Year: 2018

Sewing etc

5 Lessons Learned from a Year of NOT Buying Clothes

The end of the year is always good for reflection on lessons learned. The resolutions we made last year are tallied and deemed successful or not. Did we do as well as expected? This time last year I made a pledge to go a full year without shopping for clothes. …
Sewing etc

2018 Year in Review

The 2018 year in review is going to be different than 2017’s. Last year I had a review of only my wins. For 2018 I want to review the misses AND the wins. But instead of calling them “fails,” I’m going to think of them as “course corrections.” I was …
Pattern Reviews

Top 5 Sewing Patterns of 2018

It was hard work but I was finally able to come up with my top 5 sewing patterns of 2018. Just to illustrate how tough this was, I originally had 13 makes I wanted to share! But I got wise and decided to narrow it down to my favorite patterns. …
Pattern Reviews

Wiksten Haori Jacket Pattern Review

Wiksten recently changed the name of their Kimono Jacket to the Wiksten Haori. Why? Isn’t it a kimono? No, it isn’t. Even though that is what this style of sleeve is usually referred to as it’s not technically correct. Even if that’s how it’s named in your technical books. From Wiksten’s …
Lifestyle Issues

7 Tips for Maintaining Health Goals during The Holidays

“The Holidays.” For some people, this is a great time of year. For others, not so much. In the States, this Thursday is Thanksgiving and the unofficial start to the holiday season. From my own personal experience, “the holidays” means I’m going to be tempted by overindulgence in food and drink, …
Pattern Reviews

Hey June Handmade Halifax Hoodie Pattern Review

Back in August, the #sewmystyle2018 pattern choice was the Halifax Hoodie from Hey June Handmade. At the time it was still too damn hot in Los Angeles to wear a sweatshirt. But by October it started to cool off enough (at night at least) to consider wearing layers. The teal …
Drink Recipes

The Sweet Dirty Martini – An Obscure Cocktail

Why is the sweet dirty martini an obscure cocktail? Because I made it up! Or so I thought!* Even if I didn’t, I have yet to ever find a bartender who knows how to make it without me dictating the ingredients. Go ahead and Google it. The first and only sweet …