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

Monday, September 16, 2019

Janome Magnolia 7325 Review

Review of the Janome Magnolia 7325 sewing machine.

I bought a new sewing machine a little over 2 years ago, and I've been making notes since to write a review.  Recently I was asked how I liked my machine, so I thought it was time to publish this post.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Plantains again

Today I've got a couple more Plantain tees to show you, which I think brings my total up to roughly 11,000 items sewn from this pattern.

I made both tees from the original (non-updated) pattern in a size 40 shoulder widened to a 42 under the armscye and size 42 sleeves.  I think, at a glance, these tees look like they fit perfectly well, and I certainly would agree, were I to happen on them in a store.  But as usual, here I am picking apart every wrinkle and pucker.  Every time I critique the fit of my garments, I get encouraging comments saying that I'm too hard on myself, etc.  And I totally appreciate and get that.   I do wear these tees a lot, so my fit critiques don't really hinder the amount of use I get from a garment.  I just find that I kind of enjoy analyzing fit issues. I guess it's almost like a secondary hobby to my sewing. Anyone else do this?


Monday, September 9, 2019

Men's Shirt Pattern Showdown: Fairfield Button-Up vs. All-Day Shirt

Pattern review comparing the Liesl & Co. All-Day Shirt to the Thread Theory Fairfield Button-Up.

Let me begin with a disclaimer: I am not a menswear sewing expert. But I have tried to branch out from pajama pants and t-shirts when sewing for my husband. I've sewn eight men's shirts in the last two years, using three patterns - the Colette Negroni, the Thread Theory Fairfield Button-Up Shirt, and most recently, the Liesl & Co. All-Day Shirt.  While sewing the All-Day Shirt, I was comparing it to the Fairfield every step of the way. I thought others might be interested in the comparisons too, so I wrote them up. I'm comparing the two patterns on the parameters of fit; pattern format and instructions; pattern options; and finally construction and finishes.  I hope someone out there will find this useful!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Another birthday Fairfield


I made my husband another Fairfield Shirt for his birthday.  The last one I made him was for his last birthday, and he still wears it all the time.  Like the last time, I made him up a medium, graded to a large in the chest and waist.  I sewed the sleeves at the prescribed length (last time I messed around bit with the length).

Friday, August 30, 2019

July and August 2019

There was no sewing this month.  Instead, I bought 23 patterns and nearly 22 yards of fabric.


Monday, August 26, 2019

No-pattern gathered jersey skirt


DIY gathered jersey skirt you can sew without a pattern.

Way back in May, continuing with my theme of sewing for summer while living in a city that never sees summer, I got an idea in my head for a floaty, softly gathered knit skirt.  I had the perfect knit in my stash - this gorgeous green rayon/lycra jersey that I've been hoarding a couple years (and which I also used for my Simplicity 1358 maxi dress).

Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Suitcase Files


Something you should know about me: I love a good peek into someone's suitcase. Nothing will get me to click over to a post from Bloglovin' faster than the promise of a good packing-for-vacation post. I've shared my own on Instagram a handful of times (see here and here and here), but since I recently had to pack my suitcase for seven weeks of travel, I thought I'd do a more in-depth post of the sort that I like to read.