Tag Archive: Cotton

Completed: The Martine Sweater

It’s been a minute since I posted a knitting project, but that doesn’t mean I ever stopped knitting! I took some time off from knitting sweaters (other than my yearly OAL makes!) and have spent a couple of months furiously knitting socks. I love handknit socks – I love making them, I love traveling with […]

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A Shirt and a Shirtdress, Butterick 6333 in paisley cotton poplin

Which came first, the shirt or the shirtdress? In fact the fabric came first, and the idea for the shirt, but then I took a detour to sew this shirtdress.Which is Butterick 6333, a shoulder princess seamed shirt dress pattern with two skirt options.A r…

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Completed: Black + Grey Flannel Archer

IT’S FLANNEL SEASON AGAIN, Y’ALL. I don’t like the cold – like, at all – but I do love the clothes that are associated with this season. Layers, textured fabrics, WOOL, dark colors and jewel tones… gimmie all of it. Flannel button-ups are at the top of my list. I love that they can be […]

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Simplicity 8416 In Review – The Shirt Project

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.  Happily I spent sometime in my sewing room where I made two shirts, Simplicity 8416 views B and D. I can’t believe it!  Fall is almost here!A twist on a classic shirt design.  The shirt …

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Birds for the Summer

So, this post should have gone live last week, but it seems I’m unable to use the scheduling tool properly…. It’s another make for daughter No 2 to take to Madeira.  The pattern is Burdastyle, #106 from May 2012 (unfortunately not available as a download on the website).  She’d put this pattern on her list … Continue reading “Birds for the Summer”

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Pretty Toppers – Inspiration

I just wanted to share some more toppers that I like. There are a few design elements that I hope to incorporate into some of my future sewing projects. Enjoy!Cennetta

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One Piece Collar Tutorial Part II with McCall 7575

Today’s tutorial will illustrate how to actually make the one piece collar. I used McCall 7575 collar, which was originally designed to cut two collar pieces (upper and lower) to form the shirt collar. I folded the original collar in half, copied the…

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Liberty blouse knock-off

I’ve been hoarding this piece of Liberty lawn for ages.  Since I didn’t have a set plan when I purchased it, the ideas of what I could sew with it have run the gamut: pajama bottoms, dirndl skirt, button down shirt…  However, browsing through the J. Crew website the other day, I found a blouse in the exact fabric, with a really cute and summery design.  Done!  Here’s the inspiration piece:

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Graduation dress in summery eyelet

After three and a half years of very part-time classes at West Valley College, I finally graduated a week ago with my A.S. in Apparel Production!  Since I made a new dress for my very first day of class at WVC, it was only fitting that I drape, draft, and sew the dress in which I accept my degree.

Not only did I just graduate, but tomorrow is my 40th birthday (!).  Both events together feel

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Completed: Deer & Doe Réglisse Dress

I feel like it’s been a long time since I’ve made a pretty dress. To be fair, it’s also been a long time since I’ve felt like wearing a pretty dress – something about the cold and winter just makes me want to dress in head-to-toe black, and only wear pants (very, very stretchy pants, […]

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All the ruffles

It all started with a Sachin & Babi dress that I fell instantly in love with. At that point, I wasn’t truly intending on making a dress, but I couldn’t stop thinking about how I would do it, if I ever decided to go ahead with it. I actually had the most perfect fabric in […]

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McCall 7445 Pants and Vogue 8747 Shirt

Finally, I’m posting photos of me in my new pants made using McCall 7445.  I posted way back in March (tee hee) on my fitting and sewing of these pants.  Now, that I have tweaked the pattern I’m moving this gem to my TNT basket for easy hands…

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Bruyere Blouse: A Wearable Muslin

One of my most worn tops from this past winter is my wearable Bruyere muslin. Having to make barely any alterations for a second version, I continue to love to sew with Deer & Doe patterns.

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Bruyere Blouse: A Wearable Muslin

One of my most worn tops from this past winter is my wearable Bruyere muslin. Having to make barely any alterations for a second version, I continue to love to sew with Deer & Doe patterns.

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Quilt finished!

Quilting really isn’t my thing; I’ve made a handful of quilts over the years and while I have been really proud of the resulting blankets, it’s not something I enjoy very much.  So, clearly, making a new dress or blouse has taken priority over a long-term quilting project!

