Lois Dress

Lois Dress

With temperatures dropping and winter on its way, it's perhaps not the greatest time to make a summer dress with the deepest v-neck I ever dared to wear... But that's what turtlenecks and tights are for, right? Regardless of its seasonality, I enjoyed sewing this Lois midi dress very much. Tessuti's instructions were extremely detailed, [...]

Tilly and the Buttons’ Etta

Tilly and the Buttons’ Etta

At last... 🎶My Etta dress is finally done. It took one helluva long time! More on that later, but first, the pattern: Tilly And The Buttons’ Etta is a flattering fitted dress that falls just below the knee, my favorite length. The dress is shaped with darts at the bust, waist and shoulders. It has lined [...]

Panel Skirt and Boxy Top

Panel Skirt and Boxy Top

They say Wisconsin is beautiful in autumn, full of wonderful foliage changing all sorts of colours. While I anxiously await this fall technicolour display, another autumn display -- one I actually have control over -- is my fall wardrobe! To start it off, I've just completed this technicolour (okay, tri-colour) vegan suede panel skirt with [...]

Anna Dress

Anna Dress

The Story: I remember seeing By Hand London's beautiful Anna Dress when the pattern was released years ago: a long, flattering maxi dress with a daring thigh-high split. It looked superb on everyone I saw wearing it, but I convinced myself it wouldn't look anything like that on me. Fast-forward four years: after seeing many beautiful [...]

Amandine Sheath Dress

Amandine Sheath Dress

Sewing For Friends Part 2: Amandine’s Sheath Dress One day, Amandine told me she had been checking my blog and happened upon this dress. She asked if I might make a similar one for her. I was all too happy to oblige! What immediately came to mind was a beautiful 1960’s fabric that I had [...]

Mini Dress

Mini Dress

We’re finally settled into our new home here in Madison, and I’m so happy to get back to sewing. My most recent make is a cute “mini dress” from BurdaStyle magazine. It has a teardrop shape at the neckline, a contrast yoke and my favorite design element: pockets with accent bands. What’s great about this [...]

Laura’s Summer Dress

Laura’s Summer Dress

Sewing for friends is so much fun! Laura wanted a summer dress that she could wear to her sister's wedding, and we decided the classic silhouette of a strapless bustier and a 3/4 circle skirt would suit the occasion perfectly. Laura and I share a love for bold, beautiful prints. She picked this Kaffee Fasset [...]

Simplicity 1197

Simplicity 1197

The Story: I sometimes visit clothing websites to inspire my next sewing project. During one of these visits (ModCloth), I fell in love with a cute floral trench. Upon seeing the coat on the website, my thought was, "Wow, I love it so much, I must have it!" This rarely occurs, so I decided to listen to [...]

McCall’s 7241

McCall’s 7241

This dress has a semi-fitted bodice with side front seams, a zipper at the back and a pleated skirt. Bowie's "Golden Years" was stuck in my head for most of the time I worked on this dress. It could be the dress's colour, its suitability for soul music dancing, or that, at any given time, the chances [...]

BurdaStyle Vintage Jane

BurdaStyle Vintage Jane

This short sleeve mini dress pattern is part of the BurdaStyle 1960s Vintage Collection. Wearing the dress is like slipping into 1960s Swinging London, somewhere and sometime I’ve always wished to visit. This might be as close as I get! The beautiful floral fabric dates to the late fifties, and I found it in a Bellingham antique shop [...]

My Wedding Dress

My Wedding Dress

This post is a bit special for two reasons: First, today is the anniversary of my inaugural post! One year old already! A great time to reflect how infrequently I have posted this past year and how determined I am to post more often in the coming one. Second, I made my wedding dress! Independent of [...]