When you’re living in another country for a long time, it’s inevitable that you’ll become homesick before too long. That was the case for me during the winter holidays here in Japan. So instead of spending 100% of my time feeling cold and homesick, I decided to make an embroidery that reminded me of home!… Continue reading What to do when homesick? Bring home to you, of course! A nostalgic embroidery piece
Spring is here! Summer is around the corner! Let us all rejoice in the warmer temperatures! Let us rejoice in only needing to wear one pair of socks! And no more layers of thermal underwear! Yayyy! Other than leaving behind the bleak winter, one of the best parts of Japanese spring is seeing the sakura… Continue reading A Sakura Daruma Grainline Alder Shirt
Where am I? What year is it? Happy 2019, everyone! I wish I could come up with a wittier title and a cooler project, but that’s about all I have to share right now. We have entered deep winter in Japan and I’m in a particularly snowy and wet area. There is no insulation in… Continue reading Japanese Seat Cushion Covers
I’ve always had issues finding the perfect button-down blouse. Store-bought shirts would either be too tight in the shoulders and back, or too tight in the hip area. Thank God for the joy of sewing and the plethora of indie patterns that allow me to finally feel comfortable in button-down shirts! I’ve had lots of… Continue reading My First Long-Sleeved Deer and Doe Melilot Shirt
Last year, I made the most Christmas-y dress I could… with green velvet! I had some of that awesome fabric left over, so I made a top from it! Check out my new Grainline Linden shirt: I took these pictures in Takaoka, Japan. It’s about a 45-50 minute drive from where I’m currently living. DD… Continue reading A Festive Fall Grainline Linden!
One of the many things I am grateful for when I moved to Japan is all of the help I received from other JET participants and coworkers. You would think since I’ve done this before that it would be easy and I would know what I’m doing. WRONG. I’m in a new prefecture, 11 years… Continue reading Thank-you Embroideries
*I drafted this post before my move overseas, so here’s me in Tucson! And slightly late on the summer sewing posts, whoopsie!* I love free patterns but sometimes the drafting quality leaves a lot to be desired. I can’t blame them, though, because… well, it’s FREE! I was iffy about the Peppermint Peplum Top from… Continue reading Free and Cute Peplum Top? Count Me In!
…Or I’ll at least keep making more Little Mermaid clothes and live vicariously as a mermaid through them! I saw this knit Little Mermaid fabric at Joann’s and just had to get the last yard! I’ve been on the lookout for a TLM print in something more wearable than quilting cotton or that cheap-feeling satin… Continue reading Someday I’ll Be Part of Your World
My love for hand embroidery and Japan have been well-documented on Sew RED-y. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’ve combined the two to make anime-inspired embroideries! Every [cool] girl that grew up in the ’90s is familiar with Sailor Moon. Who wouldn’t love the idea of your average high school girl actually being… Continue reading Sailor Moon and Totoro Hand Embroidery
When you live in a place where it’s summer for 9 months out of the year, you need good warm weather staples. True Bias offers two of the best patterns to make your summer a little more bearable – the Lander Pants/Shorts and Ogden Cami. I’ve made both patterns before (here and here), so both… Continue reading Summer Stylin’ – True Bias Lander Shorts and Ogden Cami