Pining for Flannel

We have been enjoying crisp, clear early Spring weather here, so I’ve been indulging in the comfort of cozy flannel while I still can. I love a gloriously warm Spring day as much as the next person, but there is always a limit to that enjoyment for me. As soon as the weather starts consistently…

Powerhouse Plaid Skirt

It’s strange days we are walking through. My daily life (and some major life events) have been massively disrupted, just like everyone else’s, but one small grace in all this has been enforced time to sew and to write. I am finding that now, as ever, making is keeping me sane. I’m sharing an older…

The Negroni Shirt and More Etymology than you might expect from a sewing blog

I will be upfront with you – this post is rather self-indulgent as it combines three of my favorite things: my fiancé, sewing, and etymology. And here we have my first attempt at sewing men’s clothing! … which is suspiciously identical to sewing women’s clothing. Once you’ve sewn one button-up, there isn’t that much variation…

Betty Dress Hack

Sometime last year I received a free copy of the Sew Over It Betty Dress pattern: a very classic, simple dress design with a full circle skirt, bust darts for shaping, and a center back zip. The pattern design makes an endlessly versatile canvas to show off a special fabric or to experiment with design…

What do you do with 4.5 yards of sparkly plaid fabric?

Stick it in a cupboard for five-ish years and then make an Elsie dress, apparently! This project began roughly five years ago, back when I found this delightful stretch cotton in G Street Fabrics’ dollar-a-yard section. The plaid fabric is mid-weight and tightly woven with subtle gold sparkles, so of course I bought all the…

Sew Over It Charlotte Dress

I excel at over-thinking things. This blog and the fact that I wrote a doctoral dissertation are arguably evidence of this attribute, but the task that is being overthought in this case would be getting dressed in the morning. I will freely acknowledge that my expectations for my wardrobe may be unreasonable. I demand comfort,…

Blue Aster Blouse

Well, sort of… the cute little flowers on this fabric aren’t quite asters, but the blouse pattern is named Aster. There is some similarity in flower shape, but really only in a general sense. Artistic license? Or is that poetic license? Aster is a highly versatile basic blouse pattern from Colette patterns, which has a…

Swimming in Stripes Skirt

If you’ve read this blog recently, you may already be familiar with the delightful fabric used to make this skirt. It’s a lightweight rayon twill in a very conventional blue and white stripe that has been flooded with an exuberant school of goldfish! The skirt pattern is the ubiquitous Hollyburn Skirt from Sewaholic patterns. You…

Setting Sun Penny Shirt Dress

What is this? Is this a blog post?! What is that doing around here?! Sincere apologies to any would-be regular readers of this blog – I’ve been having a bit of an existential blog crisis now that my initial reasons for writing have largely been resolved. I’m not certain that I’ve entirely sorted out what the blog…

Swimming in Stripes

  My dim childhood memories of hot summer days growing up in the ’90s are largely populated by fresh rayon dresses in dark floral prints. The fabric seemed like magic; soft, pretty, and inexplicably cool even in the most miserable weather. Styles changed, as they always do, and at some point what I can now…