…and so my sewing has to change. I spent this week realising just how much I didn’t know about the experience of being black in America, or in my own community. I thought I was informed, I thought I was progressive, and somehow I still had no clue. My path forward is clear as an … More Black Lives Matter
It’s my 9th year of Me-Made May, and the tenth year of the annual challenge! This year I pledged to wear patterns by Canadian designers at least 4 days a week. That way I can still wear pyjamas while working from home several days a week! I’m recording my Instagram posts here for posterity, because … More Me-Made Canadian May 2020!
I’m to the Ottawa Garment Guild on Zoom tonight about my favourite topic: Colour! I thought I’d share my slideshow here for anyone interested. DOn’t forget you can also see my full blog series by clicking Wardrobe Colour Palette in the header!
Hello! This is my first time testing for Muna and Broad, which is an exclusively plus-size pattern company. Patterns go from a 40″ waist to a 60″ waist, and *get this* they will grade up a pattern for anyone beyond that largest size FOR FREE. Swoon! These are the Willandra Pants, which were released last … More Testing the Muna and Broad Willandra Pants
Welcome to the new Jalie Patterns! Years before I became a pattern tester for them, I would start counting down to the annual release. Jalie always have mix of simple classics, modern basics, and a huge range of athletic gear which I ignore! This time I tested two patterns: The Romy Sweater and Tunic, and … More A quick post about the new Jalie Patterns!
I wear dresses a lot at work, but in lockdown, all I want to wear is flowy tops, cardigans and jeggings! To that end, I’ve ordered a bunch of pretty lightweight florals and sweater knits, and today I’m showing you two outfits. I recently posted about how I’m shifting from cool soft summer colours to … More Sewing Basics in Soft Summer and Soft Autumn Colours
I’m totally fascinated by seasonal colour typology, but also find it baffling and not very intuitive. That’s why I like my own approach of starting with the colours you already like, instead of trying to categorize yourself into someone else’s system! That said, I thought I’d show you how I finally figured out my season, … More What Season Am I? (Using your own colour palette to find out!)
Of course! Your colour palette can change for a lot of reasons: you might prefer cooler colours as your hair greys changing seasons or moving to a different climate can make your best colours get darker, lighter, warmer or cooler dyeing your hair, changing your preferred makeup or getting new glasses can change the amount … More Can a wardrobe colour palette change over time?
The simplest way to figure out what colours suit you is to start with the clothes you already love. Why reinvent the wheel? One of my favourite ongoing series here is about wardrobe colours palettes, and this spring I’m going to update some of those posts. Today I’ll show you how to use pictures of … More How to Make Your Own Wardrobe Colour Palette!
One of the joys of the sewing community is that when your privilege shows, people will tell you. And kindly and lovingly, that’s what people did for me yesterday! So, a clarification on my rant yesterday about how including front, back and side photos is so important in pattern reviews on Instagram and blogs: If … More Front, Back and Side View Pictures: Listening and Learning