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I love linen, I love elastic waist pants, and I love Hey June, but I was late to the Seaforth Pants game after its release. I had JUST hacked my way into a similar look with the Love Notions Allegro, but the Seaforth is definitely different. The Seaforth has that all-important back dart to reduce bulk in your elastic waistband. The leg isn't tight, but I wouldn't call it wide either. There's a view that includes an elasticized hem, and the front pockets are meant to have a welt zipper opening.

Hey June Seaforth Pants in linen

I've made two pairs of Seaforth Pants. The first is from Vintage Finish Linen in Maple, from The Fabric Store Online. This color is a chameleon. Sometimes it looks rust, sometimes brown. I've found it a little tricky to pair with other colors but I'm probably just in my head about it too much. I had the perfect matching drawstring in my stash, which was actually from... [read more]

Friendship bracelets are making a comeback. I have lots of sweet grade school memories of exchanging little woven bracelets with friends; I loved those … More handmade boho bracelets »

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When we released our Tenacity Leggings last fall, I may have mentioned that the waistbands between them and our Rouleur Leggings were interchangeable, but it’s another to just SHOW you that they are! Being able to mix and match between the two gives you so much more flexibility and the opportunity for even more pockets – so guess which one I did!?!

Yes, of course I opted to use the Rouleur Shorts bottom with the banded hem and folded side pockets (from View A), combined with the Tenacity Leggings waistband with both the wraparound mesh pocket and the integral back pocket. So in total there’s 7 pockets in these shorts!

On top of wanting to demonstrate the interchangeability, I also wanted something new to wear for a local half marathon I was running in Richmond Park. I was hoping to be able to race it, but seeing as how it was only 3 weeks... [read more]

Hello My Lovely People. I have five things going on here. Was supposed to be arranging letters from pen pals. Don’t know HOW I wound up here. It’s all good though. For some reason I can NOT delete this blog. Blood and sweat went into the posts over the years and hitting the delete key just seems disrespectful somehow. There is always that little voice in the back of my head “But what if you get good at blogging?” Laughing at self. Believe it or not I am still mildly interested in switching from free to paid with my own domain, blah, blah, blah.

Meanwhile, let me give you Cliff’s notes on what’s up in my world. The biggest, most interesting (in my book) thing is I have decided to adopt a flock of chickens. Yay! With so much being shared online about impending food shortages, inability of trucks to get food to the stores due to diesel... [read more]

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A few years ago I was in the market for a new printer. In other words, the faithful 4-in-1 I'd had since college finally gave up the ghost. Knowing that I primarily print PDF sewing patterns (so many pages), I decided to buy a black and white laser printer (this one, which I've been super happy with). Easy to use and cheaper ink.

Fast forward to last year. I got a Cricut and discovered I couldn't make Print then Cut stickers unless I had a color ink jet printer. Whomp whomp.


Create Stickers without a Color Printer
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Never fear, I discovered a workaround! Check out my YouTube video showing all the steps to create your own fun stickers, without a color printer. Make sure you visit my Etsy shop to get the monstera leaf cut file in the video, it's one of my most popular designs!


A few notes:

I created these stickers using Permanent Vinyl from Heat... [read more]

Every day we’re connected to a million apps, and we browse through multiple browser tabs just to complete a single action item. We have busy schedules that would benefit from streamlined processes, simple tools, and powerful workflows. With that in mind, our team asked for feedback, and that inspired us to put together a new solution—your Professional Email inbox baked right into your WordPress.com site.

You can now manage your inbox and website from the same place, eliminating the need for multiple sets of credentials and URLs. Once you’re securely logged in, we’ll save you the clicks and multiple tabs that managing your work used to take, allowing you to operate directly from your website dashboard.

A few time-saving hacks to get the most from your embedded inbox:

  • Easily connect with your audience or... [read more]

Every day we’re connected to a million apps, and we browse through multiple browser tabs just to complete a single action item. We have busy schedules that would benefit from streamlined processes, simple tools, and powerful workflows. With that in mind, our team asked for feedback, and that inspired us to put together a new solution—your Professional Email inbox baked right into your WordPress.com site.

