitos on our balcony, and these funky little DIY lights are a great décor addition.

I can’t take full credit for this brilliant little hack, because I first saw this idea of transforming a dollar store flower pot into a patio lantern on The Art of Doing Things. Not only is this project easy and adorable, it’s inexpensive. The only supplies needed are plastic flower pots, spray paint, chain, S-hooks, velcro strips, and battery-operated LED lights.

DIY patio lights - My French Twist

My mind has been racing with all kinds of ways to decorate the plastic “shades,” from spraying them with mirror paint to decoupaging them with a graphic vintage fabric. Alas, I ended up finding some mustard yellow pots, and I used them just as they... [read more]

Yesterday, Anneke and I got together for a photo shoot session. She made some new shorts (soon on her blog, I guess) and I had these midi length pleated chiffon skirts that were in desperate need of new photos.
We were very lucky, since it was such a beautiful day yesterday! 22°C and sunny, YES please, give me more of this early Spring weather!

As you might know, I’m not a big fan of being in photos. Or more specific: being aware of being photographed. Anneke did a really amazing job in making me feel a bit more at ease and she managed to get good shots! Thank you again!
To reward ourselves, we went straight to Gelato Factory after. Gelato Factory is the best ice cream shop in Antwerp, in my opinion. You should pay a visit if you are in the neighborhood. It’s a 15 minute walk from my house, but it’s worth every step! For those people who can’t have... [read more]

I made this Foldover clutch using the Heidi Foldover Clutch FREE pattern from Swoon Patterns.  I modified the pattern to install the zipper in a straight edge and added a tassel. It gives it a different look, but still look modern … Read More

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Guys, beware! The jumpsuit season chez Sewrendipity has begun! Again! Yes, that’s a few good months to go until #JumpIntoJune hopefully kicks off again. But as I was saying in my previous post, sometimes a fabric + a pattern just equal love, and you have to go for it! And I do love my jumpsuits, and as a matter of fact, my culottes too!

In January, I went to Manchester for a wedding and the first thing I did when I got off the train was to rush off to Abakhan to stock up on winter woolies. As soon as I picked this one up, I knew it will be perfect for one of my Top 3 favourite patterns ever, V9075, the culottes jumpsuit that I have been obsessed with since 2015 (a summer one here, the bottom here  and the top here). And though my sewing queue was massive, this sort of jumped the line – oh the puns!, and here we are, with some pics to show at last.

V9075 Brick Knit (2017) #04.jpgThe Fabric Alchemist

One of my 2017 sewing goals was to explore a path to a career that uses my sewing and design skills. Today I took the first of many steps in expanding my sewing and garment design knowledge so that I can more adequately address that career question.

The evening started with a great parking spot in a hard-to-find-parking neighborhood of Seattle and a delicious reuben sandwich.

I’ve known about Seattle’s New York Fashion Academy for years, and I have finally reached a point in my life where 1) don’t feel intimidated by the school and 2) have enough financial security to invest in myself.

After a very brief “lecture” by the academy’s founder about the three methods of pattern making and a demonstration of draping a front bodice, we were handed pins, muslin, and a dress form. Draping could begin.

I’ve watched videos on draping a bodice. In fact, I bought a class on... [read more]

Hart's Fabric

Hey everyone! I had the pleasure of teaming up with Hart's Fabric to bring you this fun and spring-y Ebony dress. 

For fabric details, construction information, and general sewing chats check out my post over on the Harts Blog!

Check it out!

It was such a pleasure teaming up with an indie business to make something so bright for spring. Even though the weather in these photos is kind of drab, it's a sure sign that spring is ON IT'S WAY! 

PS: For super observant readers, no, my hair didn't grow 3 inches since last week. I just took these pictures before my latest chop ;)


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So I made a shift dress in linen. Not something I would have expected to put on my to-do list since a) I’ve always suited a more nipped-in garment, even when I was 19 and student-thin and b) have never been able to wear linen – I tried linen clothes many times when I was younger, but we just didn’t get on. And then there’s the grey. I chose this because I felt I hadn’t made anything grey forever and have since realised that almost every item of clothing I have been working on recently is, in fact, grey. I don’t know what’s up with my head but I definitely don’t need any more grey. Seattle is grey enough right now!


So why on earth did I decide to make the Seamwork Sonya dress I hear you ask? Okay, well, hands up, I was definitely swayed by their versions (note: they were not grey). I liked the colour blocking and also the big pockets, which seemed a neat... [read more]

I think the stork had to claw its way out-

Jiffy pop track pants is hard to say-

That divorced lady that all the moms distrusted had this wallpaper in her powder room- tho I promise I never entered her house, Mom. 

