Muted May Colors

And here we are in May, my favorite month, my birthday month. It’s when you can really get a taste for what the summer will hold.

I just can’t get enough of these two together!! So this will be a double feature…

The dress is McCalls 7115. It’s a cute summer dress or shorts romper.


I wanted to try this out before cutting into a more expensive fabric and I had just recently purchased this lightweight green cotton at the bargain store so it seemed a good fit. I love the army green color on this design.

It’s very loose and comfortable, however I may sew 2 size smaller next time since it seems a little too loose.



This was such a straightforward sew and I will make more of these for the hot summer!



Next up is a fabulous wool coat!

But why a wool coat when the days are warming to a toasty 80*?? Because I can… and also because of camping…


So the story here is I am part of a facebook sewing group and everyone is raving about their vintage wool blanket finds from thrift stores. I thought I want a a vintage wool blanket!! So I promptly went out to find one — this really heavy pink one.


When I got home I realized no child would want to wear THIS thick of a wool cape, coat, skirt, anything. I decided I could try an adult coat and see how it goes. Luckily I did because I LOVE this thing!!

I grabbed a denim pattern (butterick 257) from the mid 90’s and gave this sucker a try. It is heavy and stiff and half way through making it I realized there has never been a better camping jacket. The sleeves even stop at the 3/4 length so as to keep my new coat out of the dirt and grim.


The lines of the pattern really help this wool look intentional and professional.


Naturally I had to line this thing. I had no idea that the wool would still itch through the beige fabric!! Still looks great and the itch factor is tolerable.20170522_085525

This pattern did not include a lining so I quickly looked up the basics on this tutorial. Basically adjust the armhole a little and include a gusset on the back.

I did both those things and it must have worked because I do not notice any hindrances.

I hand sewed a lot on this project, all the lining was hand sewn in two rounds plus many other details to ensure all the seams were tucked away.20170522_085803

I took a few days to decide on these over sized snap closures.20170522_09021020170522_09332120170522_09003920170522_09342120170522_09342020170522_09343220170522_09340620170522_093346

I seriously love this look. I pretty much never look this cool, but hey, it’s my birthday month so I deserve it!


Thanks for taking a look.



Most photos by Anna Caitlin Photography who is the best!





Summer Top

I was excited to try a pattern from a Japanese  sewing book I gifted myself over Christmas, from Yoshiko Tsukiori, Stylish Dress Book.

It seemed like a bargain to get over 20 patterns for $12, but now I see that there is quite a bit of work in tracing and cutting a template. However we are always trying to learn new things aren’t we! I like to think of this simple top as a great candidate for the 4th of July!



I appreciate the darts in this loose style, without them it would be too baggy.

My ruffles leave room for improvement…



This top was a quick make and so it shall be a quick blog post too!

Thanks for taking a look-see.



Two From Seamwork

Hello everyone,

I have a complete outfit to show you today! These are both from Seamwork magazine that I just subscribed to. It’s a fun way for me to try lots of simple patterns that are quick to sew up.

The first one is the Akita from Collette patterns.


I think I like it. Simple, easy to construct, fits well.

The odd thing about this pattern is there is only one pattern piece!! That means you can’t use it for one-direction fabrics. Also the instructions have a very odd idea about using bias tape along all seams. I tried it on the first one, but will be using my own ideas next time.


I will need to go up another size on the next one, to a 10.


The next pattern is Moji from the same Seamwork/Collette pattern company.


This is my second pair. The first was a disaster that cannot really be worn. I looked up how to do a Full Butt Adjustment and it helped tremendously. I do believe I need another small FBA because they run a little tight still. I am not sure if I will do another pair.


This picture shows my point although in all fairness there is 0% give in this grey material. Luckily I had purchased enough discount/trial fabric for 2 separate pants. I’m just not sure I am a fan of these on me. Also the tie waist does not seem to secure on my waist very well.



I will give the Akita Blouse another go. It’s comfortable and casual and a quick sew.

The Moji Pants I will have to pass on in the future. Not the pattern for my shape.


Thank you for stopping by and having a look.


Esme In Flannel


The Esme Top in flannel.

Wait… the Esme top in flannel??

Of course! I am in love with this pattern in flannel. It keeps me warm during the rain storms and it looks Oh So Good in the soft fabric and classic colors. I will be making many more of these tops soon. The sleeve length is great for this time of year and I just all around love this pattern more now that I’ve found the right material for it.


I will need to go down one more size, to a 6 and I think the fit will be perfect.

Thanks for stopping by!


I can’t help myself, here’s one of my spaghetti faced giant…