Upside-Down Bolero Jacket Refashion

I made this cute little jacket and took pics late last year and then promptly forgot about them. Hence the longer hair. I can always date makes by my hair length! This is the Upside-Down Bolero Jacket from Shape Shape 2 that I refashioned from a goodwill dress. I made this for my ASG talk/trunk show a few months ago on Japanese patterns. You can see my other …

Drape Drape no.16 Dress with Gathered Sleeves

Last month I presented a trunk show/talk on Japanese sewing patterns to my local chapter of ASG (American Sewing Guild) . Prepping, I went through my books and picked out a few designs to whip up that would showcase some of my favorite designs.  I’m always intrigued by how different Japanese patterns are from American ones.  They tend to work more with the flow and structure of the …

Blush Linen Shape Shape Sleeveless Blouse

I’ve got a very simple make to share with you today. A darted tank in a lovely blush linen,  the Shape Shape Sleeveless Blouse.  This is my second go at this pattern.  I don’t know why it took me so long to make another one. I wear the original white linen version constantly. You can see that version here. It’s one of my first makes that I blogged …

Wave Wrap Skirt Shape Shape 2

I’m a beach girl at heart so this wave print was bought up immediately after spotting it. It’s a beautifully drawn image of waves in a gorgeous lightweight cotton woven.  I love the blue tones that fade to the peach and cream plus just a touch of vivid lime, purple and red.  It took me quite awhile though to decide what to make this into to make the …

Puff-Sleeve Bolero Jacket- Shape Shape 2

I always get compliments when I sew up Japanese patterns, and this make is no different. Wearing this makes me feel chic and modern.  This is the Puff-Sleeve Bolero Jacket from Shape Shape 2, Sewing for Minimalist Style by Natsuno Hiraiwa.   I’m leading a class for my ASG group in a few months on Japanese Sewing  Patterns and thought I better beef up my samples.  When I …

Asymmetrical Apron Skirt Refashion

I’m so loving our weather here lately- it’s finally warm enough to spend the day at the beach and actually take a dip in the water!  Granted only the kids are going in all the way to swim, still a bit cold for me, but still so wonderful!  Here you can see my version of the asymmetrical apron skirt from Shape, Shape pattern book by Natsuno Hiraiwa. I …

Organic Reversible Wrap Skirt

This week has been all about working on fitting my muslin’s for my fitted jacket and jeans while I wait on my ordered fabric to arrive and finish dyeing my denim, my indigo dye kit just arrived from noon dye studios :)  More updates soon!     I thought I’d take a break from the tedium and whip out a quick & easy sewing project for myself.  I …