I should have considered the fact that this shade of nudey-beige is NOT the most flattering shade on me before buying yards and yards of this dotted knit last spring, but I was drawn like a magpie to those gold dots and I just couldn’t resist. In fact I broke a number of my own “rules for buying knits,” as it ended up being more sheer than expected (I didn’t request a swatch), and it was pretty cheap, which seemed great until I realized I was starting to get a pilly knit dress. Why oh why did I think it would be different this time? Two words: GOLD DOTS.
I also should have remembered that I’m at least a whole size larger than…
So I made myself a new maxi dress for the beach! It makes me feel super glamorous. It’s made out of flowy cotton rayon which also makes it incredibly comfortable. The other great thing about this dress is that I made it with just one 1.5-yard piece of 54″ wide fabric. AND it was super quick to make, which is just the right speed for me these days; it’s gotta be fast otherwise it just won’t happen.
The basic idea is that you cut the fabric into two rectangles, sew the sides together, leaving the bottom 18″ unsewn for slits, sew with elastic thread in a big spiral around the top portion (shirring tutorial here), and then finish the hem and slits. The…
Hey look it’s a new tank dress for ME! sewn with Lotus Pond (the orange print is called “Lotus Drop”) and a stretchy grey heather knit jersey. I made up the tank pattern and then just gathered the skirt (two rectangles with pockets cut into the sides) to the bottom of the tank. Want a handy tip for this? Use elastic thread in the bobbin when attaching the skirt to the top — this helps prevent the knit from getting all stretched out. You could even do this with a store-bought tank and a couple yards of fabric.
Sometimes I have to pinch myself that I get to sew with my own fabric designs. Wheee! Can’t wait to see what everyone else is…
Hee. Today it is TOTALLY CRACKING ME UP to juxtapose these two photos like they do on the “Who Wore It Best? ” page in those trashy mags that are always piling up at salons:
Pink and orange stripes? CHECK! Vaguely behemoth in nature? CHECK!
I am so on trend, it’s unbelievable.
[my striped rayon top via this post]
[Emilia Wickstead's dress this pin]
I have been sick in bed all weekend with flu, but I’m feeling a bit better today so I’m propping the ol’ bones up in bed to post some pics of my newest version of Josephine. Having the flu right before Christmas totally stinks, but it looks like I may be better by Christmas so I’m gulping tons of tea and trying to rest. Elliot had the flu last week and so I’m crossing all fingers and toes that Clementine won’t get it over Christmas. Both Mr Rae and I got flu shots this year, but we hadn’t taken the kids in to get theirs yet (parents-of-the-YEAR!!!), though as you can see a whole lot of good it did me, so I guess…
One of the most common questions I got when the Ruby Dress pattern came out this summer was “can you add a sleeve to it?” It was hard for me to say “not yet!” but I knew that we had two new gathered sleeves coming out in both the Washi Expansion Pack and the Josephine pattern (we’re working on it!) that would work nicely with Ruby. I finally had a chance to test the Washi XP sleeve out on this Ruby top (fabric is Anna Maria Horner’s Field Study rayon challis) and it worked great!
I love a gathered sleeve because the generous fit means it’s comfortable, and it’s easy to sew because it will fit just about any…
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When the original Washi Dress Sewing Pattern was released over a year ago in August 2012, I was blown away by the response to the pattern. BLOWN. AWAY. Washi was the first women’s pattern I ever released, with the idea that I wanted to produce a flattering dress pattern for women that would work with cottons and not just apparel fabrics. I had no idea so many people would like it. I still sometimes have to pinch myself over how many of you have purchased the pattern, how many Washis have been made and…
Happy Monday everyone! Today I thought I’d show you how the ol’ handmade wardrobe is translating into maternity clothing. I’m now about 5 months along, so the baby bump is definitely starting to cramp my style, wardrobe-wise. Some of my tops and pants are starting to go into storage because they’re too short or too tight. But I’ve found a few things that are working!!
I was a bit surprised to find that the two shorter skirts I made with elastic waists this year (this one and this one) still fit pretty nicely, mostly because they have elastic in the back half of the waistband so I can push them down to my hips. Normally I wear them at the waist,…
About a month ago, Liesl of Oliver+S launched her new line of women’s patterns for fall under the Liesl + Co. brand. She sent over advance copies of the new patterns so I could give them a try, and this one, the Late Lunch Tunic, caught my eye because I knew it would be perfect for hiding my ever-growing baby bump!
I’m super excited for Liesl as she expands her already high-quality pattern offerings to include not only children’s but also women’s. Liesl is known for writing exceptional patterns, and these live up to the standard we’ve come to expect from her; they include carefully written, clear instructions as well as helpful additional information (such as how…
Thanks so much everyone for your congratulations on our fun news!! We are excited. Yes we are. And thanks to my seester Elli for posting it, even though it meant that some people thought *she* was preggers, thanks to a poorly captioned Instagram pic I posted that also posted to Facebook and confused some relatives. OY. SOOORRY Elli!! I’m lucky she has to love me, right?
Today I want to show you a new Ruby Dress I made for my little seester Kricket for her birthday about a month ago. Kricket loved the original Ruby Dress I had made for myself last spring and was threatening to steal it out of my closet, so I made a…
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