Less mariachi, more Mari-yucky.

This is what I wear when I intend to sashay around and say ‘Furthermore!’ A lot. 

This one is Mr Pringles- Christians cats favorite:

What’s more orange? This dress or that chick behind her?

I’d love to see Solange Knowles in this- or Eddie Izzard. I’m not picky.

I love gill couture. You know I do. 

Formal unicycle gear is a bit of a niche market, me thinks. 

When I first saw this, I excitedly thought the embroidery was of a pink shihtzu. I’m kind of sad that I realized it wasn’t. 

14 feet of zipper and she still couldn’t get it over her head.

I’m in love. Tacky wonderful love. Thank you, Mr Siriano!

Photo credits: vogue. Com

During 2017, I, Carolanne Donovan, pledge to sew at least 3 garments from Vintage patterns and blog about them.

I participated in the pledge in 2015 and only made 3 of my pledged 6 items, whoops!

I decided to not make a pledge in 2016 and honestly ignored my vintage patterns. Why? Because some new thing came out that I just had to have. On the bright side I didn’t add to the collection.

This year I’m back at it! I’ve been posting about my makes less frequently so part of my pledge is to also document the garments with blog posts. Perhaps I will finally finish my swing coat or maybe I’ll end up making 3 of the same dress. We shall see. Here are a few of my favorite vintage patterns that will likely be making an appearance this year!




Heyyy I'm alive! Isn't it always the way, kids are on vacation (preschool Spring Break) and mom gets sick? I don't think Daylight Savings Time or our recent cold snap helped much either. Rather than sewing my days away, I've been doing absolutely nothing and letting my five year old be mom for the week. So how about we let her model instead of me?

Sorry to be confusing...she's wearing a second pink tutu on top!

Leading up to Spring Break was Dr. Seuss week at preschool. One day was Silly Socks day, then Wacky Wednesday, and finally Fancy Friday. I'm not big on fancy clothes for kids who spill food basically every day, so we were in a pickle about what she could wear. We rifled through my fabric stash together and landed on some pink tulle that a friend had sent for her. I pulled out my Oliver+S Little Things to Sew book and showed her the Tutu project,... [read more]

Organic Cotton Plus reached out to me a couple weeks ago and offered to send me a couple of yards of fabric for me to make into a garment to share with all of you! I am so excited to share my Dove Blouse today.

I’ve been dying to make a Dove blouse since it was released. I used Organic Cotton Plus’ Double Gauze and it was a perfect fit!

The Dove Blouse has a couple different views and sleeve lengths which I always like in a pattern. I was nervous about the flared sleeve on me, so I opted for the straight sleeve.

Also after the recommendation from Lara from Lara Handmade I eliminated the seam down the middle of the v neck. I thought it made it much more streamline. Anyone looking to make the Dove blouse should check out Megan Neilsen’s Design Diary. Also per Lara’s recommendation, I followed her tips while sewing up my Dove Blouse and it... [read more]

Winter lasts a long time here (even though I live in the most southerly part of Canada), so by this point in the year, I’m ready for a change. Since I can’t change the weather, I change my wardrobe!

At the start of March, I moved my wintery-coloured clothes out of my closet, and put the spring-coloured clothes front and centre. All my cosy red plaids and brown leopards are put away til fall! It’s not that the spring clothes are for warmer weather – it’s still snowing – but they are brighter and have my favourite shades of turquoise, hot pink, and royal blue, and generally have more white than black in the mix.

Like, for example, this new dress!

Sew Over It Heather Dress

Case in point: It was cold but sunny when I got home from work, so I changed and ran out to take some pictures… by which time was dumping snow with harsh winds! Thank goodness for the windbreak... [read more]

FREE dress patterns

Sew pretty dresses with these FREE Dress Patterns from PrintSew.  These patterns are from the big pattern making companies (McCalls, Simplicity, Kwik Sew, and Neue Mode).   Below are some of the FREE patterns included in PrintSew.   McCalls 4116 One … Read More

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FREE dress patterns

Sew pretty dresses with these FREE Dress Patterns from PrintSew.  These patterns are from the big pattern making companies (McCalls, Simplicity, Kwik Sew, and Neue Mode).   Below are some of the FREE patterns included in PrintSew.   McCalls 4116 One … Read More

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I’m keeping it short + sweet today!
It’s tuesday and that makes it perfect to announce our giveaway winner!

