Sorry it’s been so quiet over here- I’ve been busy getting Sablecraft (the tiny biz) ready for our fall craft shows along with a few collaborations with fabric stores and pattern companies. I’m glad I can finally share this hacked V9253 I made for my yearly renaissance festival weekend.
Don’t freak out, this isn’t a bra blog now. A Braog if you will. Alas, this is the last of my chest meat (and upper tummy chunk) you’ll be seeing for a little bit. Or not! Who cares. Once you post one pic of yourself in a bra online, does it even really matter? I’m mostly just embarrassed that so many people now can see my stretched out first tattoo on my ribs. Don’t regret it, just not necessarily my best work.
A few weeks ago I threw a shit fit and threw away my last functional bra. It was poking me in the boob and I was very mad at it. I asked some opinions on my instagram stories on where was the best place to buy real adult bras for a big ol’ chest and I got a ton of great recs but more than a few people suggested Thirdlove.
Today on the blog we have my first Wiksten Shift dress! Call me a follower but dang I fell hard for the hype around this pattern. I’m still… not 100% sold on the silhouette of this dress in particular but dang if it aint comfy as shit.
I feel like when you become a sewist, you are like: Dope, I’m gonna make a ton of basic woven tees out of all the dope ass fabric in the world. And then you realize that woven tees are kind of a bitch ass to make. It’s hard to find a pattern you like (at least to accommodate a big ol’ chest) and eventually you just kind of give up. Maybe I’m assuming here based on my own journey, but I gave up on the idea of a cool woven tee many many moons ago.
I’ve been refining my style a lot for the past few years. I still feel myself evolving from the kitschy college pinup punk clothes I used to revel in back in the day, but I struggle feeling put together on the day to day when I work in a less formal setting. Regardless of what age I am, i’m a tee shirt lover through and through. As I grow into my (late) twenties I’m finding the soft spot between GRAPHIC TEE and the effortless look of a tee shirt tucked into well fitting pants or a skirt.
Welcome to summer in Rochester! Sam and I are so ready to wander around the market on sundays and look at… more plants we don’t need.
On to the dress. I made this dress a little more than a month ago and haven’t had time to shoot it until this weekend. it was a great sew, relatively easy pattern construction and straight forward directions.
Ya’ll I can’t wait to tell you all about this dress. When Gabriela of Chalk and Notch reached out to me about testing their new re-release of their Orchid Midi Dress, I was so game. I’ve never sewn a Chalk and Notch pattern but I had been eyeing their best selling Fridge dress from afar for a long time. The Orchid Midi is way more my style. Flutter sleeve? Faux wrap? NO ZIPPER? Sounds made for me.
My mom and I have had a wild ride these past 26 years. She’s been my best friend, my boss, and we also argue like the dickens. I think that’s just part of growing up as an only child, going away, and then coming back into the family business. Today on Mother’s Day I’d like to not look back on all of the spats in the entryway of our home that ended in “YOU CAN’T GO OUT WEARING THAT” but instead on all of the important lessons my mom has taught me.
Welcome to a very late post about my Easter Dress! I’ve been dreaming about making a seersucker fit and flair dress for ages but I didn’t have an excuse until I remembered Easter was a thing. I had also been itching for an excuse to make a Christine Haynes Emery Dress this year. Long story short, I used to be totally obsessed with this pattern when I first started sewing in 2015 and I could only be bothered to make fit and flair party dresses. I remember the pattern being amazing and my pal Hannah has been making a bunch lately so I wanted an excuse to sew one too!
If you follow me on instagram, you’ll know that in transit from my home to my studio at the Yards I unearthed about a yard and a half of 2015 Nani Iro Double Gauze I bought when I worked at Purl Soho. It’s beautiful and when I worked at Purl I just kept buying single yards of fabric. Why? No idea. But I was struggling to figure out what I could make with it when Megan Nielsen emailed me about making their Eucalypt tank I felt like it was fate. I don’t actually believe in fate but it did feel awfully convenient.
When Anita from Megan Nielsen Patterns reached out to me about making a couple of their new patterns I was all the way in. I have never actually made any Megan Nielsen patterns but I have a long list of her patterns I want to make, and I also have been loving watching her increase her size range recently. They sent over a tank (coming later next week) and a swimsuit pattern.
Hello All! I hope everyone had a happy easter, or passover, or whatever you celebrate! I uh, may have went a little hard this easter. I put my low carb lifestyle on hold to slam dunk pie and potatoes into my face all day. I feel literally terrible today, April 22nd, like I’ve been hit by a sugar bus, but it was worth it.
I’ve been putting the Colette Penny on my Make 9 lists for eons- or at least since the pattern came out. I bought this fabric from La Mercerie AGES ago. Probably a little less than a year ago. The fabric is a beautiful lawn that I think La Mercerie is particularly known to stock. I always know when shopping with La Mercerie that the fabric will be not only beautiful but high quality for making garments.
I’ve been meaning to make a gathered York Pinafore by Helen’s Closet ever since Helen released the hack on her blog ages ago. I actually was more interested in sewing the gathered waist York than the regular one, despite making the un-hacked pattern first. I have been really practical with my fabric buying in 2019 and I invested in some charcoal essex linen blend fabric from cottoneer to finally churn out the gathered waist York of my dreams.
Did you think I would miss posting on world Pi day? Of course not. I’m a pie driven woman. I know I say this every month but I think this is my favorite pie to date. I’m extremely picky about my apple pies so I was unsure about adding the caramel to this pie. There’s nothing I hate more than those sickly sweet supermarket apple pies where all you can taste is the sugar syrup and not the apples. However I got a few messages from people on instagram saying that this recipe is the best in the book so I knew I had to give it the ol’ college try.
I haven’t given up on pies yet! February is a difficult month for me when it comes to after work activities, being a florist at Valentine’s Day and all. The first half of the month is spent basically working my ass off and the second half feels like a long term recuperation period. I have gotten almost no sewing done this month, but I have done a bit of knitting at knit nights with my gals!
Welcome back! Two garments in a row? What is this? A blog with a schedule? Not quite. I just had a little time between Christmas and Valentines Day where I needed to decompress with some good old fashioned garment sewing.
If you’ve been watching me and my sewing lately you might be thinking that it’s been less than exciting lately. Maybe it is! Maybe my style is just changing.
Hello and welcome to EYES ON THE PIES.
Aka what I’m calling my quest to learn to make pies this year. I’ll be making 12 pies (minimum) this year, one a month, in order to finally cement my quest to be a person who is good at making pies.
As some of you may know, roughly 2 weeks ago there was a blog post made by a hugely popular knitter, Karen Templer, which offended many in the knitting community with its imperialistic undertones. I found the response to the post within the fiber community to be thrilling and empowering and thought to myself that I hoped if the time came to speak up in the sewing world, that we would be brave enough to do so with grace and dignity. I didn’t realize how quickly it would come.
I’ve been recording my new years resolutions on the internet for… golly I think it’s been 8 years. I started with little recaps on tumblr and it’s followed me on every blog I’ve ever had. I’m not particularly good at keeping resolutions but as a newly minted women in her late twenties I feel slightly more obliged to actually doing the things I’ll say I will.
As some of you know and I’m sure a few of you don’t, I’ve moved my making space out of the studio apartment Sam and I share and into a small but perfect studio space at the Yards in the public market! I’m lucky to have such a convenient spot a walkable distance from home for a great price and with all the amenities I need.