You can now manage your inbox and website from the same place, eliminating the need for multiple sets of credentials and URLs. Once you’re securely logged in, we’ll save you the clicks and multiple tabs that managing your work used to take, allowing you to operate directly from your website dashboard.

A few time-saving hacks to get the most from your embedded inbox:

  • Easily connect with your audience or community... [read more]

I have been working on an outfit based on Simplicity 9115 - the whole outfit worn by the model on the front on the envelope. And I'm using a great piece of fabric; a thrifted 100% cotton sheet that I bought because the colour and the weave were irresistible. 

So far I have finished the skirt. This appealed to me because it's a quick and easy pull on skirt, with an elasticated waist that has a flat front and large "poche Italienne", my favourite kind of pocket.

This cotton is crisp but not too stiff, it still has some drape and it gathers well. That's important for a skirt with an elastic waist! This skirt also has a small walking slit in the left seam; I reduced the height of it by an inch since my legs are so short, and found it just right. 

I found this a very easy project - it went together well, all notches matched and it was straightforward straight seam... [read more]

In recent years, e bike has become increasingly popular, particularly in urban areas. There are a number of reasons for this trend, including the fact that electric bikes are a more sustainable and environmentally friendly form of transportation than traditional petrol-powered bicycles or cars. Additionally, electric bikes are often cheaper to operate and maintain than cars and can help to reduce traffic congestion in busy cities. Finally, electric bikes can be a fun and convenient way to get around, particularly for those who are not comfortable cycling on busy streets.

The benefits of e bike

e bike are becoming increasingly popular for a number of reasons. They offer a clean and environmentally friendly mode of transportation, they’re relatively inexpensive to operate, and they provide a great workout. e bike are also very versatile, and can be used for a variety... [read more]

 I could just skip blogging June entirely. 

Work has been nuts. I am making myself sit at my computer to write this (all I do all day long is sit at a computer. Oy) 

I have been sewing. Mending.

This mini backpack has needed a handle forever. Wrapped a length of webbing around upholstery welting for a handle, opened up that back horizontal webbing and poked it in place, and stitched it back up. More sewing with plyers while watching Svengoolie.


Still needs a tidy up. Also one of the long straps is missing an end and about ten inches of strap. 
Yoinks.

I had to take the presser foot off to get it under the needle.

Finishing the Felix lobster dress I started last summer; because I CAN.

I changed the neck facing 
(made a coordinating print on Spoonflower and hated it after it was all sewn on)  
and auditioning sleeves.  And yes, I recut the skirt to... [read more]

I am not usually into messages on my tops, but I wanted to try stencilling some writing and this popped into my head. I wanted to try writing as I now have access to a stencil cutter at work (yay!), which has made things possible I could not have done cutting a freezer paper stencil manually with a craft knife.

Not bad for a first try, and I learnt a few lessons. Freezer paper with such intricate cut-outs is not easily reusable, it tends to tear unless you have an extra pair of hands to help when you pull it off the first print. I reused it anyway, with the predictable result of small blobs where bits of paper stencil were missing. Fortunately it’s not all that noticeable when you see the top as a whole.

Also any running writing has floating bits, such as the inside of the a and e etc. These teensy weensy bits are not attached to the freezer paper... [read more]

Let's talk details.  Why would you spend time testing the drape of a pattern before cutting?  I'm discussing the particulars of Vogue 1645 in this video. (62) Understanding pattern drafting details, Why evaluate a sewing pattern - V1645Vogue 1645 is a fun pattern.  I've seen many folks sew this one.  I'm reviewing the makeup of the actual design details before deciding whether to sew it for


I don’t know if the Great British Sewing Bee invented the term “buffet dress”, but that is where I first heard the term used to describe a loose, floaty dress without a defined waist. That sounded like what I had in mind for a spring dress, so here it is.
The Fabric

I was looking for a light drapey fabric in a small print. This rayon fabric is more of a primary colour than I usually like, but it was the only thing I came up with after checking out my local stores. From a distance, the colour is a little more subtle.


