My first post for Cali Fabrics is now up! I made this maxi in early July, using the Comino Cap bodice, and the skirt from the Sallie Jumpsuit and Dress pattern. I can tell this dress is a favourite because it’s what I reached for on the first day of ESL camp, and another time to … More Paint Daub Maxi
Ta-da! It’s my latest tent dress! This one is the Groove Dress, which has both a child and a adult version. It comes with a bunch of variations, like short and long sleeves, a cowl and hood, and a high-low hem or straight hem. There is some interesting shaping: the side seams don’t flare out until under … More Tent Dress Trials – The Groove Dress
I’m always a year or two behind trends – I don’t like them when they are breaking, but by year two, I’m like, “YAS! I need culottes/jumpsuits/whatever!” That’s where I’m at with tent dresses. Call ’em what you like – trapeze dresses, swing dresses – I want them! I toyed with the idea just a … More Tent Dress Trials
For my birthday, I decided to treat myself to a more luxury fabric experience: Linen knit! Italian linen knit, as my fabric store labelled it, because that makes it sound fancier, right? I don’t know if all linen knits are similar, or if there is a lot of range… but mine is a thin, slightly … More Trying something new: Linen knit!
It’s not often I sew something solid black… but one thing my wardrobe lacks is “good” clothes for going out or to events. (Do I go out or to events? Um, no. Stop being logical. I’m justifying sewing more clothes!) This is a black crepe knit version of the Hey June Santa Fe top. Like my … More A Grown-Up Santa Fe
Happy birthday to me! I’m turning 34 today, and so of course, I had to make a new dress! Behold, a sleeveless maxi Cashmerette Appleton! My previous two Appletons (1, 2) have been very work-appropriate… but I’m trying to build a sassier, sexier wardrobe for outside work hours. After all, I’m 34 and never going to … More Birthday Dress!
Behold, my first jumpsuit! And as I informed my husband when I made this one, I might be wearing a lot of jumpsuits this summer. I”m a year late to this pattern, but I’m in love! This is a wearable muslin, with no adjustments except shortening the leg. I’m really pleased with how well it … More Sallie Jumpsuit
In the continuing Cashmerette-ization of my wardrobe, I bring you: a Concord Dress! I’ve been dreaming of a ruffle-hemmed shift dress for a few months, and very nearly stuck a ruffle on my trusty Ultimate Shift Dress pattern… but then the mood struck for a simple knit dress, and I used the Concord pattern instead! Wearing … More Concord Dress
Yesterday I posted a rundown comparing the pros and cons of my favourite t-shirt patterns. I was feeling stuck about which style to make for spring – happily through the process of writing, I remember how much I like ALL the patterns! I stopped overthinking it and cut out 4 different patterns that night: Plantain, Comino, Kristen … More Types of T-Shirts, Continued!
A tee seems so basic… but there are just so many styles! For the past couple of seasons, I’ve found myself reflecting on what silhouette of tee I want to sew and wear. Classic, drapey, or boxy? High neckline or scoop? Long, super long, or medium-short? There’s the matter of style, but also what is … More Types of T-Shirts