This pattern really requires precision. While princess seams to the shoulder seam make shoulder adjustments easier, it leaves a 4 square on top of the shoulder. If you are short like me, everyone can see if it doesn’t match up. Lots of curved seams with tricky match points like the waist yoke seams (CB back here across the … More V8972 aka Princess Dress update
One of my co-workers inspired this skirt. She often wears maxis at work and I love it! I used a Navy knit from Jo-Anns. I think it was listed as “ponte roma.” It is softer than traditional “ponte”, but still has a thicker “bottom weight” feel that lighter jersey. It is a cotton/poly/spandex blend. Of … More I heart Maxi skirts!
I know it sounds like I’m drinking wine, but in reality I am talking about the name for this year’s color of the year from Pantone Marsala, which they describe as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red”. Thank God they picked a color I like! I plan to buy some nail polish and some fabric … More Happy New Year with Marsala
Over the past 3 years I have learned a lot. Most importantly, I have learned that just knowing how to sew is not enough to achieve the look I want. Fashion Trends + Amazing Fit + Smart Choices = Fabulous With the Silhouette Project, I have been playing with a ton of shapes, colors, and most … More New Year, New Projects, and New Colors!
My blog is 3 years old! Can you believe it! He’s 3 too! I can’t believe it! I made him this set of PJs for Christmas (a size too big for room to grow). Isn’t he such a ham? Yeah, I did make a few others and a set of bottoms for myself, but nothing exciting. … More Holiday PJs and my Blogiversary
I have a fabric addiction. I hit the Black Friday Sale over at Fabric Mart. I ordered 50 yards of fabric for a per yard price of $4.27. All are wool, rayon, or silk. All are of infinitely better quality than what I can purchase at a chain store and cheaper. Yep, that should be … More Black Friday Fun!
Here it is! I know it is overdue. I completely missed the contest deadline, but I’m okay with that. Photos of me courtesy of my lovely co-faculty member Anabel B.! Final numbers: -5.5-6 yds Stash Fabric -$14.63 for notions and thread not in stash Not bad for a versatile mini-collection. I want to continue building work … More My C.A.T. Collection is Complete!
Meet my mini-wardrobe C.A.T. or Casual Autumn Transitional Mini-Wardrobe. Remember I live in the tropics, so this is not “northern” style. My goal was inspired by this sentence I wrote when I began my silhouette project: I also tend to sacrifice my “look” for comfort, but I should really be looking for a way to meld the two … More My First Silhouette Project Collection
I realized after posting the dress pattern pieces, I should have shown you the projects that I fell in love with. I have taken those loveable pieces and tweaked them into TNT (Tried-n-True) patterns for my “go to” box. It took a few months, but I did have some method to my madness and worked in … More Silhouette Project: Skirt Update
While trying various styles as part of my Silhouette project, I have filled my closet with wearable muslins of multiple skirts, dresses, and blouses. I love some, hate a few, and found most are “okay” but don’t inspire a blog post. Now, I want to return to my first love: professional/advanced sewing techniques! These will invariably include technical explanations like my wool jacket … More The Perfect Princess Dress: Pattern Selection