Sweaters in September

Hello my lovelies. I hope everyone is having a beautiful September. Although I am a Summer gal at heart, I am pretty relieved to see the rain return to Washington and wash away this drought. There have been wildfires up and down the West Coast this past Summer, causing air quality problems and generally being the Debbie Downers of an otherwise enjoyable outdoor season. It actually rained during this shoot, and we had to run between the rain drops to capture these photos. It started raining much harder a couple minutes in, and we were only able to get a couple good shots, so I hope you like them.
This is my Coppelia Cardy, and my first time making up something by Papercut Patterns. I particularly love the packaging for Papercut Patterns, and the sturdy, recycled paper they print their patterns on. I'm not sure why it took me as long as it did to realize they have a really great collection of patterns. I could easily see myself making up several of their other patterns in the near …

One Last Summer Dress/ Ogden Cami

Hello, my lovelies. Can you believe Summer is already winding to a close? Last month was an exciting one for me-- I travelled the furthest away from home I've ever been, all the way to Fiji for some much-needed rest, sun, and ocean-basking. It was wonderful to slow down and break away from the relentless daily grind for a short while, and I felt completely re-set upon my return. It's weird, but being very far from my daily life seemed to help me gain some perspective on it. I was able to take a bird's eye view of my own life, which helped me pinpoint where to focus my energy moving forward. All the world's a stage, and I, merely a player. Or something like that ;) I also had a monumental birthday; let's just say I changed decades. Anyway, let's talk about this dress, shall we?
This is the beautiful Ogden Cami from True Bias, lengthened into a dress. Since the return of the popularity of the slip dress, I've been trying to find a simple, uncomplicated slip …

V9251, Turn Up The Heat!

Hey guys! I hope everyone's July is going swimmingly. July and August are tied for my favorite months of the year. I am a sucker for Summer Heat. It's also Leo season grrr :) I've been enjoying snatches of this Summer wherever and whenever I can. Life has been busy as ever, and I often find myself wishing there were more hours in the day. There simply is not enough time for all the easy breezy Summer dresses I would like to make. That it's beautiful outside more often than not also calls me away from my sewing machine quite a bit. I love sewing, but I love nature more. Here is my latest make!
This is V9251, a beautiful and simple pattern that hasn't forgotten how to turn up the heat. My version is sans pockets and sleeves; I simply didn't think the dress needed either. I know for extremely skilled seamstresses, making patterns with tons of details and flourishes can be very gratifying as you are able to really showcase your own crafts[wo]manship. I am in a pla…

Spring Daisy V1287

Oh, hey guys! Remember me? It's been a while! [Boring blogger apology for not posting in 2 months] Can you ever forgive me? Keith and I moved last month, from an apartment into a charming, tiny Victorian house here in Bellingham (renting, not owning, in case you're curious). And the house in the pictures above is not where we live lol. I imagine that house belongs to a very old, very sweet lady with many doilies, and many cats. We bought our first dining room table, and have been doing other strange things like buying art to put on the walls. We have been moving away from our bachelor/ette pad mentality, and attempting to embrace adulthood and home decor. "Let's become one of those couples that makes everyone use coasters!" I said gleefully to Keith during a recent trip to Bed Bath and Beyond. "And if they don't use coasters, we'll start droning on about how beautiful and expensive all of our wood furnishings are." This idea pleased me a great …

Sointu Kimono Tee

Oh heyyy guys! The weather decided to play nice with us today up here in B-Ham. The sun even teased us with a couple appearances. Heading down to the beach for some photos was an obvious choice. The light was pretty soft even in midday due to the cloud cover. I'm becoming something of a cloudy day hedonist living in this part of the country. 
I made the Sointu Kimono Tee by Named Patterns. This went together like cake using my serger and a commodious knit. This pattern was comprehensible and a breeze to sew up. There's not a whole lot to say about this one except that I'm pleased with how this turned out and plan to actually wear it a lot.
Other than that, 2017 is off to a promising start. I have been going to the gym 3-4 times weekly, usually with Keith, and I even have some cool new IT Band issues to show for it! So I'll probably be focusing on upper body this week :/ . Keith and I are also looking for a new place in April, so we are keeping pretty busy these days.

NYE Dress V1498

Oh hello, my lovelies. I thought I'd come back to show you how my NYE dress turned out. We went down to Seattle this year, and Ubered it to about 6 different bars and restaurants since we still haven't explored the city all that much, and we are still trying to figure out where our scene is. Seattle lovers/explorers/dwellers: give me your recommendations, please and thank you. I actually asked one of our Uber drivers where everyone was headed (I was trying to tap into Seattle nightlife, feel me?), and she said, "I've literally been driving in circles all night." Great. Thank you. Seattle is such a chill city though, I'm not convinced it ever gets wild. Where I come from gunshots, fireworks, and screaming people punctuate holidays, celebrations, and other events. We had a fun time exploring and trying new places, and went to bed approximately 1 minute after midnight like the old people that we are.

Onto the dress! This is another Nicola Finetti design, V1498.…

2016 Year In Review/ 2017 Outlook

Hey guys, I figured I'd keep up with the blogging Joneses by posting a year in review. 2016 was a big year for me, sewing and otherwise. When I started this blog in 2015, I thought I knew a lot more about sewing than I actually did. And the deeper I fell down the sewing rabbit hole, the more I realized I still had to learn. While I learned some new skills this year, I think more than anything, I became much more comfortable with some of my existing skills, increasingly more confident in my ability to create wearable garments.

Here are some other things that happened in 2016:

I moved cross-country from Chicago, IL to Bellingham, WA with my boyfriend. After living in Chicago for 28 years, my nerves were frazzled, and I was ready for a change. You might have guessed this, but Chicago and Bellingham are night and day. Where Chicago is big, noisy, full of crime and culture, Bellingham is small, quiet, full of nature and an insulary sense of community. When people ask me what living in…