September is National Sewing Month!

by Erin on September 1, 2015

So I guess September is National Sewing Month? (In the US, at least?)

September is a pretty good month for it, if you had to choose just one: there’s still warm weather (again, in the US) but also the promise of cooler weather to come, so you can sew for both seasons. There’s back-to-school, which always seems to make people want new clothes (whether they are in school or not — and more time to sew if your kids just went back to school …). Plus there’s the annual goal of getting a jump start on any holiday sewing.

If I were going to set ambitious sewing goals for the month (which I’m not, but …) I’d try to make September a month to prepare me for better sewing for the rest of the year. I’d re-organize my patterns and fabric, I’d sort through (and blog about!) all the books in my sewing library, and I’d go get all my scissors sharpened and learn to use that last orphan presser foot that came with my machine. I’d toss all the old thread that I’ve moved eight times and will never use, and do something cool with all those vintage wooden spools that I keep hanging on to. And maybe (just maybe) I’d finally cut enough squares for a quilt.

That’s if I were going to set ambitious sewing goals for September, which I’m not, because I already have ambitious non-sewing goals for September, and well into October. (Watch this space!)

What are your National Sewing Month goals?

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Gray Gardens

by Erin on August 23, 2015

Hey, it’s another Simplicity 2389!
Simplicity 2389 Kokka

I think this fabric is called Flower Field (maybe?) and is Kokka Trefle? A few minutes’ desultory Googling hasn’t turned up a picture. It feels like Kokka’s linen/cotton mix and I know I bought it from Superbuzzy in 2013 (thanks to saving every fabric invoice in my inbox). Here’s the full front view:
Simplicity 2389 Flower Field

And here’s the center front, with an attempt at matching the pattern across the front seam:

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And of course the shoulder piping:

Simplicity 2389 Shoulder piping

The zipper/pocket (also with piping):

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And the back:

Simplicity 2389 Flower field back

I say “Simplicity 2389” but it’s really the Simplicity 2389 with the modified Heidi skirt, as usual. As you might imagine after seeing so many of these hybrids in a row, I really really like this dress. (And I have a few more coming to post.) It’s just so darn easy to make and wear, and I haven’t really run out of interesting (to me, at least) combinations of print and piping (even self-piping).

But last week I found myself thinking about a simple, V-neck bodice with a six-gore pocketed skirt, probably in  dark denim. I’d like it for rainy cold SF days (I’m betting/hoping that we may have more than a couple of those this winter), so perhaps the tide is turning?

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Book Review: Modern DIY Upholstery

July 26, 2015

When I saw that this book was available for review I stuck my hand straight up and said, “Me, please” and it just came a few days ago. I have NOT yet re-upholstered anything according to these instructions, but I can tell it’s only a matter of time, because reupholstery projects involve three things I […]

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In Search Of … The Perfect San Francisco Coat

July 19, 2015

I’ve been working in the actual city of San Francisco for about a month and I’ve realized that I need a “San Francisco coat”. What’s a “San Francisco coat”? It’s a coat that is: lightweight but wind-resistant water-resistant but not waterproof (waterproof coats are usually too warm, and it doesn’t really rain that much in […]

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I’m With the Bandana

July 12, 2015

Been a while since I posted a new dress, huh? Here’s one that’s been waiting patiently in pieces for ages: This is in some black bandana print so old that I can’t remember when or where I bought it. It is not great fabric — it’s pretty stiff and there were plenty of print faults […]

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Today’s Pattern Story: Simplicity 2898

June 29, 2015

  Pink: What’s my cue, again? Green: I say “Double-cross me, will you?” and turn around, and then you say — Pink: Oh! I remember: “I thought you were safely bringing up the rear, but it’s curtains for both of us, now!” Green: I don’t know why you can’t remember this. Pink: I just want […]

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It’s another shirt-shirtdress!

May 15, 2015

I finally found the right old shirt to complete this particular shirt-shirtdress: I’ve made this particular … can’t really call it a pattern; let’s call it an agglomeration, okay? twice before. (This one I blogged about.) Here’s the back: I made the back panel wider this go-around, and used the same shirt for the back […]

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Everyone loves a parade

May 8, 2015

For some reason (can’t think why) this fabric reminds me of ticker-tape parades: It is, as you may have already guessed, another Simplicity 2389 bodice with a Heidi skirt. It’s a slightly grabby fabric — you can see it’s hitching a little on my dress form. Either that, or the center front seam is a little […]

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YAWD (yet another winterish dress)

April 27, 2015

I made another dress like this one, right down to also using Liberty Lantana fabric: The name of this particular print is “Haberdashery”, and I fell in love with the weird faux-patchwork: (“Haberdashery” is a fairly stupid name to call a Liberty print, because it is nigh-unGoogleable, but here it is at Shaukat iffen you […]

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Stealth Liberty of London?

April 10, 2015

I feel like this fabric (at Mood) is a Liberty print, but I can’t find verification of it: I ordered some (because duh, and because I hadn’t spent my fabric allowance for February OR March) and it doesn’t feel like Tana Lawn, but might feel like the Liberty poplin range — I couldn’t tell for […]

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