Ségur Summer Dress

Ségur Summer Dress

We just spent a relaxing Sunday afternoon on the Lake Mendota shoreline and I got to wear my newest make for the first time. Ségur is a lovely summery top and dress pattern by Cozy Little World. There are lots of variations to play with, and I decided on the ruffled button-front dress. I typically don’t [...]

Saraste Shirt Dress

Saraste Shirt Dress

I just completed a Saraste Shirt Dress from Named Clothing's book Breaking the Pattern. The Saraste is a semi-fitted shirt dress with a gathered skirt. It’s my second project from Breaking the Pattern (I made the Ruska knit dress) and I’m really fond of this collection of designs. They are simple yet full of interesting details [...]

Kimberly Dress

Kimberly Dress

Athina just released a new dress pattern, the Kimberly, and I’ve been lucky to be able to test it for her. The Kimberly has a beautiful, classic silhouette with a half circle skirt, a soft V-neck and optional long sleeves and pockets. This was the first time sewing this style of garment since my wedding [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]