The Mystery Blogger Award

The Mystery Blogger Award

Thank you Sarah for nominating me for the "The Mystery Blogger Award"! Sarah is a great inspiration to me; she's not only a very talented seamstress, she's also an amazing woman, full of humour and positivity. If you haven't checked her Blog "Sew Sarah Smith" yet (which is very unlikely for my fellow sewists), I encourage [...]

Sheona Dress

Sheona Dress

Sewing a little black dress has been on my mind for quite some time, and the Sheona Dress & Top pattern was the perfect reason to finally get to it. I was very fortunate to test this lovely pattern by Athina Kakou. The pattern has 5 versions: 2 tops and 3 dresses. I decided on [...]

Tie-Front Jumpsuit

Tie-Front Jumpsuit

When I was in France recently, I did a bit of fabric shopping (obviously). I found 3 meters of a striking cotton lawn at my local fabric shop. They couldn't tell me much about it, so I took my inquiries to Google. It appears the cotton used to be available via the Sew Over It [...]

Sun Dress

Sun Dress

A quick post for a quick summer make. It's our first summer in the Midwest, and it's been very warm. I am definitely not used to these high temperatures, so I've been adjusting my wardrobe to include more lightweight and breathable pieces. One example is this striped dress in a very lightweight cotton. It was [...]

Ginger Jeans

Ginger Jeans

For as long as I can remember, I've never been a jeans person. When I was a kid, much to my mother's chagrin, I would refuse to wear jeans. As a teenager, I owned a couple of flares because they looked so good... on others. But on my short-legged self, they always felt goofy. Then [...]

Kalle Shirt

Kalle Shirt

I completed this Kalle shirt about a month ago, just before my trip to Europe. I've worn it quite a lot since then, pairing it with my favourite me-made culotte pants, self-drafted mini, or RTW jeans (RTW because I have yet to make my own jeans. It's on the agenda :)). The Kalle Shirt + [...]

Highlands Wrap Dress

Highlands Wrap Dress

I recently spent a week exploring the beautiful Spanish islands of Majorca and Menorca. I got to wear one my newest makes: The Highlands Wrap Dress. It's a beautiful, easy-to-wear dress that has options for sleeves (sleeveless or short sleeve) and dress length (midi or maxi). THE PATTERN This pattern by Allie Olson is very [...]

Iris Top

Iris Top

I'm excited to share one of my latest makes: the Iris Top. It is one of two tops released by Fresh Press Patterns for the Spring. I discovered Fresh Press Patterns on Instagram via @springatet who made the beautiful FPP's Willow Top with lovely ruffle sleeves. So when Joanna from FPP sent me a lovely [...]

Nancy Dress + Life Update

Nancy Dress + Life Update

I was ready to publish this post about my latest make, SOI's Nancy Dress, two weeks and a half ago. But on the day I planned to post it, I instead ended up in the hospital requiring emergency surgery. I've been recovering since then and am now starting to feel much better. But it's been [...]

Tencel Denim Culotte Jumpsuit

Tencel Denim Culotte Jumpsuit

I made a culotte jumpsuit! For the bodice, I used Named's Ailakki Cross Front Jumpsuit pattern. It has a beautiful cross front with keyhole detail and a V-shaped neckline at the back. I cut a size 2 and removed 1 inch from the length of the bodice. If I do another one (which is likely to happen in [...]

Little Black Dress In Lace

Little Black Dress In Lace

Happy New Year! May your 2018 be filled with love and stitches! Matthew and I spent New Year's in Akron, Ohio with his family and then stopped in Chicago for a few days on our way back to Madison. We had a great time but I'm excited to be back home and working towards my [...]

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 [...]