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…

Pink Datura Blouse

Last May, in many ways, seems as if it happened a very long time ago. This past year has involved completing my doctorate, a flurry of job applications, a new job, a new apartment, travel to a new country, and an engagement! It has been quite the year. In light of all these developments, minor…

The Blue Bruyère Dress

When last our intrepid seamstress met the Bruyère Shirt on the sewing table, the cozy, plaid Bruyère Dress resulted. Today we find another Bruyère Dress, this time made in a blue cotton pique with a few modifications. In order to resolve the odd, no-woman’s land placement of the waist on the plaid version of this dress, I lengthened the waist…

Plaid Pavot Jacket Part Two

The plaid jacket is finished! And you cannot convince me that it is not the most beautiful jacket in existence. I am feeling ridiculously smug about this project, fair warning. It’s red! and plaid! and my obsessive compulsive heart is so happy that the plaid matches all over the place. The pattern is the delightful Pavot…

Plaid Pavot Jacket

I don’t typically post about projects that are currently in-progress, but I am positively giddy about this one. You might say that this particular sewing project began years ago when my mother started making these excellent bags out of IKEA fabric. I must confess that I do not own a store-bought bag/purse, unless you count…