The Pattern


The pattern I’d been looking at was Butterick 6872, on the left above. I liked the square neck, front bodice tucks, and deep ruffle on the skirt. Patterns are on the pricey side in Canada though, and I think this was about $14, even on sale. I thought I’d just draft something since it basically involves three bodice pattern pieces, but then I came... [read more]

I had been eying the pre-quilted Nani Iro double gauze at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics for a while. They had several designs quilted just for the store. I took the photo below in April so some of these fabrics may be sold out. I knew I couldn’t get it anywhere else — unless I wanted to quilt it myself. So I decided to take the plunge, get the fabric with my Bay Area Sewists discount — and write a post about making the Hovea Jacket.

Quilted Nani Iro double gauze

I am making version F, the cropped version with binding. I took this photo of the instruction booklet (excuse the glare and off-center photo). The cropped quilted jacket is shorter than the one in this photo.

Hovea Jacket and Coat - Megan Nielsen pattern

The Hovea Jacket pattern by Megan Nielsen is available as a paper pattern and as a PDF in two size ranges: 0-20 (max bust/hip: 46/48″, 117/122 cm), 14-34: max bust/hip: 60/62″, 152/157 cm). I got a paper copy at Stonemountain. There... [read more]

 

The Seamstress of New Orleans / Diane C. McPhail
New York, NY : John Scognamiglio Books/Kensington Books, 2022.
346 p.

This is a book I picked up at my library solely for the title and promise of sewing inside! It's a historical novel set in Chicago and New Orleans in 1900 -- not my usual genre but I thought I'd give it a chance. 

It's okay. I wasn't really caught up in the story, finding it a bit repetitive and wishing the focus had been shifted a bit. It follows two female leads, Constance and Alice. Both have just lost their husbands, Constance's to death and Alice's to disappearance. Left on her own in Chicago, Alice makes her way down to New Orleans where she's drawn into the preparations for an all-female Mardi Gras krewe, hired as a seamstress to make Constance's gown. 

Now if this part had been the primary focus -- Mardi Gras, the... [read more]

These patchwork reversible bucket hats are all handmade unique with upcycled blue and black denim. They are my latest pieces, available in the shop, ready to ship.

You can find this one with the checkered detail: Here

This one has frayed details throughout, you can find it: Here

This is a patchwork that also features frayed pieces. You can find it: Here

☮♥♻

I had two guild meetings this month that were the last of the season - one for my local Garment Guild and the other for the quilt club I belong to even though I don't really make traditional quilts ;)

Both meetings were swap meets. We were able to bring fabric, patterns or notions and take something new home instead. I was restraining myself - my goal lately is to reduce my stash, not add to it! Still, having taken 35 m. to give away, I felt okay about bringing home 4 m. from the first night and 5 from the next. 

At the Garment Guild swap, I only took two pieces:

First, this soft double sided knit. I'm thinking either a cardi or a dolman sleeve 80s tee. Depends on which pattern fits!

And then I claimed this stretch cotton sateen; I have nearly exactly the same print in a rayon! This might be destined for a slouchy blazer. 

The next night, at the quilt guild, I wasn't... [read more]

Home dec sewing is a necessary evil. I’ve done a LOT of it over the years, but pretty much all of it is because buying the equivalent is usually impossible due to the custom measurements needed. Unfortunately, I’ve built up quite a backlog of home dec sewing because (like alterations and repairs!) I loathe doing it.

So in an attempt to actually get it done, I’ve decided to incorporate it into my Summer Sewing Plans this year, mixing it up with much more fun garment sewing!

The first of my home dec projects to tackle was some replacement cushion covers for the outdoor sofa. Buckle up for a long but not very interesting story, sorry! We’ve had our Ikea outdoor sofa for quite a few years, along with the base and back cushions to go along with it. Because it was expensive, we take care of it – dutifully packing the cushions away overnight,... [read more]

Y'all I'm struggling to keep up with blog posts. I barely managed to keep a list of "projects not blogged" much less to actually blog them! But with the daylight deserting me I'm finding more time to write...taking pictures is another matter!

May I present my Kalle Shirtdress, made in January 2021. Now. If you know me as a sewist, you know me as a sewist who hates on Closet Case Core Files Patterns. I also give them props when they deserve it. I fit their size chart well, and some of the designs I like. I'm not going to go into negatives here, you can read them in my Ginger Jeans or Kelly Anorak posts.

