astoria, britex, colette patterns, dirndl, french terry, handmade wardrobe, rayon, self-drafted, sewing, skirt, sweater

Astoria sweater + swishy skirt = new fave outfit

This rayon from Britex caught my eye, and I just couldn't shake it.  It's not a typical color palette or print for me, but I had to have it and I knew exactly what I'd make with it: a dirndl skirt.  A dirndl is not my favorite silhouette, but with this fabric, it all just… Continue reading Astoria sweater + swishy skirt = new fave outfit

adelaide, colette patterns, cotton, double gauze, dress, handmade wardrobe, harts fabric, seamwork, sewing, sundress

Adelaide #2 in double gauze

For Mother's Day, we set out to Santa Cruz for a lovely brunch at Gabriella Cafe (wonderfully adorable place, and worth the drive!).  We got to SC early and I could request anything I wanted on my special day, so I made my family take me to Hart's Fabric for a 20 minute, whirlwind shopping… Continue reading Adelaide #2 in double gauze

adelaide, chambray, colette patterns, dress, handmade wardrobe, seamwork, sewing, snaps, stonemountain and daughter

Adelaide in chambray

I didn't even know it was "Pattern of the month" when I selected the Adelaide pattern with my Seamwork credits. Nice!  And this is only the first of two I've made...I really wanted another chambray shirt dress after I chopped off this one to make a top (scroll down the page a bit), so I… Continue reading Adelaide in chambray

colette patterns, dirndl, dress, fabric mart, handmade wardrobe, hawaii, hazel sundress, sewing, sundress

Hawaiian sunrise Hazel

We were pretty lax in our vacation planning--we were more or less spontaneous in the things we did once we were on Oahu.  However, I did look up fabric stores on the island before we went and was pleased that a trip to buy some fabric could be coordinated with another activity on the Honolulu/Waikiki… Continue reading Hawaiian sunrise Hazel

chambray, colette patterns, cotton + steel, double gauze, handmade wardrobe, hayden, seamwork, sewing

Handful of Haydens (and a fix to a fit problem)

In all honesty and seriousness, it was the Hayden pattern this month that convinced me to finally subscribe to Seamwork.   Mostly, I just I love the idea of a woven t-shirt with style lines.If you plan to make this top, you really MUST make a muslin.  Seriously, I can't stress this enough.  I raced… Continue reading Handful of Haydens (and a fix to a fit problem)

alma, britex, colette patterns, cotton, granville blouse, harts fabric, linden, mood, myrtle, resewlution 2015, sewaholic patterns, silk, thread theory, vintage fabric, vintage pattern, year-end round up

Undocumented Garments of 2015

I don't need to review my year to recognize that I didn't blog a lot this year!   I sewed a lot less and had a lot less time to take photos and write posts, just in general.  But I sewed more than I reported, so instead of reviewing my "hits and misses" of 2015,… Continue reading Undocumented Garments of 2015

colette patterns, corduroy, dahlia, dress, handmade wardrobe, sewing

Dahlia in baby wale corduroy

So I'm going to be a bit of a grump about this dress. I jumped on Colette's pre-sale of the Dahlia dress, mostly because I always need work dresses (especially wool!) and I love raglan sleeves.  But when I received the pattern I was immediately disappointed...first off, the dress isn't lined (wool dress - lining… Continue reading Dahlia in baby wale corduroy

britex, colette patterns, cowl, handmade wardrobe, myrtle, sewing, silk, stretch silk

Tutorial: reducing the cowl neckline on the Myrtle dress

After exposing my bra to my friend (and most likely many others) while wearing my original Myrtle top out for drinks the other night, I decided to reduce the depth of the cowl for my second Myrtle.  If you are less well-endowed than the C cup Colette designs for, this might be a good adjustment… Continue reading Tutorial: reducing the cowl neckline on the Myrtle dress

britex, colette patterns, dress, handmade wardrobe, myrtle, sewing, silk, stretch silk

Myrtle dress in stretch silk

After making my wearable muslin top of the Myrtle dress by Colette Patterns, I immediately geared up for making a second version.  I made some pattern adjustments: reduced the depth of cowl (tutorial up tomorrow!), as well as some petite adjustments of the bodice at the waist AND the upper bodice to shorten the armholes.… Continue reading Myrtle dress in stretch silk

colette patterns, handmade wardrobe, knits, myrtle, pattern review, peplum, resewlution 2014, sewing

Cropped Myrtle dress and pattern review

I guess it's a little silly since I just drafted and released my own (free!) cowl-neck pattern, but I just had to buy Colette's newest release, the Myrtle dress.  It was like a black hole, just pulling me in: I couldn't resist!  I love a casual dress, and this pattern looked like it would be… Continue reading Cropped Myrtle dress and pattern review