Remember the accidental skirt? The one that was the bottom half of a hacked Sanibel dress? Well, what remained of the top half was calling to me and frankly, would not shut up. My close and tearful assessment of the top was that it had three main complications, a) it was voluminous at the hem, b) I had made a lining that was a bit smaller than the outer portion so it didn’t lay straight, and c) it was too short. You know, I’ll just come out and say it: the top is CROPPED and VOLUMINOUS. I mean, what the what? Who am I? Is this Hot Topic?
I wanted to give up on this top and I put it on the dress form in the studio because I didn’t know what else to do. It looked really pretty up there and kept inviting me to try get back together. I blame it on the neckline. I reached out to Instagram, as you do, and got lots of fantastic ideas (sewists are really the best people). Lots of people suggested adding a band to the bottom, Jess (coralbunnyandlo) even suggested adding a wide lace band for a boho look, which I thought was brilliant. And I tried. I really tried to make something like that work. But, you know what? It wasn’t working. I had the darn ‘too small lining’ thing going on and it kept making puckers. (more…)
Among the t-shirts and jeans and shorts and other standards in a closet is another, more exciting wardrobe basic…the dressy but not too dressy top. It’s the top that does all the work for you; not requiring any extra effort from other items of clothing. Know what I mean? You can throw it over jeans for effortless styling while running errands or put it on for a low-key date night or kid’s performance at school. It’s the “I have an everyday thing I’m going to that’s a little bit more than a mundane thing but not an exciting, over the top thing”. It’s always been a bit of a closet unicorn for me. Easy to imagine but hard to find.
It seems, however, that my moment has come. I have found my unicorn in this navy and coral Datura Top. This top is going to work-it-work-it for me.
It’s quite possible that hidden inside of most sewists is a desire to make dresses for little girls. I’m don’t even think it stems from a longing to put clothing on a small being. It’s really about two factors with irresistible appeal, 1) little girl dresses look great in fun fabrics and 2) they don’t involve complicated fitting issues. Basically, kid bodies are popsicle sticks and little girls look adorable in every print known to the universe. Whether or not one gets to follow through on this perfect sewing storm depends on circumstance and for me the circumstances rarely arrive. It’s the downside of having two wild boys.
I could feel the pull to make a girly dress getting stronger, though, when I received the Sundressing book and it was full of so much cuteness for little girls. So many cute dresses! I hatched a little plan to make one for a friend’s daughter but didn’t realize it was going to turn into an all-around magical adventure. My friend Sabrina is a super talented photographer and we decided on a swap…she would spend a few hours giving me a one-on-one photography lesson and I would make her daughter a dress. What a win. I really want to improve my photography so I was thrilled she agreed. All of these gorgeous photos are hers, by the way, I’ve not mastered it yet! But, I’m really hoping that as I work with her, you will start to notice the difference. By the way, don’t miss exploring her website, it’s stunning and heartwarming. (more…)
Hello friends. I’m not exactly sure how it happened but it has been nearly a month since an update. It was completely unintentional but it turned out to be a ridiculously busy time; I had a birthday (41!) and my sister got married. In fact, I was the officiant at my sister’s wedding. It was a beautiful honor to marry my sister to her incredible husband but I was really nervous. I did manage to get through the whole ceremony without too many tears. Score! Nobody wants a blubbering officiant. I wish my recent sewing had been as successful as my words, but no luck. Instead, I present to you this accidental skirt. (more…)
I know. You didn’t even know that a ‘mountain-scape tunic’ was a thing? Because it is not. And, you know whose closet doesn’t need one? This girl. I got started on this idea after seeing a top in a random catalog I receive called Poetry. Except their top was darker colors and more artsy-looking. (It doesn’t look like it’s even available anymore.) I thought I would recreate it and then my brain piped up with a contribution of its own, “what is better than a top? The answer is always a tunic! Let’s make ours special by making a tunic! Yeah, a tunic!” So, I shopped for a similar fabric and found this mountain-scape fabric on the Mood website. It was brighter and more figurative but was the closest I could find. So, I went for it. My brain is still excited and egging me on. “Yes! A bright and detailed mountain-scape tunic!” Well, as it turns out I don’t need a mountain-scape tunic. Like, I don’t need it at all. (more…)
As I was planning my handmade summer wardrobe I happened to set my mustard striped knit fabric down next to my pepper-colored laguna knit fabric and I knew immediately it was true love. These two belong together in the land of ‘Hell Yes, we are Cozy’! So, I decided to make a Julia Cardigan in pepper knit to pair with my softest ever Union St. Tee in mustard and cream. I have essentially sewn my own hug that is also dinner. Is there anything better? (more…)
Sometimes it’s the basics that really count, isn’t it? I had just enough of this mustard and cream striped knit fabric leftover from Cloud 9 Fabrics left to make a Union St. Tee. It’s so soft and cozy, which is good and lovely and all but the color is what really wins me over about this fabric. Perfection. (more…)
There is always a little niggle in the back of my mind when I make something for the first time. Much as I love pattern hacking I mostly avoid major pattern tweaks on a first try. I follow the rules of the pattern on my initial attempt. I do this mostly so I can discern whether an un-altered pattern will fit me as-is and to be certain the pattern makes sense. It’s very logical but it means I forgo any alterations I want to make. That can make me eager to stitch up a second option soon after the first. Most of the time, this doesn’t make a ton of practical sense. Why have two different colors of the same shirt when I really only need one? You know. But, it bothers me, hence the niggle. I have these fun alteration ideas and have to walk away from that particular brain wormhole, leaving behind all these adaptations that never come to be. The urge was too strong with the Sanibel Romper, though. I was compelled to try out a summer-y version; I couldn’t resist the wormhole so down I went. Enter, the fancy pants summer romper. (There is also a dress version disaster but I’ll share that later because oof..of course, if you follow me on IG you may have some idea). (more…)