A sewing blog about building a functional, cohesive handmade wardrobe, one garment at a time.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Mostly handmade capsule travel wardrobe: Toronto

I got so much encouragement after my last capsule wardrobe post, that I decided to do another one. I took a trip earlier this month to visit my elderly great-aunt, who lives in Toronto. My trip was timed just a week too late, as the temperature dropped to the 40s a few days before I arrived.

Here's what I took along:

DIY capsule wardrobe for a long weekend in Toronto.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Self-drafted t-shirt pattern

Draft a custom-fit t-shirt sewing pattern.

I should start by noting that this all started quite on a whim. A true flight of fancy. And as they are prone to do, this particular fancy has already flown. But I thought someone might be interested in reading about my experience dipping my toe into the world of pattern drafting, so here we are.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

October 2019

October was nuts. We had a birthday, a trip to the Amazon and our 12th anniversary. I had been in a bit of sewing rut, but this month pulled me out of it.  I made a few things for myself and sewed a lot for my kids, which was one of my goals for this year.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

McCalls 7435 cowl-neck top

McCalls 7435 is a ridiculous pattern.  And clearly, everyone knew it but me, because it is out of print, and I've only found Internet evidence that three other people ever made it.  I'm sharing this review mostly just to talk about the sheer insanity that is this pattern, and also to talk about why I kind of love my finished garment and am going to be wearing it all the time.

Cozy cowl-neck sweater made from the McCalls 7435 sewing pattern.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Sewing fairy godmother


I've mentioned our "sewing fairy godmother" on this blog a few times. She's a very special lady who brightened up a very dark time in our lives by making beautiful clothes for my kids while my husband was recovering from his stroke. I've finally written our story, and today I am sharing it on the Oliver+S blog. Click over to have a read!

Sunday, October 27, 2019

10 real-life sewing rooms


I love a good sewing room tour. Since we move so often, I get to set up a new sewing room every few years, and I guess that's why I never tire of reading about other people's sewing spaces. I've rounded up some of my favorites from the Internet - and they're not all picture-perfect Pinterest spaces. In addition to the coveted dedicated sewing room, I've included some small sewing spaces and some shared sewing spaces (which is the category that most of my sewing spaces have fallen into).

Read on for inspiration!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Leopard print Simplicity 1059 dress


I sewed a second Simplicity 1059 dress - a swishy, drapey, dramatic sleeve-y leopard print confection that is really, really hard to photograph.