The winner is *drumroll*

Liese (

Liese, shoot an email to me (hanne [at] hannevandersteen [dot]be) & Stephanie (misspixiesblog [at] gmail [dot]com and we’ll send you your pretty prizes!

Congratulations to our giveaway winner! If you are a bit bummed, you can go and get some therapy shopping done in our shops. 😉


Giveaway made possible by MissPixie & HanneVandersteen

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Perhaps you remember my Singer 421G, a convertible free arm sewing machine made in Germany in 1954.  “Amber” for short!  Since purchasing Amber, she has received a good cleaning and oiling, and I took apart her tension assembly and put her back together again.  She runs smoothly now with a nice stitch. I love the sound she […]

* Portions of this post originally appeared on the Cali & Co blog.

Hi, friends!

I’m excited to share this denim jacket with you!  I’ve been steadily working on filling out holes in my wardrobe and a denim jacket was at the top of my list.  It’s such a steady workhorse for casual looks and gives you that needed warmth for crisp spring days.  This was a fun project that looks much more difficult than it is.  If you can set a sleeve and make buttonholes, you can make this denim jacket.

I used Butterick 6390 — a retro pattern by Gertie for this jacket that evokes a 1940’s/50’s vibe.  It reminds me of kitschy western frocks and mid-century dude ranches with the western yoke, top-stitching and pockets.  It’s also cropped, so it goes well with full skirts, which is a plus in my book.

I made my jacket with this awesome dark blue designer 12 oz denim.... [read more]

Butterick 6287 again.  No major changes, still size large, but with shortened sleeves, and a narrow aded neckband.  Two of the fabrics here are quite flimsy, and a turned neckline would be out of shape in a split second.

The green stripe and green leaf print are quite thin and drapey knits, maybe cotton, maybe viscose, both bought from the market not too long ago.  The white bubbly knit is polyester, and has been lurking in stash for a couple of years.  I’ve used it a few times, but haven’t been smitten with the resulting tops!

I reinforced the shoulders with a scrap of silk organza.  All seams are overlocked, and the main panels are also top stitched which reinforces the overlocking and gives some structure where different fabrics meet.  I played with the stripes just a tiny bit.  The hem is turned once and zigzagged, and I added a skinny neckband.

I love... [read more]

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   Just to get it out there right now: no, this is not my grandma. In fact I have no idea who this lady is. I'm cheating a little on this one.

  I haven't had the time to go and track down some old family photos for Tanya's Dress Like Your Grandma Sewing Challenge, but I still really want to get in on the fun, so I've decided to use the challenge as a good excuse to re-create the outfit in a photograph I've been in love with for awhile. 
   I've decided to attempt to re-create this gorgeous 1940's-era butterfly skirt and yellow peasant top, which was published in a 1942 edition of Harper's Bazaar, according to the source website. I spent the better part of the weekend trying to draw the butterflies in Illustrator, which I thought would be straightforward but was surprisingly difficult due to the folds of the fabric. Anyway, I did my best and now I'm awaiting the fabric from Spoonflower.

More to come soon!

I think “take photos of blue coco” has been on my to do list every weekend since November and I finally got round to it. Ta dah!

Also, new hair!

I cut this out so long ago I can barely remember anything about it so this probably won’t be a very useful blog post I’m sorry. I fiddled with the pattern straight after making my first Coco dress. Eventually cut out the fabric in May and then didn’t get round to sewing it up until October. Nearly a year after the first one. So blinkin’ slow!

But it’s done now and it has been in heavy rotation ever since. I’ve gained quite a bit of weight recently so it’s a bit too snug now. But I’ve started eating mainly sadness foods and not stuffing my face with office treats so hopefully it’ll fit better again soon.

I shamelessly copied the lace yoke idea from Katie of What Katie Sews but I can’t find her blog post with her lace... [read more]

Before attaching the sleeves, let’s baste together our shirt front to make it easier to manage.  For view A, place the front piece with the gathering on top of the other front piece, lining up the side notches with right sides facing up. Do the same for view B, but use the left hand front (as worn) as the top.

Baste the two fronts together at the side seams within the seam allowance using a zig zag stitch.

Now, let’s attach our sleeves. Place the sleeve on top of the body, right sides together and pin at the shoulder notch. Gently shape the armscye to match the shape of the sleeve cap and pin, matching notches.

Sew the sleeve in slowly, making sure there are no tucks or folds.

Press the seam allowance towards the sleeve and repeat with the second side. Next time we’ll be back to finish up our Dartmouth Tops!

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