Curtain Panel Maxi Skirt

I’ve jumped on the maxi bandwagon. I’ve always been a fan of maxi skirts and dresses and as I’m quite tall, I think they work well on my figure. I whipped this skirt up out of an old curtain panel that a friend gave me (not the first time I’ve made a skirt out of old curtains). I wasn’t sure I was even going to wear it because I didn’t like the color at first. But I’ve already worn it a couple of times and I’m really enjoying it. The skirt is super simple construction. The skirt front and back are two rectangles gathered into the waistband. I drafted my own waistband on a slight curve and flat-lined the waistband with an off-white cotton. It has a knee-length lining of tee-shirt stretch-cotton so it’s super comfy. Here you can see how the sheer fabric looks over the lining when the …

A Bachelorette Present – Silk Kimono Style Robe

For bachelorette presents, I’m not thrilled about giving the traditional raunchy gifts. Don’t misunderstand, it’s not from any overt modesty on my part. It’s more that I want to give a truly heartfelt present to my friend, something that conveys love, excitement, and best wishes for a new part of life. In my opinion, thong underwear just doesn’t express those sentiments. So, I sew a silk kimono-style robe. I think the robes are sexy and practical (I’d be happy to be described that way), likely to be worn a lot, and last a long time. Ok, so I’ve stretched the truth a little. This robe isn’t actually silk. It’s a nice quality synthetic, thick and with a tightly woven right and wrong side.  I decided to make the robe a little fun and funky by using three different colors of the same fabric – the body is off-white, the sleeves …

More Romper

Recently, I made a romper. I’m in love with it. My first post extolling my love of the romper and sharing some construction details can be found here. I thought I would write another ode to the romper to show how I wear it in San Francisco. Because we don’t actually have nice weather here. So, I put it on over tights, toss a cardigan over it it, and pull on my leather boots. I think it works. And please don’t tell me if it doesn’t, because I’m so in love I’m going to keep wearing it anyway!

Floral Paisley Sundress

My mom gave me the fabric for this dress. It was sitting on her shelf for years. It’s some mish-mash of floral and paisley and I thought it was one of the uglier prints I had ever seen. And then it sat on my shelf for a few years. And the longer it sat there, the more I liked it. Until it grew on me enough that I made a sundress, blouse, and hair kerchief out of it! The dress is totally A-line from the bust. This makes it super comfy in warm weather, albeit rather shapeless. I added a very gathered ruffle to the bottom of the skirt to give it some weight and swing.I think it turned out part hippie, part bohemian, and part muumuu. But I’m okay with that. Sometimes I’ll toss on a simple red ribbon belt. Adding a red belt, shoes, and purse helps to ground …

Dress Re-Make: From Scallops to Greece

I sewed my dress to wear to my step-sister’s wedding last year. The result was tolerable enough that I actually wore the dress, but it just didn’t come together in real life like it did in my head. (Side note: wasn’t my step-sister a beautiful bride!!) The color makes me look washed out. The scallops are uneven if you look too close. The length (just above the knee) seemed not right. And the slight gathers in the waist and the slightly-too-snug hips conspired to make my belly look very, very poochy. So, I cut it apart at the waist. I decided that the bottom of the dress was a lost cause and put it to scrap. I took a length of sage colored fabric from my stash (I believe they were once my mom’s curtains) to remake the skirt. The bodice of the dress ended up rather Grecian in my …

Sewing a New Picture for Our Dining Room

I just sewed us a new picture for our dining room. See it here above our beautiful credenza. The canvas has had a couple of different different lives. I painted it with a gigantic flower when I lived in my pink and green apartment. When Adam and I moved in together, he didn’t want our home to be painted pink and green (go figure!). So I painted over the canvas in a blown-up version of the purple twigged fabric. It looked okay, but it was pretty amateur and the black marker I had used to outline the flower leeched through the new layers of paint. I have grand ideas for a triptych that I want to embroider to go in that space, but it’s not at the top of my “To Make” list any time soon. I’m not sure where the inspiration struck me, but I realized that I could do …

Bringing Back the Romper!

I made a romper and I’m totally in love with it. I wore it into lab last week and got in a long conversation with a labmate about how ridiculous rompers are and how I want to single-handedly bring them back in fashion. Then I stopped by the bench of another friend of mine who immediately remarked “Awesome romper! I’ve been looking at one I really want from the Gap.” So, it turns out that rompers are fashionable right now. I didn’t know. I supposed I should have guessed, given the fact that I sewed the romper from a pattern that I recently bought. I rarely sew from patterns. But, I happened to pick up a few on 99 cent pattern sale. One of them was Simplicity 2222. (And apparently Suede is a well known designer. My mom pointed him out to me at Sew Expo but I didn’t put …

Toddler Activity Book

Edit: Pattern is not currently for sale. I recently posted a Toddler Activity Book pattern for sale on Craftsy. I had so much fun making the pattern. It was inspired by an idea I saw somewhere for making an enclosed marble maze as a part of the activity book. I built on the idea from there and raided my stash of notions to come up with zipper, snaps, buttons, hook & eye, buckles, holes maze, and laces. Of course the cute flannel fabric also came from my stash. I thought the little cacti were super cute and that flannel would be a nice fabric to feel for the kiddies and easy to wash for the parents. I’m looking forward to getting it in the hands of a little one, and even more excited to see others make more books!

Bachelorette Hair Clips

My cousin is getting married this fall. I am so excited in so many ways. First, I’m thrilled that she’s getting married. Her fiance is a wonderful man and they make a wonderful couple. Second, I’m thrilled to be a part of the wedding and to be able to celebrate it with her and the rest of our family. Third, I’m stoked to go to Nashville for the first time for the bachelorette party! I thought I would make a fun little contribution to the bachelorette celebration. I’m not one for the typical bachelorette debauchment or accoutrement (i.e. not so thrilled to make phalluses a part of my party clothes). Instead, I’ve borrowed a wonderful idea from another friend’s bachelorette party. I made floral hair clips for each gal joining the celebration. And I made a special one for my cousin with some white tulle. Construction was super simple. I …

Hexagon Quilt Top

I just finished the first quilt top that I’ve ever planned, cut, and pieced on my own! I love the hexagonal edges and the geometric feeling will work well in mostly mid-century modern home. When I went to the SewExpo this year, I found a quilt pattern that I loved. My mom has always been a fan of American Jane fabrics and quilts, so we went to check out their booth. I saw their Fizzy Pop quilt on display and decided I had to make it for myself. I am still learning. Some of my points are beautiful. Some of them, not so much. I ripped and sewed and ripped and sewed many of the points several times. Eventually, I decided that the quilt was a fairly good representation of where I am in my quilting abilities. Some of it comes together beautifully. Some of it leaves room for improvement. Of …

Georgie Gets a Girlfriend

My favorite doll growing up was a sock monkey named Georgie. I’ve always had a soft spot for sock monkeys, and so when I found a pattern for knitting a girl sock monkey (Carmen Banana!) I just had to make it. I knit Carmen and two different outfits for her.