Archive: May 2014

Modern Medallion quilt along – in the beginning…

Today is the first of June, which marks the start of the Modern Medallion quilt along. The blog hosts will be sharing their hints and tips as well as showing you their progress. We will be starting with Schnitzel & Boo, who will get the linky …

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Modern Medallion quilt along – in the beginning…

Today is the first of June, which marks the start of the Modern Medallion quilt along. The blog hosts will be sharing their hints and tips as well as showing you their progress. We will be starting with Schnitzel & Boo, who will get the linky …

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black on black

Hey everybuddy! I know these pictures look suspiciously a lot like my last post – but I swear it’s all new makes! I feel like every year around this time I get the urge to make myself a new pair of jeans – and once I go down the jeans making …

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Parcel #3 Inspiration Tour

Looking for some inspiration before you start sewing up the patterns included in Parcel #3? This is just the place. The bloggers below have created some amazing projects inspired by Parcel #3. They will be sharing their makes on the dates below. Please…

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Parcel #3 Inspiration Tour

Looking for some inspiration before you start sewing up the patterns included in Parcel #3? This is just the place. The bloggers below have created some amazing projects inspired by Parcel #3. They will be sharing their makes on the dates below. Please…

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Parcel #3 is here!

The time has come! The clock has run out! Perfect Pattern Parcel #3 is finally here! This time around we’ve built a collection of women’s warm weather essentials. Dresses that can be dressed up. Dresses that can be worn everyday. A rockingly awesome …

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Parcel #3 is here!

The time has come! The clock has run out! Perfect Pattern Parcel #3 is finally here! This time around we’ve built a collection of women’s warm weather essentials. Dresses that can be dressed up. Dresses that can be worn everyday. A rockingly awesome …

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Blue Clouds Cambie Dress

I adore the Sewaholic Cambie. I made a Black version here and I wore it SO much over summer. 

The truth about this dress is that it was kind of a sewing fail. I did some mad panic sewing right before Christmas so that I could wear it on Christmas Day. I had about an hour or so of sewing left to do on Christmas Eve and a thought snuck into my head that I should probably try it on. That’s when I discovered that it really, really didn’t fit. The waist was too tight by a couple of centimetres and we all know what happens on Christmas Day right? You go from family to family eating ALL OF THE FOOD. So this dress was just not going to work. 


Because I’m stubborn I put it on my dressform and admired it for months. Note to self – maybe I should use my dressform for things other than hanging sewing fails on? Just a thought. I left it there because I was determined that I’d fit into it at some point. As luck would have it I’ve turned into the cliche bride slimming down for her impending wedding and the dress now fits! I mean I can breathe and move and live in that thing. It’s great!


I was making this dress just after they introduced videos on Instagram and had been pondering how to incorporate sewing a dress bit by bit into my Instagram feed. Since I was sewing this dress consistently over the Christmas Break from work I could sew during daylight and video as I went. It’s not great quality because, well, it’s an iPhone video on Instagram, but still – I think it’s pretty neat. 

A Cambie dress made in 2 minutes? Click below to see for yourself!


So I’m a bit of a rebel and I didn’t line this dress. I tend not to line dresses unless they’re sheer. Perhaps it takes a little more effort to cover up the insides like I do but that’s how I roll. I think this will also go into my honeymoon bag – and by that I mean I’m already packing my me-mades in my head with…oh about 4 months to go!

I have the perfect fabric for a straight-skirted Cambie for my next version but you probably won’t see that until summer comes back again. But until then, you know what they say – if the dress fits!

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house + home | putting aside perfect

When I was pregnant I, as many first time mothers, had specific visions about how my life would play out as a mom. It’s been somewhat hilarious–and a lot humbling–how very differently life has gone in the past fourteen months. It’s been a lesson…

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Peek-a-boo

Like my new dress muslin? And the peek-a-boo back? I feel there is so much to  update you on, friends. I’ve kept you totally out of the loop!I was showing my sister this dress over Skype yesterday, and she mentioned it was nice to see my sewing ta…

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sewing for money

$ewing for Money. Do you do it? Would you do it? Would you do it full-time?No Georgies were harmed during the taking of this photo.We’ve probably all mused over this topic at some point. When you practice a skilled trade, especially one like sewing tha…

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Canvas Shoulder Bag

After experimenting with backpacks last summer (Roll top 1, Roll top 2), I got hooked on bag design. My roll top packs have been good travel companions, but occasionally there are times when I need something a little smaller with easy access zipper pockets. Filson makes some of the best shoulder bags on the planet, […]

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Sewing Class… Lesson 3

I only have three students in my class but ,for me, that’s an ideal number. I’m not in it for the money but for the sheer joy of sharing my love of sewing.I started in September with these same ladies . I wasn’t sure how to go about teaching sewing so …

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Craft tutorial round up – my favourite flowers

To celebrate spring on her side of the world, Laura from Bugs and Fishes hosted a flower themed crafty link up. Even though it’s certainly not spring here, I thought, there is never a reason not to have flowers!There were some really amazing flower the…

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style monday | black and white simplicity

A day late this week because Monday was a national holiday here in the US.wearing: top (Forever 21), skirt (thrifted, vintage), boater (tourist shop), purse (Target), necklace (vintage, bracelet), shoes (clothing swap).Has the boater hat had it’s day? …

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2014#17 – The swallows set part 2: the pants – Conjunto andorinha parte 2: as calças

(pictures of me wearing the swallow were published here
 
Description: Ankle length pants with faced waistline; the original have side pockets with enclosed buttoned side closure and one back single welt pocket. I skipped both these details and used just the base pattern for my pants with overlapped side zipper instead. 
 
Pattern used: BurdaStyle 2014/04 model 116. 
 