On the spare bed for a moment

Truthfully, I had intended to make a quilt for my younger son when he moved into a “big

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Bicycle Shirtdress with Simplicity 8014

I’m doing some spring cleaning on my garment rack – finishing up some old languishing dresses. It feels so good to spend an evening or two on my Simplicity 8014 Shirtdress – as I now have a whole new spring/summer wardrobe with minimal effort.

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Fabric Store recommendation and review of McCalls 7094 top

Where do you buy fabric? The web has opened up every possibility to us all, and I’m like many of you – jumping from one site to another because you saw a great fabric on an IG or blog post. I’m sure a lot of us are disillusioned with the chain fabric s…

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Two summer shirtdresses: M6891

I was definitely not kidding when I said I tend to sew up a pattern twice!  Since I made this two dresses just days apart, I thought I would post them together 🙂

The pattern is McCall’s M6891.  It’s a good, classic shirtdress style with a convertible collar and pockets.  I love the full skirt, waistline seam, and ungathered back (why do designers do that??). Since it’s a Palmer and

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Grainline Archer refashioned

Unless my memory fails me, this was the second Grainline Archer I ever made. I think I ended up getting the fit right on my third try. I still wore the original version of this shirt, but it’s become way too tight across my shoulders since my return to the pool. It was time to […]

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Grainline Archer refashioned

Unless my memory fails me, this was the second Grainline Archer I ever made. I think I ended up getting the fit right on my third try. I still wore the original version of this shirt, but it’s become way too tight across my shoulders since my return to the pool. It was time to […]

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Fit and Flare Brown Bows Dress – Butterick 6280

Spring is almost here! What better way to start the season than with dress.  By now I’m sure you’ve noticed that my favorite thing to make is a dress. Last month I decided to “line them up” for the Spring/Summer sewing party that I scheduled with …

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Bunny Print Shirt Dress

Combining two of my favorite patterns, I finally have made myself a bunny-print dress. Click to read all about it.

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Plaid oversize top

This is the kind of top I wear a lot in Spring. It’s oversize enough to wear as a sweater but it also looks fine as a top. I used an old pattern in my stash. I suspect it may have started out as Simplicity 1366 but has been modified within an inch of its […]

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Plaid oversize top

This is the kind of top I wear a lot in Spring. It’s oversize enough to wear as a sweater but it also looks fine as a top. I used an old pattern in my stash. I suspect it may have started out as Simplicity 1366 but has been modified within an inch of its […]

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Denim-look voile shirt and a new method for the front placket

Why do I find sewing button front shirts so satisfying lately? It is a bit curious as basic shirts with a button front and a traditional stand collar are not something that played a large role in my wardrobe in past years. Perhaps they always seemed ve…

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Completed: The Kelly Anorak

Hey guys! Thank you for all your great comments, suggestions, and feedback on my last post! I’m so happy to hear that y’all enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it 🙂 With that being said, my stint as a ~travel blogger~ is now officially over (well, until I save up money for […]

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Dress rain jacket with silk lining

My favorite “dress” rain jacket is now about 12 years old.  Despite its age, the lovely aqua color is still in style and fit is still so good…however, there are stains and discolorations that dry cleaning can’t fix.  As sad as it is, I think it’s time to pitch it.  Well, this is one of those times when I’m so, so grateful to be able to sew.  While my new version doesn’t replicate that exact

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Completed: Rise Turtleneck

Hello everyone, from the other side! I’m back from my weekend at Camp Workroom Social, which was incredible and full of wonderful friendships with hilarious and awe-inspiring women. I got to room with Devon, who I have missed terribly since she moved away to Atlanta, so it was great to see her again! I had […]

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Slow fashion

I blame Nina Proudman. You see, I have a childish sense of style. But as I approach 40 I’ve just made the first white shirt I’ve ever owned. The epiphany came a few weeks ago when I was selected to attend a formal work interview with only a couple of days notice.  Having not worked […]

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Slow fashion

I blame Nina Proudman. You see, I have a childish sense of style. But as I approach 40 I’ve just made the first white shirt I’ve ever owned. The epiphany […]

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