Striped Surplice Wrap Dress

What to do when Fall’s over and you still have a ton of shirting fabric leftover…sew a shirtdress! I bought this lovely bold stripe from Mood ages ago planning to make a dress shirt. It’s way too warm here now to even think about long sleeves so a light summer dress was the way to …

Pattern Drafting- So Many Muslins

I’ve been using all my free time between jobs over the last month to work on pattern drafting. Check out my earlier post on my sloper here. I bought a ton of drafting paper and unbleached cotton muslin so I had plenty of material on hand to work with. I’ve worked with all of Suzy …

Self Drafted Japanese Lightwash Cropped Denim and Mirage Knitted Tank

I’m super busy this week prepping for Thanksgiving but had to share my newest make: these awesome cropped jeans! I drafted these myself off my redone pant sloper. I knew exactly what I wanted: a high waist, a medium wide leg that falls straight out from the hip, cropped. Minimal details and simple style. These …

Patternmaking: Slopers and Moulage

The past few months I’ve been working behind the scenes to redraft all my sewing slopers. I started a new exercise program this summer and am finally getting back my pre-kids fitness level. Weight loss plus my changing body shape at 43 meant it was time to start from scratch and redo my slopers. I …

Work Wardrobe: Lantern Sleeve Blouse and Denim Culottes

I think this look is one of my favorites!  I love the simplicity of this white lantern sleeve blouse with the dark denim culottes. Both pieces are such versatile basics.  Perfect for work and for the weekend. I wish I had started sewing pieces like these earlier! The denim culottes are my second version of my pattern hack/mashup of …

Simple Tank Slip

Just a quick little post today.  I made this simple tank slip up a few weeks ago to wear with my White Holly Hawthorn Dress.  It’s already gotten so much more use then I thought it would. It’s perfect under all my light colored dresses or paired with a skirt. I’m wearing it here with my Shape Shape Wrap …

Indigo and Mini Stripe Voile Bias Dresses

I don’t think I’ll ever tire of wearing indigo.  I just love this color!  I’ve made myself two more self drafted bias cut tube dresses. The first in the indigo seen here and a shorter version in a black and white mini stripe.  Designing and sewing my own patterns is so enjoyable. Organic Cottons Plus sent me my choice of …