Back to Kalle. I'll never forget when this pattern was teased, Heather Lou told a story about wearing her prototype and being CHASED down the street by someone wanting to know where she got it. I think about that story every single time I wear mine, and I'm still waiting... [read more]

In 2020 I bought myself a racing bicycle and since then we’ve spent many, many kilometres together. I bought it with the intention of eventually cycling to work, but with 2020 and 2021, you can all guess how well that went. Not much point in riding a bike down the stairs from my bedroom to my makeshift home office just below. But we’ve ridden much together without a specific goal.

I want to ride my bicycle, bicycle, bicycle

Since even longer, my husband has been a cycling fan and when Le Tour de France is on for three weeks on end every summer, you get drawn into it. Especially with the superb commentator team of Vacchi/Adamson, whom we can enjoy in Sweden. Also, because I happen to love France, one day our vacation will be to France during the Tour so we can see some world class cycling at one of the famous climbs.

I want to ride my bicycle
I want to... [read more]

This top is really two projects in one: the fabric dyeing and then the sewing!

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I hope you're lucky enough to be reading this from a part of the world that is NOT going through the same heat wave as the Midwest. Temps have been hitting 100 this week without even factoring in our extra special humidity. Blech.

We recently purchased a membership to our county YMCA, which means we've been able to beat the heat by escaping to their indoor pool. Swimming multiple times a week is a new thing for us, and it meant my kids needed more swimsuits (oh darn...j/k! I love making swimsuits!)

5 out of 4 Kids' Classic Swimsuit

I have long been on the hunt for a TNT girls swimsuit pattern. Last year I had some epic failures with the Megan Nielsen Mini Cottesloe (weird, because the adult version was a big success). I've been sewing for 10 years but somehow haven't landed on a TNT...until now!

This is the 5 Out Of 4 Patterns Kids' Classic... [read more]

A pressure washer is a great investment for the homeowner. Not only does it make cleaning outdoor surfaces a breeze, but it can also help to improve the overall appearance of your home. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the best pressure washers on the market and what makes them stand out from the competition. We will also provide you with a few tips on how to choose the right pressure washer for your needs.

What are pressure washers and what do they do?

A pressure washer is a machine that increases the water pressure from a regular garden hose to create a powerful stream of water. This stream of water can be used for cleaning purposes, such as cleaning driveways, sidewalks, decks, and patios. Pressure washers can also be used to remove paint from surfaces and to prepare surfaces for painting.

How can a pressure washer benefit the... [read more]


Whoever thought of velvet hangers, thank you. They are genius. No slippage whatsoever. However they tend to break easily because they can't handle a lot of weight. I've learned not to use them for thick winter coats.


Maybe the hangers should be all metal covered in velvet as opposed to plastic. They have metal hooks, why not keep it going all around? Anyway when they break the metal hook remains in perfect condition. I couldn't dispose of them. I kept them all awaiting some project to come to mind to utilize them. The project that eventually came to be: A Wall Hooks Rack. Voilà!

Perfect for necklaces!
Perfect for hats!
All you need to make this, besides the metal hooks you saved from broken hangers is a wooden plaque like this:

  • spray paint
  • a drill
  • super glue

Take your wooden plaque and spray paint it whatever color you want. You could decoupage with... [read more]
Hangers can come in all different materials like wood and plastic but the original hanger was made of wire. Todays wire coat hanger was inspired by a clothes hook patented in 1869 by O A North of New Britain Connecticut (click to learn more).

Here's a riddle for you: What uses the same amount of steel each year as 60,000 cars?

You may be surprised to learn the answer: 3.5 billion dry-cleaner wire hangers, which nearly all consumers toss in the trash. (Hanging On: The Impact Of Your Wire Hangers by Leah Ingram)

Stop throwing them away! Here's a list to help you do that...

Create a Wall Mounted Coat Rack

Use Hangers to Hang Other Things Besides Clothing:

Books/Magazines

Paper Towels in the Kitchen

DIY Add Shower Curtain Rings to Hold Scarves

Reshape to Hold Toilet Paper (Invented by Studio Stallinga)

Reshape to Hold your Flip Flops

Turn Upside Down for Instant... [read more]
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