Well the temps are not in the 90’s anymore, so that means it’s time to bust out some cool weather clothes! (It’s actually in the high 80’s… Sad, I know – desert living for ya!) I found the perfect cardigan pattern when Helen of Helen’s Closet released the Blackwood Cardigan. I made one earlier this… Continue reading A Cozy Striped Blackwood Cardigan
I am lucky to have some really great friends and even luckier that some inspire me creatively. One of my good friends is currently winning at life and has her own New Orleans designs for sale at Threadless.com and now has her own Etsy shop selling the cutest mermaid prints! We met in high school… Continue reading A Hand-Embroidered Mermaid for a Mer-Friend
It might seem like a bummer to use your precious sewing time to make things for work, but I actually enjoy it! Wearing my me-mades to work gives me something to look forward to and makes getting dressed in the mornings fun. (Hey, gotta get my kicks in where I can…) I have a new… Continue reading Chambray Granville Work Shirts
I may need some help to determine if this make is going to be a contender for Fail February or not. Friends, please help! I had pretty good luck with the Colette Zinnia Skirt since I wear the heck out of the olive green chiffon one I made for Cali Fabrics. I also am enjoying… Continue reading A Colette Zinnia Skirt which Needs an Honest Opinion
I’ve been crushing hard on the Deer and Doe Melilot Shirt since it came out almost 2 years ago. I finally kicked my butt into gear to make it! This is a result of more stash-busting as I’ve had this purple chiffon from GirlCharlee.com for a good while. The Melilot seems to do well with… Continue reading A Deer and Doe Melilot
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