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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]