Changing Stripes. Or: Look, I made a dress that isn’t a solid color.

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Okay, so a couple months back I started having a fever dream for the hi-lo split hem t-shirt dress that is the Inari tee from Named.

This because I wanted a short-sleeve t-shirt dress that was dressy-ish enough to fit into a tidy little capsule wardrobe. You know how these things go: ou have a trip coming up. You start searching pinterest for things like ‘HOW TO FIT A WEEK’S TRAVEL IN A SINGLE CARRY ON’, which leads to attractive capsule wardrobe pins, and suddenly you’re thinking that you can’t possibly travel with the clothes currently in your closet and you must make some.


So as I was looking at the Inari dress, I was like: wait a minute! I don’t have to compulsively buy every cutely-photographed pattern. I already have a split, hi-lo hem short sleeve dress pattern, that I’ve made before. Hello Marfy Catalog 2014/2015. Specifically, welcome back Marfy 3367. (more…)

Just a Quickie: Reprise of Colette’s Mabel Skirt

This was the third and final item of pre-vacation sewing binge. Added to the queue because it was simple, and because I hadn’t really internalized that the weather would be winter-y and not spring-y.

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This is the Colette Mabel. I’ve reviewed it before [after sewing ten versions of the same skirt], but that was the mini and this is the pencil. Just a few notes, and a question… (more…)

I Swear I Needed This: Butterick 6244


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All right! So here we have item 2 of 3 from pre vacation sewing binge. Barcelona was meant to be high of like 55 or 60 degrees — read: 40 degrees most of the time. So all rational thought led me to “I probably need a light weight jacket for that weather.” I mean, you could argue that I already had a light weight jacket for that kind of weather, but you know: shiny, new, etc.  (more…)

New Shapes: Style Arc’s Esme Tunic

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What good is a rushed pre-vacation sewing binge if not for getting me out from in front of that brick wall? So here I am between some of the columns in Barcelona’s Park Guell.

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Coming from DC, home of the squat concrete slab monument/federal building, I like that Barcelona let Gaudi go a bit nuts on the city. (more…)

You’re like that weird kid at school who wears weird clothes and no one knows why until finally they say “I made this!!”. Or: Lessons in piss-poor fabric choice.

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All right, so here we have a photo of me wearing what looks approximately like a blanket. Or a pelt. The pelt of a navy blue animal.

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What it doesn’t look like is the interestingly-seamed Violet knit jacket from Style Arc.


Because I let my blind love for this chunky, napped sweater knit from Fabric Mart (procured maybe two years ago, so won’t be available) get in the way of properly answering questions such as: “But what would eight layers of that napped knit look like when it comes together at that inverted armhole corner?”. Or: “Can my walking foot overcome the nap of that fabric?”. (more…)

Manhattan Trousers, Rounds Two and Three

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So here we go with my second and third attempts at the Manhattan trousers. My wardrobe has suffered from a dearth of pants for a while (because of myriad of fitting issues + reluctance to go shopping since I think I should be able to make them). I was able to make things work through about the end of October, but then it got too cold for ankle-length pants with flats and it was time to sort that situation.

I had mixed success, but I’ve got two new pants to show for it. (more…)