1000 Things to Do with a Sewing Machine, Dresses, Fabrics, I made it!! 2016, Indie sewing patterns, Sewing, sewing machine feet, sewing patterns, Vintage patterns

What do you get when you cross a …

needle with a tiger - A pinstripe! What do you get when you cross a bodice pattern block, a Sewaholic Hollyburn skirt and a vintage Butterick pattern?  Let me show you! In the '80s I remember having a red polyester knit dress - similar to the one here without a collar.  I loved it! I decided to… Continue reading What do you get when you cross a …

1000 Things to Do with a Sewing Machine, Craftsy courses, I made it!! 2015, Pants, Sewing, Sewing Books, sewing courses, sewing patterns

What I did on my summer vacation. (Part II)

... just a hint … it involved a LOT of butt gazing! The first (and last) time I sewed myself a pair of pants (trousers) was when I was in grade 8.  It was a tunic top and hipster/bell bottom pants, sort of like this pattern, made of PINK 100% polyester (the heavy stuff). Those… Continue reading What I did on my summer vacation. (Part II)

1000 Things to Do with a Sewing Machine, Craftsy courses, I made it!! 2015, Pants, Sewing, sewing courses

More studying! … Pants Fitting Shell …

I know, it's been a long project!  In October I made my Bodice Fitting Shell and in January I made my Skirt Fitting Shell.  Finally, I have finished my Pants Fitting Shell. Like before, again I had the help of a Craftsy course - this time Pants Fitting Techniques by Sandra Betzina and her Vogue Pattern… Continue reading More studying! … Pants Fitting Shell …

1000 Things to Do with a Sewing Machine, Coats, I made it!! 2014, Sewing

Hunkering down for the winter…

... not that it has even snowed yet.  Hopefully it will not be anything like the freaky Winter of '96 (photo below and see source post here). It doesn't snow much here ("knock on wood") but I intend on getting warm and cozy in December anyway.  So to start I have made a fuzzy fleece… Continue reading Hunkering down for the winter…

Dresses, I made it!! 2014, Indie sewing patterns, Sewing, Sewing Challenges

No rain, a new hair-do and a new dress!

... this is Happiness! It's Frocktober! A while ago I received my Sewaholic Yaletown pattern in the mail and knew I had to sew it up with my Batic 100% rayon purchased during my shopping trip to Vancouver!  My dress is done now, just in time, and I am very pleased with it. This pattern was… Continue reading No rain, a new hair-do and a new dress!

1000 Things to Do with a Sewing Machine, Craftsy courses, I made it!! 2014, Sewing, Sewing Books, sewing courses, Tops

Quiet Please! Studying in Session!

I have definitely been busy, not sewing, but studying.  I have been working on my Bodice fitting shell!  When done, I hope to use it as a guide for fitting other patterns or even, some day, designing some patterns for myself! A while back, I bought myself the Craftsy courses "Fast-Track Fitting" and "Fast-Track Fitting: In The… Continue reading Quiet Please! Studying in Session!

Sewing, Sewing Books

Christmas all over again!

I have bought myself a wonderful after-Christmas present. How to use, adapt, and design sewing patterns, by Lee Hollahan I love reading books on the bus during my long commute to and from work. (If you can't do it, ya might as well be reading about it!). The table of contents looks loaded with "how… Continue reading Christmas all over again!