I’ve been known to obsess over certain patterns. My eight renditions of the Colette Moneta Dress became a topic of playful teasing among my online sewing friends. Recently I found my perfect t-shirt pattern, the Grainline Studio Lark Tee. I’ve made many t-shirts before, between tracing my own, the Sewaholic Renfrew, the Deer and Doe… Continue reading Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop – More Grainline Lark Tees!
When I first started sewing again in 2011, I thought I was going to save SEW. MUCH. MONEY. by refashioning a lot of old clothes or bed sheets or whatever was around the house. Little did I know that I would fall so in love with fabric shopping (and hoarding) that I decided it was… Continue reading My First Successful Refashions!
I didn’t think I could love the Sewaholic Granville Shirt any more… that is, until I made it sleeveless! The Granville is becoming a staple wardrobe piece for me. I made 2 long-sleeved versions (here and here) so I needed something a little more summer-in-the-desert friendly. I followed this tutorial on making the Granville sleeveless… Continue reading A Sleeveless Granville Shirt – The First of Many More!
Now that I’m getting more and more into hand embroidery, it’s only natural that I dip into sashiko embroidery, given my love of all things Japanese. Earlier this year, I went to a sewing/quilting expo and attended an informational panel about sashiko embroidery. For those who aren’t in the loop, sashiko is defined literally as… Continue reading A Sashiko Chambray Scout Tee
Just like jeans and trousers, finding shorts that actually fit me in retail stores is a challenge. I blame dat booty (not to mention the fashion industry for thinking most women don’t have curves). After the success of my Ginger Jean Shorts, I was ready to expand my closet with more well-fitting shorts. Although I… Continue reading Grainline Maritime Shorts
This has been a really tough year for my Grandma. She was hospitalized 3 times since February with a shattered femur, broken hip, and atrial fibrillation respectively. But she’s always been tough and she got through each one – and at age 87, to boot! Since she’s in Louisiana and I’m in Arizona, I felt… Continue reading Putting My Heart into Hand Embroidery
Other than The Little Mermaid, another obsession I had growing up was anime. And like many teens in the late ’90’s, I fell in love with everyone’s favorite Pretty Soldier – Sailor Moon! I’ve been wanting to translate my love of anime into sewing (Totoro applique on a skirt? Embroidered Ranma 1/2 shirt?), and I… Continue reading Moon Prism Power! Sailor Moon-Inspired Ginger Jean Shorts
The ’90’s are back in the fashion world and I am so stoked. I like the mix of feminine and grunge, so I had to make an outfit to pay homage to my teenage years. Check out the full post on my outfit and thoughts on my teenage style over at the Cali Fabrics Cali… Continue reading Feminine Grunge with Grainline Studio’s Lark Tee and Colette’s Zinnia Skirt
Oops, I did it again. I’ve gone and made two more Grainline Lindens! These are my 5th and 6th Lindens and the 2nd and 3rd which are short-sleeved. (See my first here, second and third here, and fourth here.) What can I say, it’s a great pattern! In between obtaining new fabrics every so often,… Continue reading Summer Grainline Linden Tees
I had all the right intentions while making the Colette Negroni shirt for DD. I bought nice chambray from Cali Fabrics and even made a muslin to test the fit. After making a couple of adjustments, I set to work and…. behold!…. another top that’s kind of “meh.” I guess it doesn’t look too bad,… Continue reading Unselfish Sewing: A Colette Negroni