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by Erin on November 19, 2015

You may enjoy this over at The Toast. :-)


2015 Plaidurday Dress

by Erin on October 12, 2015

Plaidurday was more than a week ago, so I suppose I should post my Plaidurday dress (no spoilers!):

2015 Plaidurday dress

This fabric is a cotton/linen blend; I bought the last 2.75 yards from Fabric Mart Fabrics (sorry).

Plaid dress bodice

Piped pockets, of course:

piped pockets

Zipper and side-seam matching:

plaid dress side seam

I really like the bold stripe down the shoulder:

plaid dress shoulder

This picture really shows you the linen-y texture of the fabric:

plaid dress shoulder piping

And the back:

plaid dress back

I’m really into plaid for autumn/winter, and especially dark plaids, so I was happy to find this fabric — dark in color, but light in weight, perfect for autumn-in-San-Francisco-that’s-really-summer. What fabrics or patterns are you dreaming about for autumn?


Cheap Chic: 40th Anniversary Edition

September 27, 2015

Cheap Chic, the fashion classic, has been reprinted in a special 40th anniversary edition, with a foreword by Tim Gunn. I don’t remember where I first read this book; it must have been in the 1980s, and I’m pretty sure it was a public library copy, the cover reinforced with whatever the library grade of […]

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Read the label and say it loud

September 25, 2015

I never thought I needed labels for the dresses I make, but Nozlee showed me how cool they can be, so I made some: (Yes, Nozlee’s are cooler.) Anyway, if you need them too, Wunderlabel is having a sale — it ends tonight, use code “firstwunder2015” to get 20% off.

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& another stunt dress

September 17, 2015

So a couple weekends ago I made another stunt dress: This fabric is called “Symbolic Elegance” and is “from the ‘Ampersand’ collection by Ampersand Design Studio for Windham Fabrics,” according to eQuilter, where I bought it. The pattern is the only one I’ve been making lately: Simplicity 2389 with the modified Heidi skirt. Why is […]

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September is National Sewing Month!

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 […]

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Gray Gardens

August 23, 2015

Hey, it’s another Simplicity 2389! 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 […]

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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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