My most recent project is the new bell sleeve blouse from Megan Nielsen, the Dove. View 1 is a super wearable shirt - great for casual wear in fabrics like flannel or chambray, or office attire in lawn, voile, or rayon challis. Views 2 and 3 have a little extra drama in flared sleeves that make great statement pieces - perfect for my "I never wear dresses, but I'd like to feel extra dressed up for Easter" sewing purposes.Read More
8 months ago, I sat on the floor of my new-old home, a fanned wheel of Benjamin Moore paint colors before me, absolutely paralyzed with indecision. Our 5 week reno was nearly complete, and I was fresh out of decision-making-mojo. Our contractor - bless him - tried his darndest to explain color theory to me, sadly.. to no avail.Read More
Spring Break is nearly upon us - which means swim sewing season is ALREADY here! It also means my promise for a rashguard + shelf bra tutorial is nearly a year old. (Woops..) Better late than never, I suppose!Read More
4PM on Tuesday, I picked up a robo-call from my daughter's school informing me that Thursday was "Read Across America" Day in honor of Dr Seuss's 113th birthday. 8AM Wednesday I thought to myself "Hey, I could make outfits for that!". What is it about mornings and that first rush of caffeine that puts such fantastical thoughts in my head?Read More
I've long believed "Custom Color Palettes" are sort of like horoscopes. They're fun to read about, fun to know, easy to "believe" if you want to - easy to discredit if you don't. I've even rolled my eyes in the past hearing people cry "I can't wear ___! I'm a cool autum!" NONSENSE. The only reason you can't wear that could would be if your hands fell off when you tried to put it on, and nobody was around you to finish dressing you. (That's a really weird image to start a blog post. Your welcome for that!)
But Seamwork published an article in 2015 that I've JUST now caught wind of (Thanks Capsule Friends!) - and it feels way more science-based than "color guides" of seasons past, so I gave it a whirl!
This is NOT my process. This is theirs. They deserve full credit for this genius-ness. And you should definitely take time (immediately!) to go read it in full. This blog post is simply my experience with the process, and ways I tweaked it along the way. Enjoy!Read More
Happy Monday, friends! I'm dropping in today to share my Toaster Sweater #2 with you, and a couple of tips I have for when you sew yours!Read More
A quick tutorial for a flirty, date-night worthy kimono, just in time for Valentine's Day! Also, an update on my Spring Capsule project, and a plea for your suggestions. Thanks in advance!Read More
You've measured your PDF pattern's 1 inch square. And you've prewashed your fabrics. You used a new needle, and even bothered to change your serger thread (go you!) to match your fabric choice. You iron every seam down and back. You meticulously clip every stray thread, and pluck every basting stitch...
But in the end, none of it mattered. Because THAT fabric with THAT pattern is a hot mess. And had you known you'd be doomed from the start, that crinkled up garment on the floor would still be uncut yardage full of potential. If only there was a way to make sure your pairings would always work out! Some magical tool that would guarantee your success!Read More
All about that time I abandoned my seasonal capsule plans. And yet.. still capsuled!?Read More
Hey there readers! It's been a while! Kind of a recurring theme in my blog intros in 2016, huh?? Well new year, new home, new blog goals! Including a profound desire to share with you my recent creative endeavors in the world of home decor, DIY wall art, and some personal photography projects I have planned. So today's post is the first nod in that direction, and meant to compliment my guest blog on Project Run & Play today. If you haven't already, go check out my sewing space organization tips!Read More
The super hero phase is fleeting. Milk every last drop of cuteness from it with this easy cosplay DIY!Read More
Let the Fall sewing extravaganza begin! Start with the fastest layer you'll sew for fall: a 15 minute Kaftan project!Read More
There have been so many inspiring Top-Knot creations made throughout this pattern release tour! (Links to those below) Long and short sleeve versions, short and pant versions, and dresses with skirts of all lengths. But MY task today was to create a top-knot-inspired pattern hack. So here - you're going to see...Read More
Join me for a perfectly summer-friendly knit tank pattern hack for the Papercut Patterns Clover dress!Read More
I'm on a kick.
A jogger kick. A boho kick. A "wear voile and rayon challis and other loosey goosey unfitted stuff" kick....Read More
Guys. I'm in love. I saw this pin during my hunt for summer styles, and I just HAD to have it. Or rather, I had to make it. (No use buying a shirt that isn't made to fit my extraordinary body, amiright??) But with shockingly limited tank styles in the indie pattern market, I knew I'd have to hack my own. And where there are hacks for me, there are tutorials for you!Read More
Happy Weekend, friends! In my Capsule Wardrobe group, this is our "Saturday Sew and Tell" day - but, with stomach bug and strep throat hitting my house simultaneously this week (Mean, universe. Mean.), I'm a little less "sew" and a little more "tell" today. So I figure, let's make it a good one!Read More
Welcome blog-tour'ers! I'm so excited to be along for the ride on this year's Boy's Can Wear Pink initiative. In fact, I begged Kelly to make room for me when I had missed blogger recruits! And being the doll she is, she did just that :)Read More
Oh boy. How's THAT for a fun title? Muslin is a bit of a dirty word itself (until it saves your beautiful stash fabric from a simple mistake!) - but what the heck is a PRE-muslin?Read More