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

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Capsule travel wardrobe: Family wedding

Earlier this month we flew to Virginia for 10 days to attend my brother's wedding. The trip coincided with a cold front that plunged temperatures into the high 30s and low 40s. I needed to pack for casual hanging out with family and friends, two weekends at church, a rehearsal luncheon and a wedding. 

What to pack for a 10-day trip. Capsule travel wardrobe.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

New Look 6582 sewing pattern review

Review of the New Look 6582 sewing pattern.

I'm so glad to have finally sewed this fabric, which I bought more than three years ago. I've always loved it but just didn't have a pattern for it. Then this summer I bought New Look 6582 and a match was made.

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.