Year: 2017

Mom’s Seamwork Loretta

In October I mentioned how I wanted to finish a Loretta for my very patient and very kind mom. I finally did get that to her before Halloween, but didn’t get pictures of it until Thanksgiving, when she wore it for the holiday. Tada! The late fall/early winter in Los …

Pink V-Neck Sweater – McCall’s 7660

I first learned about this pattern from an Inside the Hem video. I really liked the idea of a v-neck sweater and I really wanted it in pink, just like the picture for view D. I imagined this in a boucle knit, but had a devil of a time finding any boucle, …

Hey, It Fits! – Blank Slate Blanc Tee in a Woven

I mentioned in my post about my Seamwork Loretta that I had used that same fabric once before to make a Blanc Tee, and how idiotic it was to use a woven fabric for a knit pattern. It obviously didn’t fit at the time, but I actually took my time …
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Cataloging My Stash – Vogue & Butterick Patterns

Continuing on my quest to tackle the organization process for all my patterns, I have a much more modest list of the other Big 4 companies’ patterns. In fact, I don’t even own any Kwik Sew patterns. They feel very much like they’re aimed at mid-Western PTA moms, which I …
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Dec17 Plans

Guise!!! It’s DECEMBER! The year is almost over. I have a credit card that expires in January 2018 and I thought that was forever away. It isn’t. It’s almost NOW. Oh geez. This is where I start thinking, “where the hell did the year go?” I’m kind of glad to …
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Nov17 Recap

Well, aren’t we glad that’s finally over? And by “that,” I mean the waiting on Thanksgiving so that Christmas decorations don’t seem so obscene. I’m a firm believer in all holidays having their scheduled time, so I refuse to decorate for the December holidays until after Thanksgiving. Plus, we live …
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Recapping #OWOP17

I did it! 7 days, 7 different looks from the same pattern. I do admit I repurposed one item for two different days, but that’s okay. I took the very basic One Hour Top from Fancy Tiger Crafts and used it as the template for all seven days. Even though …
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All the Ogden Camis

It was a damn hot summer in Los Angeles (and now it’s leaking into fall–no wonder people think we don’t have “seasons” here). Like triple-digits hot. Even though this is technically an urban desert, it’s not very common to go over 100 out here by the ocean. But it happened …
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Cataloging My Pattern Stash – McCall’s Patterns

I might have a problem. I like patterns. A lot. Especially when I was first starting out and saw all the shiny things, I wanted them all! The problem is that our tiny condo has zero storage, so organizing my stash is a bit of a nightmare. That still doesn’t …
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Menswear TNT Pattern – McCall’s 6044 or 9234

First, can we talk about the confusing pattern numbering systems sometimes employed by these companies? There’s one pattern number on the package, depending on where it is sold, and then another on the actual pattern itself, which is the one that corresponds to the company’s website. This isn’t limited to …

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