Category: DIY Fashion

Pattern Reviews

Peach “Flashdance” Sweater – Simplicity 8089

Even if you weren’t yet born in 1983, you’re probably well aware of the iconic grey off-shoulder sweater that Jennifer Beals sported in Flashdance. Even my millennial husband, not born until later in the decade, called this my Flashdance sweater when I first showed it to him. Honestly, it’s …
Pattern Reviews

Striped Berry Fail – The Made It Drop Top

Have you ever fallen in love with the idea of something, only to have the reality not quite measure up? Have you ever actually visualized yourself in a garment one way, spent the time to create it, then it just doesn’t wow you? I’ve had a few too many of …
Pattern Reviews

Seamwork Loretta Top for Mom

In October I mentioned how I wanted to finish a Loretta top 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 …
Pattern Reviews

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, …
Sewing

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 …
Sewing

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 …
Pattern Reviews

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 …
Pattern Reviews

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 …
Pattern Reviews

My First TNT Pattern – McCall’s 6754

The month of #SewcialistsTNT patterns is in full swing! I actually had to think about what patterns are “tried and true” to me. Usually I make something once and move on to my next project. I always mean to come back to a successful make and reimagine it anew, but …
Pattern Reviews

All the Saunios

Throughout the year, the ongoing #sewmystyle Instagram project has brought the online sewing community a monthly challenge to all make the same project. Planned by Alex Bartholomew of Bluebird Fabrics, the challenge curated 12 patterns from indie designers available at a discount for anyone participating (sign-ups were required).   View …