Thanks for all the love on my arrow dress you guys!!! I’m so glad you liked it. Here’s another garment I made to wear around in Portland for Quilt Market, a skirt with pockets from my friend Rashida Coleman-Hale’s Tsuru line for Cloud9 that’s out right now. If you saw all of my Tsuru Geranium Dress posts a couple months ago, so you already know how much I love this line of fabric. Now you’ll get to see all of the fun stuff I’m making for myself with the yardage Cloud9 sent me as a thank you for that collaboration. This one is with the “1000 Cranes” print that has been so popular.
I have been wearing this scarf around for nearly a year but never blogged it because it seemed…well…rather simple. But the fact is, it’s my favorite scarf to wear, hands down. I do love my velveteen-voile scarf and the liberty one as well, but this one has pompoms. Need I say more?
Actually I will; the other thing that makes this one a favorite is that it’s super soft and lightweight, because it’s made completely of shot cotton, one of my favorite fabrics of all time. Shot cotton has a very soft feel and loose weave, but it’s not as sheer as a gauze and it has a nice drape. And of course for some reason no one seems to be…
I’ve been in love with this print ever since I saw it for the first time last spring. From Ladies Stitching Club collection by Oliver+S.
Better with the red or the gold sweater? You know I’m so bad at decisions.
Love the way the pockets pop out on their own even when there are no hands in them. The pattern is just a very simple flat-front / elastic-back rectangle skirt with roughly 4x my waist circumference. It’s super-duper full. I’ve always felt that if you’re going to go full, you should go ALL OUT dudes. One last shot here, you can see a bit of the waistband:
I’ve been seeing lots of project roundups from last year pop up on other people’s blogs over the past week, and I realized how much I enjoy them. I love seeing a bunch of things from the entire year presented in one place! So satisfying. It just appeals to my visual side. So I started to look through all of my projects from this past year to see if I could sum up my 2012 projects in photos. It turns out that’s a pretty big job, yikes. At the same time, I definitely started to see some general trends. For instance, I sewed a TON of stuff for me this year, especially dresses and tops (YAY!!):
Why does it seem like whenever I have a clear concept in my head that seems easy to sew, it never turns out exactly the way I had envisioned? Case in point: this top. I won’t show you the sketch I had before I started, m’kay?
The main thought was: pleated top, cinched in at waist (something you could also do with an elastic casing or drawstring), with sort of a faux peplum at the bottom. Which now that I’m looking at in photos, needs to be a bit shorter. But OK, I will admit that I got the overall concept. I guess I think I was picturing it more flowy, less poofy. Maybe I’ll try this with the new AMH rayons when they…
I’m so excited to show you how to add a longer sleeve to the Washi Dress as shown in the Ruby Star Washi Dress post! I’ve made a pattern piece that you may download for free (yay!!). For your convenience, the instructions for sewing the sleeve are printed on the pattern piece in addition to this tutorial. Please note that the various sizes of this pattern are UNTESTED, so you use at your own risk. Feel free to email me if you have feedback. Thanks!
This pattern piece is provided with the understanding that it will be used in conjunction with the Washi Dress Sewing Pattern. All files and images are protected by copyright law. You may not distribute or…
Works great with tights and boots.
Sometimes it makes me a little sad that my kids won’t grow up with records or tapes. I remember listening to a kid-sized (maybe fisher price?) record player when I was a kid. My dad had a really nice turntable and scads of vinyl that slowly got replaced with CDs in the 80s. CD’s are disappearing. Elliot thinks it’s a novelty when we get a book on CD from the library and he gets to put it in the tray and press “play.” I think…
A couple of weeks ago I taught the Trace and Make Tee class here in Ann Arbor along with my friend Karen. I wanted to make another tee just to make sure I knew what I was doing before the class so I pulled out the teal rib knit I’d bought earlier this year from Brenda at Pink Castle for the knit series and made a short-sleeved version of the striped 3/4-length-sleeve tee I posted earlier on this blog, which was traced from a tee I own. And what the heck, why do I always have this same serious expression on my face? I guess I need to start laughing more…
I have to admit that reading your comments on the Orange Washi Dress post last week made me freak out, just a little bit. For one thing, it made me really excited to see how excited so many of you are for this pattern. NO PRESSURE.
But the other thing: I worry that some people might think that because I have spent so much time on this pattern, getting the bust darts just the way I want them, for example, that the bust darts will automatically be perfect for you as well. Knowing what I know about women’s bodies (that we are curvy and all shaped differently), I know that just simply isn’t true. And while the Washi Dress has some really awesome…
UPDATE: The Washi Dress sewing pattern is now available here
It’s been just over a month since I posted the Washi Dress and I can tell from the emails and comments I’ve been getting that some of you are starting to get antsy for the pattern. I’m happy to report that Elli (my uber-talented graphics queen) and I are making good progress. I know it seems slow, but it must. be. perfect. Six sizes now instead of five (upper chest roughly 41″ on the largest size), so that’s good too. Slow and steady wins the race, I say. No good to put out something that I don’t feel is totally excellent. I also talked to Rashida Coleman-Hale (designer of…
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