Vintage 80’s McCall’s 2481 Stripe Dress

I’m super excited to share this new make today, circa 1986! When I was a kid back in the 80’s I had a favorite striped dress with a cool tie back. That dress (image below) was a gray and white stripe cotton with a bodice that had a tie angled back that attached with buttons at the waist and had nice big pockets. I wanted to recreate that …

Natural Dyeing: Lac

This past weekend the weather was perfect, sunny and breezy, so I broke out the dye pot and did some fun natural dyeing! I had a bunch of pieces waiting for the dye pot that I had planned on dyeing back over the winter holidays. Unfortunately that all got put on hold with my injury. Now that I’m back to almost normal I’m excited to get back to …

Yellow Floral Vintage McCall’s 6634 Blouse

I’m always on the lookout for interesting vintage sewing patterns and excitedly stumbled across this 80’s style Blouse with a gathered front yoke. This first version is my very wearable muslin in a leafy floral japanese lawn in a shade of yellow I don’t normally wear but was instantly drawn to. The fabric is crisp but very lightweight which makes it perfect for the light gathering on this …

Orange Poppies Self Drafted Tank

As soon as I saw this gorgeous fabric I fell in love! Poppies have always been my favorite flower to draw, I used them quite a bit in my early printmaking. The oranges and teal/ grey on this wheat background is just perfection. This was my splurge purchase for myself at Christmas as this fabric is $40/yd. I figured I’d buy 1 yd and use it for a …

Railroad Denim Self-Drafted Trousers

In the last few years I’ve realized I love denim but hate jeans. I hate a back yoke and see no need for rear pockets- totally useless. So for this pair of denim I drafted a trouser pattern that I’m really loving. It has a nice wide straight leg, roomy front curved pockets and double back darts for shaping in the back. I adore these! These were made …

Mint Cactus Sandhill Sling

I’m finally back sewing and blogging! I’ve been sewing up a storm now that I’m weight-bearing after fracturing my ankle right before the new year. My foot is healing really well 3 months out, my stitches are barely noticeable and I’m slowly learning how to walk again! First up on my to sew list was this Sandhill Sling from Noodlehead. I bought the pattern and all the supplies …

White Double Gauze Salsa Blouse

Happy Holidays! I’m back today with another fabulous fall make- and my last post of 2020! Ending the year with a perfect Florida wrap! I always need a light coverup in early fall to winter and this airy fabric is just perfect for our Florida climate. Plus double gauze always feels dreamy. This white organic cotton is so soft and lovely. I bought the Salsa Blouse pattern from …