You guys. I have to start by saying I am so touched and encouraged by everyone’s kind reactions to my last post about why I stopped buying new clothes! I loved hearing how many of you are doing the same and I loved all the detailed questions. It just means so much to me. Truly. I was feeling pretty vulnerable about writing that post and I feel like you all responded with a hearty “Go For It!” Thank you, thank you, thank you! I will be sure to write more as the year progresses now that I know people are interested.
Meanwhile, I have been chipping away at my ‘make’ list and have started with t-shirts because it is first on the list for Project Sew It. Welcome to the story of the plantain tee in white, ocean and cat. Yup. Cat! (more…)
Ah, guys. I made the Sallie jumpsuit and I’m feeling a lot of feelings. I think it might be a Wonder Woman suit or a power suit or secret pajamas. Or all of these things. It’s comfortable and wide-legged and a little bit amazing. (more…)
I made myself an olive and pink everyday blouse, y’all. And, it’s ticking all the happy boxes.
Tremendously wearable but not at all boring. Check! Comfortable but not frumpy. Check! Full of elegant but not-at-all fussy details. Check! Fulfills my commitment to make a blouse for Project Sew It. Check! Awesome addition to my handmade closet. Check! Check! check!
I’ve been crushing on this pattern since it came out. The Everyday Blouse was released through UpCraft Club and designed by Rachel, the Brazilian designer and endlessly talented sewist behind House of Pinhiero. (more…)
Hey, happy August everyone. I figured it was probably about time that I wrote down and owned up to my summer wardrobe planning and scheming. You know, before the summer itself ends.
The back story is this, during Me Made May I had a bit of a reckoning (it’s not the first time, MMM does this to me). My handmade wardrobe was out of touch with what I actually wear. I managed to wear something handmade every day in May but I wasn’t always pulling something I loved out of the closet in order to accomplish it. I realize May was a long time ago in blogger years but the point I am making is that still, even after SO MUCH sewing, I am not that great at sewing for my actual real life. Considering I’m actively trying to be aware and sew for real life, well…it was a frustrating realization to say the least. I took a look at those items I did want to wear regularly and realized something pretty quickly; my most-worn handmade clothes are versatile, comfortable and low-key. Everything pictured below was worn more than once. (more…)
When Celina Bailey of Petit a Petit and Family announced her Project Sew it idea I had to join in. She’s joining together great sewing talents and committing to sewing one item a month, for most participants it seems to be a garment but it’s up to each individual and anyone can join. I’m such a big fan of Celina’s style and inspired by her creativity plus I already make myself an item of clothing a month. Project Sew it is a natural fit. Yet, while I do make lot of clothing I’m using my Project Sew It time as an opportunity to focus and make garments that are a little more complicated or require stretching my skills a bit. My January garment is this gauzy Cheyenne Tunic in double gauze. I was a pattern tester for the Cheyenne tunic, a Hey June pattern, so I was familiar with the pattern but working in the double gauze meant I had to take my time and work carefully. (more…)