A Year-Round Staple: The OCBD

Hello again friends!  I'm so excited to share this new shirt with you!  It feels like it's been ages since I've sewn with cotton, but for all the silk tops I've made recently, a classic oxford cloth button-down is still one of the items that feels the most 'me'.  Maybe because they've been a staple in my closet for so long.  They feel a bit like old friends.  I wear them ...

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Come for the fabric, stay for the pugs….

Hey Everybody!! I'm back with a Fancy Tiger Crafts Fen Dress. Now before we get too far into this post, I realize that I haven't really styled this dress with Fall appropriate shoes and accessories. My only excuse is that I am still out at the lake (I live part time in Calgary and part time at White Lake), and I was naive to how chilly it would be when ...

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Novelty Cotton Madness

I absolutely adore cotton fabric.  The more whimsical it is the more I love it.  It takes me back to my childhood...sigh.  I digress :-)  now that I'm an old lady - I like cotton because it feels good.  Need I say more?  So when Simplicity's Project Runway line featured several tunic looks with variable lengths I jumped in feet first.  I've already made 5....Yes 5 of these tops.  I'll ...

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A 1950’s Yellow Shirtwaist Dress (Simplicity 1459)

Hello there, readers! I'm super excited to share this dress with you.  It's one that I've dreamed about for a while and I'm so happy to see it come to fruition.  It's even more delightful than I expected with little vintage details that turn what could have been a plain dress into an interesting frock. This dress was inspired by one of my favorite films -- Brooklyn.  The film takes place in the ...

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A Skirt & Tee for Back to School

Adventures in apparel fabric, part deux! I wrote about the adorable Cuddle fur vest last time; let’s talk about the rest of the girl’s outfit - this darling skirt and top. The skirt is our Potato Chip Skirt pattern, made in the lined view. It has a flat front, elastic back, and POCKETS! I used this gorgeous Robert Kaufman chambray, lined with the same poly satin designer lining with crowns that ...

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“Orange You Glad?” Skirt

For my first Cali Fabrics project, I chose a gorgeous orange embroidered eyelet. I immediately gravitated toward this fabric because of its gorgeous color, but once I received it, I became even more enamored with its overall design. I like that the eyelet openings are relatively small, meaning that I didn’t have to worry as much about underlining. Plus, the embroidery ensures that the design is visually interesting! Since the fabric ...

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A 1950’s Red Chambray Pleated Dress (Vogue 8973)

Hello, readers! I'm happy to share this 1950 Vintage Vogue pleated dress with you!  I chose this gorgeous red dotted lightweight chambray for this project, which worked well with the numerous tucks and pleats that make up this dress.  I love this style, which is a little bit late 1940's and a little bit New Look -- all of which somehow seems contemporary while staying true the year of it's design. The ...

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