Vogue Patterns gets me every summer. This time around it was the V8808–a sleeveless princess seam maxi dress with a high neck collar. Since I like to take a dramatic shape and, well, make it even more so, I paired the pattern with a fabric I was eager to work with. I recently found this…… Continue reading Electric Summer Roses: Vogue Patterns V8808
Full disclaimer: I love this Power Puff Girl dress…I mean, my freshly sewn Simplicity Cynthia Rowley 8636. Since Simplicity Patterns are hard to come by in Canada, I hadn’t yet had the chance to make one up, nor did I closely follow their new collections. However, this recent raglan ruffle top-dress pattern immediately jumped out…… Continue reading Simplicity Patterns 8636 in Blue Viscose
The Marie Gathered Midi Dress pattern, by Named Clothing, was one of my earliest attempts at successful, long lasting sewing. I made a blouse version a few years ago which has since been in constant rotation (it is always popping up on my IG!). Recently, I finally got around to making the dress version in…… Continue reading White Eyelet Marie Gathered Midi Dress
McCall’s hit the mark this season with the new M7726 paperbag waist pattern. Some IG gleaning tells me I’m far from the only one interested in this style. Plus, since the pattern comes with a slim leg, wide leg, and short options (sash too!), it offers something for anyone–anyone who likes super high waisted pants,…… Continue reading Two Versions of McCalls’s paperbag waist pant: M7726
Spring has arrived in Montreal, and I’ve made my perfect dress to match it. It’s bright yellow, puffy, and based on one of my favorite patterns, the Lempi dress from Named Clothing. A few months ago I planned a list of sewing coordinates for spring. I’ve been slowly working through my list, and you’ve probably…… Continue reading Lemon Lempi dress
I flutter back and forth between extremes on a few issues, and among them are my opinions on jeans and capsule wardrobes. I always, simultaneously, love and hate them. Both subjects provoke a collision between fantasy and reality: what do I want to wear vs what I actually wear vs what I enjoy making. This…… Continue reading High-Rise Morgan Jeans, a foundation for spring sewing.
With less time to sew than ever, I’ve developed a new outlook for selecting a project. No longer do I sew furiously and repetitively as when I learned the basics of the craft. Instead, in becoming more aware of the process of creating a quality garment (and more able!), I’m learning to concentrate on styles…… Continue reading On Sewing Upgrades: DP Studio’s le 809 coat