check me out, delivering on my promise to keep sewing…very excited to share the latest pattern from womenswear mastermind, april rhodes! you may know april from her outrageously popular staple dress pattern, and you have seen her work before on this blog both here and here (and my visit to her mom’s adorable shop here), with many undocumented but well-loved projects also hanging in my closet. april has a wonderful niche in the women’s sewing pattern community, wherein she designs highly flattering, wearable, customizable patterns that are also very beginner friendly. hers were some of my first patterns used when i began sewing for myself, and it was so rewarding and empowering to produce cute garments efficiently and without confusion or rage. even now as a more confident seamstress, i return to her patterns again and again because they produce high quality, on trend products without any hassle. her latest pattern, the popover poncho, is no exception! seamstresses can expect the same clear, simple, thorough instructions (with diagrams and photographs) full of tips and tricks to quickly turn out something they will love to wear.
is two peplums too much? it’s the last one, i promise. i bought this confetti rayon at joann’s on sale awhile back, if you can believe that. it was one of those instances where i couldn’t tell if it was ugly or awesome, which i feel like applies to ~80% of my fabric purchases. now i think it’s awesome. anyway, this is a wild and crazy little sewing experiment (like most of my projects since i continue to avoid commercial patterns out of irrational fear) that actually turned out quite well! (more…)
guys, i have officially caught the self sewing fever. notice, i’m not referring to it as “selfish” anymore. some very interesting things are happening as a result. first, my wardrobe is growing faster than it has in several years. i’m not a big clothes person, but my fever is resulting in at least one garment per week…far more than i’d ever shop for. it’s the most productive fever ever. second, i’m becoming a better dresser. similar to when i began sewing more confidently for the kids, it’s been a weird transition into realizing i actually can wear what i sew, rather than treat all the pieces as ugly, failed experiments. i have to consciously divert my attention each morning from my typical ratty tee shirt and $5 jersey gaucho pants that haven’t been cool since i bought them in 2005 that compose my summer uniform and say to myself no, you are a respectable adult, and you can wear this sweet linen shirt hanging in your closet with the aligned stripes and contrast binding. now put it on and go stare at a waterfall, why don’t you. (more…)
it’s a big day in my life as a seamstress. pictured above is the colette sorbetto top (free pattern! yeah!), my first ever selfish sewing project. the whole process was relatively painless and just the gateway experience i needed to finally nudge me over the edge into sewing for myself. finally! as an aside, i am neither angry nor sad nor perplexed in this photo though it appears i might be all of these… i just have bright sun directly in my eyes and intended to crop my face out of every photo, but i wanted to leave just one with these magnificent weeds in the background against the blue sky. this is the field just across from our house (you might recognize it from the baby quilt post when these flowers were much shorter purple blossoms) and i just love how towering and gargantuan they are. does anybody know what these are? i want to take as many photos there as possible before it gets mowed down! (more…)