I sew in the same way that I cook. I use a recipe as a guideline, but I don’t think I’ve ever cooked anything exactly in the same way that the recipe recommends. Some of my creations are good, and some aren’t. Similarly, with sewing, I like to tinker. I make modifications to fit my aesthetic, my mood, and my body.

Luckily, I love the process of sewing. It gives me the benefits of meditation without the boredom. And, sewing often gives me wearable garments or lovely quilts, but that is generally not my goal. If I try a few pattern modifications, and they aren’t successful, I just move right along without feeling sad about it. I feel free to explore my craft.

When I saw the Colette Laurel, I knew that this was a pattern that would do well with some “Jennifer hacks.”

Colette Patterns – Laurel dress

Pattern name: Colette Laurel. Colette describes the Laurel as... [read more]