The problem with sewing as much as you want

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The only problem with sewing as much as you want is that you end up with lots of stuff. Lots of garments you loved to think about, plan out, and make reality. But how much stuff does one need? Not so much, I think. When putting back in storage (finally!) my winter clothes and reviewing my possessions (which I am trying to keep to a certain minimum that still lets me discover new combinations and garments I love and not worn in a while), I realised I have a bit more than I really need. Do I love everything I sew?…

A self-drafted floral peplum top

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“Oh! A top with flowers”… my partner exclaimed when presented with this blouse.” But you don’t really do flowers…” And it’s true. I don’t. Normally. Yet when I saw this fabric, a light and fresh cotton batiste it screamed of spring and pretty things. There was still snow on the ground then, but today it feel like a good day to share this without feeling spring will be jinxed and forever banished from Canada. In a recent post, Portia was writing how sewing enables us to adapt trends (or in this case things that inspire us) and make them work…

Tie Dye Flared Knit Top

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This is actually a short sleeve top I made almost two years ago (!), I just drafted the pattern using a t-shirt I already owned and, instead of cutting the body of the top at the sleeve point, I continued the shoulder line, perpendicular to the neck line. I explained how to create the flare, in the How to make a flared waist tank top blogpost. The construction is very simple: I first sewed the shoulders seams together, then the side seams. I then finished the flutter sleeves, the neckline and the bottom hem. Very simple and very practical. Garment notes: Sewing pattern: self-made.…

DIY Natural Beetroot Dyed Easter Eggs

pink pastel easter eggs colored naturally with beetroot

If you’d like to paint eggs in a natural way this Easter, you could try this quick tutorial. I first grated the beetroot and boiled it until it was done. If you don’t want to grate it, you can also cut it into chunks. I strained the beetroot, mix it with carrots and mayo and made a side salad 🙂 I kept simmering the remaining dye for 10 more minutes. In the meantime, I boiled the eggs. You can also boil the eggs in the beetroot coloured water! I think the colour would stick much better (and they’ll be pink…

How to make a flared waist tank top (pattern drafting basics)

self drafted tank top

I wanted to show you a very easy pattern drafting for a top that flares from the bust down. To draft this, I first traced around a tank top I already owned and fit me well. The best top to trace from is a top in a similar fabric than the one you are going to sew you new top. If you’re using a woven fabric for your new top, use a woven fabric old top. If you’re using a stretchy knit, the more similar the stretchiness in your RTW (ready to wear) to your new fabric, the closest the…

Thick knit long sleeve tunic (a Mesa pattern hack)

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If you’ve been reading my blog before, you might have noticed a lot of Mesa Love. Mesa is a basic, yet beautifully shaped, t-shirt dress pattern from from Seamwork Magazine. I love Seamwork Magazine. I love the simpler lines and how easy it is to modify them. It’s easy to be creative with a good base. Other Mesa-based garments I made: Magenta knit mesa dress (no alterations) Green textured knit mesa (modified) For this long sleeve tunic I changed the neckline a bit by bringing in closer to the neck (to make it less boat-neck-shaped) and then lowered it a few…

How to tie dye fabric napkins with blueberries (DIY natural dye)

naturally shibori napkins

Have you ever tried natural dyes? Some of the natural dyes I’ve used in the past are coffee and tea. They give linen and cotton a wonderful vintage look. This time I’ve tried blueberries. They always stain my fingers and they stained one of my handmade napkins recently, so I thought I’d give it a try. I first boiled a cup of blueberries in water for around 30 minutes. I strained the berries and left the not dark red looking water, to which I added vinegar and salt to help set the colour on my cotton napkins. Before submerging them in the…

Slouchy, cropped cardigan (knitted)

white knitted cardigan

This is a slouchy T-shirt shaped open cardigan in stockinette stitch. It doesn’t get simpler than this. There’s no ribbing, no shaping, apart from the increase for the sleeves and it’s knitted in a cross shape, from the back piece, to shoulders and sleeves, to the two front pieces. The fabric is lucky soft white acrylic that looks good over my mesa dresses. Being that the -28 C degrees weather doesn’t permit really permit non-warm layering, this will have to wait until spring, probably. I keep thinking whether I should ad a closure of some kind or just leave it as it…

Upcycled: blue wool Oslo cardigan to tiny vest

upcycled oslo cardigan to tiny vest

As happy as I was when I first made this wool Oslo cardigan, and as much as I tried to wear it outside the house, the cardigan just didn’t work! It was just so itchy! It was itchy even on top of two layers, so lining it would have not worked. So I washed it cold and dried it hot in the drier to see if the felted wool would be a bit less itchy. The cardigan was oversized so it worked, but alas, it was still itchy. I washed it with conditioner in an attempt to make it even…

Black Knit Skirt

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I really wanted to make a simple knit skirt pattern for a while now. A couple of months ago I even wrote this post about 5 knit pencil skirts that inspired me. While I would like to stay away from a true pencil skirt silhouette, I like the effortless and fitted look of a knit skirt. This is just a first try. I am not 100% happy with how it fits in the back, but I will wear it a few times and see what I can improve. Without modifying a pattern, this would look much better in a more structured knit,…