Right after making a rayon challis version of the Cielo top, I jumped into making a Cielo dress and Pietra Shorts! (Yes, I do have an entire dress wedged down these shorts – care to see it?) Voila! It’s sewn crossgrain in a rayon crepe fabric that was $3/m and interesting enough to try. (This … More Sewing Wovens: More Closet Case Patterns Rome collection!
Happy Canada Day, everyone! I love supporting Canadian pattern designers and fabric stores, so I thought it would be fun to run coast to coast and highlight our talented sewing community! We are small, but mighty! First, a land acknowledgement because celebrating Canada means we must also face our complicated colonial history. My home is … More Sew Canada!
Picture this: It’s the last day of school before two months of vacation; you’ve had a rough year personally and professionally; and the pattern designer who fits your body shape best has just released three new patterns. What did I do? I bought them all! Now, I’d like to acknowledge a few things up front. … More Trying the Closet Case Cielo Top
After I pattern tested for the most recent Jalie collection, they offered us all an additional pattern for each one we tested. I jumped at the chance to get the Nikita Workout Tank, which has really fun seamlines! And of course, I turned it into a maxi, just like I did with another Jalie pattern … More Jalie Nikita Workout Tank as Maxi Dress!
“That’s not a top, Gillian!” you say. Well, you are right. I’ll show you my tester version of the cropped Ashton Top but this linen I bought for testing turned out to be so rainbow-riffic that I couldn’t bear to use just part of it on a top! Pattern testing is work, and the “free” … More Testing the Helen’s Closet Ashton Top!
I’ve been making myself a fun new dress for my birthday for the past few years, and I love the tradition. The last few have been maxis, so this year I made short dress instead! Behold the glory of its twirliness!!! It is three patterns mashed up: Cashmerette Dartmouth for the bodice, Comino Cap for … More Birthday Dress, 2019 Edition!
I’m coming in a bit late on this MMMay wrap up, but that’s ok, right? My final week of Me-Made May was all about Maxi dresses, which are my favourite thing to sew. More specifically: sleeveless maxi dresses in ITY knit! 22: A maxi mashup from 2017 – a self-lined Jalie tank as the bodice, … More Me-Made May 2019: Maxi Week!
A coworker once got into my car and burst out laughing. “Gillian,” she said, “I thought you were so put together but this car is a mess!” She was right – if you ride with me, be prepared to be ankle deep in empty soda water cans and Timbit boxes! In the end, she sent … More Insides Revealed!
Week 1 was pants, Week 2 was dresses… and now we are on to Week 3: Jumpsuits! I have 4 jumpsuits, and I thought about making more or wearing them twice to be able to do a full week… but the perfect jumpsuit plan didn’t spring to mind, and I decided just to have a … More Me-Made May 2019, Week 3: Jumpsuits!
Have you ever noticed how hard it is to buy hot pink fabric in adult prints? Particularly if you hate cotton jersey like I do. So after I gave away my only hot pink dress at a clothing swap this spring, I suddenly decided I NEED MORE PINK! Luckily Jamie offered to drive me to … More Pink is my favourite part!