My light chambray Adelaide dress

adelaide front

There are several reasons why I loved sewing the Adelaide dress from Seamwork. First, because the magazine really inspires me, from the patterns created to the thoughtfulness of the articles. And it’s that thoughtfulness that is contagious. This dress is supposed to take three hours to sew, but I made it across several weekends, cutting it slowly, then sewing it slowly and finishing it, you’ve guessed it, equally slowly. Which is something I’m trying to learn how to do. I really like the pattern and how it’s cut. It’s like Sarai knows women have curves and where those curves are…

Harem style house pants

harem style pants diy

I’ve actually made these pants two summers ago and forgot to post them. I wanted to link to them the other day in the How to shop your closet with Pinterest post and realised they were nowhere to be found. These pants were fun to make and fun to wear: a light batiste with pink roses (a type of fabric that I love looking at but never end wearing) and a little bit of elastic thread and they were ready in a couple of hours. I used another pair of pants I had as a pattern and got too lazy to…

3 new pages from my sketchbook

sketchbook ideas by sky turtle

Do you sketch? I’ve recently started documenting some of the things I like and would try to make and I’ve noticed that sketching not only allows me to better imagine the final garment, but it also helps with the need to make a million things, because sketching somehow counts as a creative process, so I can change my mind about a garment before I sew something that will never be worn outside the house. Like these pj pants, for example : ( Some of these are garment sketches start from something I found on Pinterest, but drawing them gives me the space…

Best of June in sewing and making

best of june in sewing and making sky turtle

Last month I started documenting the small pleasures, little discoveries and hopefully areas of personal growth in sewing, knitting, making in general. These were my favourite things to discover or do in June: Inspired to sew (or at least consider trying) sewing a bra. I’ve been reading and admiring bloggers who make lingerie and especially bras, but I’ve never considered it something I could try, until I read Ingrid’s post about her Watson bra. She says this: “I think one of the reasons I love making lingerie, is that it takes no time whatsoever, and I don’t have to break…

How to shop – and get inspired by – your own closet with Pinterest

ripped denim jeans how to style

Do you guys remember life before Pinterest or Bloglovin? Pinterest is great: there’s no need to limit yourself to just 20 (200?) photos because they won’t fit on your corkboard, you can share and discover new things and create secret boards if you want to “marinate” a project or an idea. But I’m preaching to the converted I believe The downside of Pinterest is that it – in all it’s wonderfulness – contributes to analysis paralysis. Soo many choices, everything is beautiful, I need them all. And this is important when you are a maker who loves to explore new…

Hand knitted pillow cases [wip]

knitting pillow cases out of super chunky yarn

  These past few weeks I can’t stop thinking about big, super chunky knits! I know it’s summer and I should be thinking about breezy dresses, but that’s just how things are, I guess. I’ve been looking for the right chunky knit for making pillow cases, so nothing too scratchy, nothing too fine. Something that feels good if you put your face on it, but is still a bit stiff, like a proper sofa cushion. I imagined a grey chunky, soft fibre to do all of the above and that apparently doesn’t exist. At least not this time of year.…

Mint knitted t-shirt

mint knit t-shirt

I’ve recently finished this knitted t-shirt inspired by the lovely Juliet Tee by We are Knitters and the many versions I’ve seen around. It’s a bit different because the yarn is thinner than the original yarn from WAK; it’s a mercerized cotton with a bit of a shine to it and it’s also knitted more loosely than the original top. What I like about it: First of all, I am happy I made up the pattern myself. I wanted to simplify as much as possible, so I made this a longer rectangle, with a slit in it for the neckline.…

A case for textile napkins + a tutorial

To My Friend

When we moved the new house, one of the things I wanted to do was to replace the paper napkins we were using everyday with nice, hand-painted, mitered corners ones. I like the idea of just washing these and so reusing an item for a longer period of time. We still use paper napkins at home, but try to do it as little as possible. There’s something quite elegant about using nicely pressed fabric napkins, and they look so good on the table. The problem is, if you’re going to make white ones like I did, you are going to have…

My top five moments for the month of May

best of may in sewing and making

It seems that just a few weeks ago it was snowing outside and everything was sugar-glazed and yet my burned nose still remebers the knitting session by the lake a few weeks ago. I love how seasons change but I am mesmerized of how fast time flies. And it seems to just go faster as I grow older wiser. In an attempt of recording some of the little day to day, seasonal pleasures that make life so beautiful I’ll introduce a best of post at the end of every month. It would be so cool if you would joing me…

Why knitting could be the secret ingredient to a better life

orange yarn ball on bedsheet

I really liked Christina Baker Kline’s piece in the New York Times about why she didn’t use to knit, or garden, or do anything that would keep her from her focus of writing and being a writer. There’s a touching paragraph about her beloved mother, who “moved from one passion to the next like a tornado moving across a flat landscape, sweeping up everything in its path and flinging it aside — astrology, feminist activism, organic gardening.” “Knitting was no different. For a few years, skeins of yarn piled up in baskets around the house. There weren’t enough humans in…