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…

Pattern Testing: Grainline Studio Augusta Shirt

Back in April, I had the pleasure of pattern testing the Grainline Studio Augusta Shirt & Dress. This was early on in the pandemic, so while it was (and still is) a strange time, I remember it being a welcome distraction to have something else to focus on. Using pattern testers is a way for the designer to work out…

Garlic Dill Refrigerator Pickles

The last few years, I have finally gotten growing cucumbers down to a science. Ever since we got some trees removed, the front yard gets plenty of sun now, so my yields overall have improved. With cucumbers specifically, I have gotten better at remembering to continually harvest, so that the plant keeps producing. What that means, is that I now…

Zebra La Brea Tee

I have begun to reach for the knit items in my wardrobe almost exclusively after months of working from home. As the weather has warmed up, I have also started to get sick of wearing the same couple of knit tees over and over again, so I realized I needed more knit t-shirts. Stores have started opening back up recently,…

Tie Dye Sallie Maxi Dress

It’s sort of become a tradition for me to sew myself a dress for my birthday. By sort of, I mean I do it about every other year. With a big party out of the question this year, I didn’t even think about sewing a dress until just a few days before my birthday. It just so happened that I…

Buffalo Check Archer Button Up

How have you all been? Has everybody still been sewing? Lately, I have been motivated to make things that I need, but it is also a nice escape sometimes. It probably goes without saying that these last few months have been unlike anything any of us have ever experienced in our lifetime. I remember thinking it was weird that people…

Matt’s Birthday Colette Negroni #3

If you participated in #virtualfrocktails back on April 4th, you may have seen this Colette Patterns Negroni I made for this handsome fella. Matt and I posted a pic of ourselves and did a little IG live in our #quarantinelife attire. It made me realize I hadn’t blogged about either of our recent flannel makes. This is the third Colette…

Forest Green Waterproof Kelly Anorak

The Kelly Anorak by Closet Case Patterns is an intermediate level pattern that can be made more complicated by adding a lining or working with different technical fabrics. Since I live in Seattle and it rains a lot here, I knew I wanted to make a waterproof version like the one Heather Lou made, so I decided to use the…

2020 Word of the Year: Slow

We’re just over a week into February, which means we are almost to the eighth anniversary of Rake and Make! Since I started blogging in 2012, many bloggers have left this sphere in exchange for the shorter form of Instagram. I understand why and sometimes think I should do the same, but what keeps me coming back is the record…