Fabric: Black swallows print neoprene-like knit. 
 
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Descrição: Calças pelo tornozelo com cintura com vista incorporada; as originais têm bolsos metidos nas aberturas laterais abotoadas (estilo marinheiro) e um bolso avivado atrás; utilizei apena o molde base das calças, omitindo estes detalhes e aplicando um fecho na lateral. 
 
Molde: BurdaStyle 2014/04 modelo116. Material: malha tipo neopreno estampada com andorinhas.
 
Material: malha tipo neopreno estampada com andorinhas.

Here are a few details of the finishing of the pants which were very easy and quick to make (because I skipped the more elaborated details; I believe that it was the best choice for this type of fabric). The faced waistline: 
 
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A seguir têm alguns detalhes do acabamento das calças que foram fáceis e rápidas de fazer (muito devido a ter eliminado os detalhes mais elaborados, mas creio ter feito a opção mais acertada dadas as características deste material). A cintura com vista metida e pespontada:

The side-zipper / o fecho na lateral:

The hemming process is quite simple because this knit doesn’t run: simply fold the hem allowance to the inside, topstitch it using a narrow zigzag stitch and trim the excess: 
 
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Fazer as bainhas é muito fácil pois esta malha não se desmancha; basta dobrar para dentro, pespontar (com um ponto de ziguezague longo e estreito) e aparar o excedente:

There isn’t much to say about this pattern: it’s a great basic pattern for pants and I will definitely try the original version with side pockets/closure later. I have yet another sewing review to write (I’m a little behind on reviewing my finished projects) so stay tuned for more! Thank you all so much for reading! 
 
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Não há muito mais a dizer sobre este molde, exceto que é um ótimo molde-base; muito provavelmente farei as calças com os detalhes originais, mas utilizando outro tecido. Entretanto tenho ainda mais um projeto para mostrar (ando um pouco atrasada com os artigos de costura), por isso fiquem atentos! Muito obrigada por visitarem!

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Red Maxi Dress

I loved my first version of Simplicity 2362 that I began plotting another one as I was making it. I found this great deep red rayon voile from Lincraft and an off white rayon voile for the lining and bought 3 metres of each. The first version…

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Marble Tubes Game

Marble Tube 2 toilet paper tube craftThis Marble Tubes game is made of recycled toilet paper tubes, and it is fun to both create and enjoy playing with after the craft is complete. There are so many different crafts you can make from recycled toilet paper tubes, and if you have younger kids not old enough to make this craft, I know you’ll love…

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I love this | weekend edition

A compilation of articles and images that I’ve found inspiring. I hope you will too!Frances Rafferty wearing what is pretty much the perfect summer ensemble.Hope all my US readers are having a great holiday weekend thus far! I can’t believe the kick-of…

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Modern Medallion quilt along

Have you ever been part of an online quilt along? They are a great way to keep you motivated, get inspiration and meet new people! You can share your progress, ask questions and offer encouragement along the way.As part of the Modern Medallion pattern …

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in the round vs. in the flat

Are you a round or flat person? Um, lemme rephrase that. When given the choice, do you like to construct your garments using an in-the-round method or in-the-flat method? Nettie bodysuit sleeve attached flatI don’t know what else to call these tec…

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{Tube Play} How we transformed PVC pipes into a “fall” wall.

make a fall wallHas your child experimented with tube play?  If you are desperate for a couple of hours of peace you will *love* this activity!! Play tubes! They are a great way for kids to have fun learning while being creative and having fun.   This activity is just ONE of the 101 Kids Activities you can find in our […]

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let’s do lunch | pasta with roasted tomatoes + asparagus

Let’s Do Lunch is a series of easy (and mostly healthy) recipes that are perfect for throwing together on busy days for lunch or dinner.Pasta sometimes gets a bad rap in the carb game, but I admit I love it. It’s probably just under bread in my list of…

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Shandiin Tank & Tunic!

I’ve been wanting to share about these tops for forever and now I can!  Back in April, I was pattern testing an incredible new pattern from Sarah of LouBeeClothing.  It’s called the Shandiin and is the perfect top for summer! The yellow …

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Sewing Class. …Lesson 2

At this week’s sewing class, I covered the Full bust Adjustment on a bodice that already has a dart and I explained what Stitch in the Ditch is and where it is useful.Lesson 2: FBA with Existing Dart.This adjustment is very much like the last lesson &n…

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mamahood | hello, month fourteen

It’s intensely strange to think that nearly fourteen months ago I gave birth to this little person.Fourteen. Such a big number. She’s growing so much and her personality is developing in leaps and bounds, which makes it even harder to remember tha…

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KWIK Sew 3484 "Complete Pictorial Series" Part 3 of 3

This post will complete the KWIK Sew 3484 Shirt.  This section will cover the complete construction of the shirt and final fit.  I know it’s been a lengthy series but I thought it was important to cover everything on this shirt with you befor…

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Lentil Salad with Balsamic Glaze (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

Lentils can be lovely, but if you don’t cook and prepare them with the right ingredients, their inherent earthiness can overwhelm a dish.This lovely lentil dish boasts lots of fresh, bright flavors to wonderfully balance the earthiness of the lentils. …

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style monday | 60s bright floral maxi dress with a modern twist

wearing: dress (vintage-thrifted), jacket (Gap-thrifted), necklace: Target, sandals: Target.I dubbed this 1960s floral maxi dress as my “Valley of the Dolls” dress after I found it at one of my favorite thrift stores. I hoarded it all winter and pulled…

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I love this | weekend edition

Audrey Hepburn – one of my favorite pictures of her + an infectious smile.It’s good to be back to blogging. Granted, I forgot how much work it is to put a post together (and weed through all the ideas bouncing around in my head!), but it’s somethi…

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