Railroad Stripe Harlene Dungarees

I feel like I have been crossing so many garments off my “dream wardrobe” list lately and these railroad stripe Harlene Dungarees where high on that list. I had been looking for a classic overalls pattern and I already knew from sewing my first pair that the Harlene Dungarees fit the bill. Details Pattern Merchant and Mills Harlene Dungarees Size traced…

A Starry Sheer Sudley Dress

I had high hopes for the holidays last year (and how social we could be), so I dug into my stash and pulled out this beautiful silk I bought at Mill End the weekend of Portland Frocktails and made this Megan Neilsen Sudley Dress. Details Pattern Megan Neilsen Sudley Dress:  View C This dress can be made all sorts of…

Black Ginger Jeans

My Mid-rise Ginger Jeans get worn an almost embarrassing amount. I mean, like almost every day. I have other clothes, but jeans are just what I like to wear and what I reach for day after day. That said, a gap in my wardrobe has been more pants, specifically a pair of black pants. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not…

Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress

One reason I wanted to start sewing my own clothes was that I had a vision of the perfect shirt dress. Store bought dresses never fit me right. I am tall and pear shaped, so if they fit in the waist they were too big in the bust and they were always way too short. When I was first learning…

Planting Garlic

In the Pacific Northwest, garlic can be planted throughout October and into early November, so if you are in this area you still have time! The way I learned how to plant garlic is that you should soak the cloves in a solution of water, seaweed extract or fish emulsion, and baking soda for a couple of hours before planting.…

Harlene Gardening Dungarees

For a long time, I have wanted a pair of overalls to garden in—something I didn’t mind getting dirty in, was comfortable to wear, and didn’t involve me constantly hiking them up so that the neighbors wouldn’t see my butt crack when I bent over—basically a knock off pair of Carhartts. This past spring, I finally made them! I used…

Seamwork Audrey Jacket

Ready-to-wear jean jackets have never fit me right. Being on the pair shaped side, they are often too big in the bust and too small at the waist and then don’t button up very well. I had been wanting a well-fitted jean jacket for a long time and last fall, a friend of mine—who was just getting into sewing garments—was…

2020 Year in Review

It’s taken me a couple of weeks to figure out what I want to say about 2020. Previous year in review posts pale in comparison to this one and I’ve had some crazy years! The year started normal enough, but no one (except maybe Bill Gates) expected what would soon come. Unlike previous years, I don’t need to tell you…

Black Tencel Twill Pietra Shorts

It’s been a summer of new silhouettes for me, first with my Sallie Maxi Dress and then my Charlie Caftan. In keeping on the Closet Core train, next up (and possibly my last make of the summer) was a pair of Pietra Shorts in a perfect black tencel twill bottom weight from Stylemaker Fabrics. I have never been much of…

Caftans and Cocktails: A Palm Print Charlie Caftan

Last year, I discovered the value of a good sewing challenge with the “Sew Bibs” challenge. It made me realize that deadlines motivate me to get sewing projects done. It’s also super fun to share your completed garment with a bunch of people sewing the same thing at the same time. Nowadays, anything that can make being stuck at home…