This coat has been in the works for awhile. I started it in the spring, but by the time I was close to finishing, it was already too warm to wear it. I lost motivation at that point, and it sat on Annie (my dress form) all through the summer. The fabric is a silk… Read More Silk Coat
A couple years ago, I went on a sari-buying binge. I have slowly been turning them into garments, first some dresses, then a skirt, and finally a top made from the scraps. This summer I took advantage of the warm weather and washed all of the saris I have left and hung them outside to… Read More Top from a Vintage Silk Sari
This was actually my Halloween costume from last year. I’m dressed as Claire Randall Fraser from Outlander, in an 18th century robe de anglaise. I wore it to a Halloween party that turned out to be a surprise wedding, and I had too much fun to get good pictures of the dress. So, this post… Read More Me as Claire Fraser from Outlander
So this fabric is everything that is wonderful in the world. First, it is silk which is pretty much the best fiber except for wool. Second, it is purple; I think it is well known that I love purple beyond reason. Third, it is plaid, which I love almost as much as I love purple.… Read More Fifties-style dress with PURPLE PLAID!!!
All the pretty pictures were taken by Julie Haider. It’s taken a bit of time to get this final post done, as we are trying to get settled into our new house, but I am so excited to finally share the pictures of this dress. It was a long process (11 months according to my… Read More Sewing My Wedding Dress: Part 4, THE WEDDING!!
OMG, it’s finished!!! To get caught up on my process so far see my first and second posts. The main construction of the dress went pretty fast, but then I didn’t work on it for months. One thing I noticed was that sewing this dress has made me care about the state of my nails… Read More Sewing My Wedding Dress: Part 3
Photo by our wedding photographer, Julie Haider. In addition to making my wedding dress, I am also making the two bridesmaid dresses. I wanted both the bridesmaids to actually like their dresses, and (hopefully) be able to wear them again. I let each one pick her own pattern. The fabric is a dark purple silk… Read More Bridesmaid Dresses
This past summer, I signed up for a Burda magazine subscription, and I have not regretted it. Although I haven’t made something from every issue, I have made several things (see here, here, and here). I really like that I am building up a good collection of basic patterns. Even if a pattern is not… Read More A Basic Top From Burda
If you have read any number of posts on my blog, you may have picked up on the fact that I strongly prefer the “cool” colors (purple, blue, and green). I actually find it very hard to buy fabric that is not predominantly those colors, unless it is a neutral like white or black. But… Read More Trying Out a New Color and Experimenting with Grain
In my last post about my wedding dress, I got you up to speed on what I had accomplished so far. It took me awhile to take the plunge into starting the actual dress, but I finally have. The first thing I did was prep my muslin (and paper) pattern pieces by cutting off the… Read More Sewing My Wedding Dress: Part 2