This might be my favorite dress I’ve ever made, it’s #butterickpatterns#b5278 and I made it to wear to my office Christmas party. I wanted something with a dramatic sleeve in a lush floral print. Fabric is from @joann_stores and I’m obsessed with it, even if it was a little shifty to work with. I found some brushed brass buttons for the cuffs at Joann too. This pattern was a breeze to fit because of the fullness of the sleeves and all the gathers. I had so much fun making this dress, it makes me feel great and isn’t that what sewing is all about!
Have you seen the gorgeous hoodies sewn by three of our editors, @happily_caffeinated, @thegreenviolet, and @idlefancy? They each used the Autumn Warmer pattern from the latest issue of Ottobre Woman and shared their thoughts in a “Same Pattern, Different Bodies” post, this week. Check out their results on our blog! #cscmakes#ottobredesign#ottobrewoman#ottobreautumnwarmer
I made a @shopwiksten short Haori! In like... a couple of days. It’s a delightfully easy pattern and looks terrific. I didn’t choose the best lining - the fabric has zero five, while my cat print outer is relatively loose woven cotton. I’m well outside the size range so it’s a neater fit bit still looks terrific. I added an extra 5cm to the CF and gathered it into the shoulder seam. Next time I’ll probably make the mid length, and add a bit more ease to the sleeve/bicep and hips. #cscmakes#plussizesewing#wikstenhaori
Lets talk insecurity, folks! So I have been working on this lovely wiksten Haori for several weeks now (it’s not a hard pattern, I’ve just been unbelievably busy) and have been so happy with it. Then, today, I saw a post where someone else made a plaid flannel version ... and hated it. They didn’t badmouth the pattern at all, but a few people in the comments sure did. I had this horrible attack of doubt - was it going to look like garbage on me? Am I silly for being a fat girl who wants to make an oversized garment? Will I just look like a slob? Which is weird because there are popular patterns out there I don’t love - why do I care if people don’t love one I like? I just have the collar left, and I am sure I will wear this to death, but it was a good reminder for me not to over-focus on Social media and just worry about what I like 🤷🏻♀️ #cscmakes#progressshot#vancouversews#sewersofinstagram#sewistsofinstagram#memadewardrobe#handmadewardrobe#wip#curvysewing
Made this awhile ago but I’m wearing it today so it’s time to document my make. Butterick #b5997 in a diagonal weave cotton (hence the moire effect). This was quite the triumph for me, since it was the first time I used a full bicep modification and the first time I’ve had a long sleeved woven top that fits my huge arms! Woo hoo for custom clothing that FITS! I had trouble with the curved hem and ended up cutting it off and adding a hem facing, so it’s about 2” shorter than I’d prefer, but I’ve since got better at curves hems. I’d like to try this one again in a floral challis someday.
Finally hemmed my dress today so it’s done! I think this will be my Christmas dress this year - I love it. Another Eva Dress (pattern by Tessuti) with a simple gathered skirt. Gorgeous cotton linen gum blossom fabric designed by @jos_proust - her Australian native flora designs are so beautiful, it was really hard to not buy the entire range! I have a few different designs stashed for future projects 😉
This is the #sarastetop from #breakingthepattern book from @namedclothing ... I made it in a cool cotton lawn ... love the fact that it is a quite swingy top and those shoulder frills are so cute! I reckon this top is more than appropriate for the hottest Australian summer days ... easy sew and I think the instructions brilliant #cscmakes
Wearing today: hot off the sewing machine, my @inthefolds Collins tip in repurposed kimono silk. I’m overall reasonably happy, especially with the fully French seamed insides. However there’s some tweaking that I’d need to do in the shoulder fit if I make it again - I think it would benefit from a narrow and possibly a forward shoulder adjustment. Before sewing I lengthened the front/side panel pieces by 5cm in lieu of an FBA, and I ended up scooping out the neckline and sewing the back raglan seam a bit deeper to accommodate my rounded upper back. I also split the side panels in half horizontally so I could fit them on my narrow fabric panels. It’s a great top for my casual workplace, and I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of it through summer. #cscmakes#inthefoldscollinstop#plussizesewing
Another make from the brilliant #breakingthepatternbook#breakingthepattern I made the #sarasteshirt @namedclothing in a plain purple rayon used the collar frill from the dress and mismatched buttons from my collection. Made to coordinate with my #blueprintsaframe @blueprintsforsewing skirt and other straight patterned skirts that I have made previously. Think these are good outfits to wear for my new teaching position. #cscmakes
Three hours = three Pembrokes, it’s that quick of a sew!
Left to right, tunic lengthened 4 inches for a short dress in bamboo cotton sweatshirt fleece, shortened to sweater length in black soy organic cotton French terry, and another sweater in a thick herringbone mystery fleece. I love this pattern, it’s helping me fill a big sweater-sized gap in my winter wear.
Sweatshirt fleece and French terry from #imaginegnatsshop , herringbone fleece from #stitchsewshop
New frock had its first outing last night! This is another version of #stylearchattie but with kimono sleeves added to the bodice and with a simple rectangle gathered skirt instead. I don't like to say I 'hacked' this pattern, I don't like that word, but it might be appropriate in the sense of 'butchered', as a lot of changes were made be This will be my #sewfrosting entry, it's fun and has a lot of skirt and I feel like a ballerina. Also I want everything in my wardrobe to be in carnival colours from here on out.
One change planned - to add a waist stay of some sort as the weight of the skirt does pull the waistline down a bit.
Fabric: linen/rayon blend from @stylemakerfabrics
Bag: from a garage sale
New shoes are from @zompshoez , such a comfortable low heel @2baiavista
Possibly favourite haircut ever by the amazing @katieclyneshairdresser
Here in the frozen north we can only dream of Webster weather! Doesn’t Jo look fab?
New dress, New hair! It's warming up here so I made a light and floaty Webster dress in a navy rayon with delightful coral/turquoise foliage pattern, with a self drafted tie for waist definition. I'll definitely be adding more of these to the wardrobe - Cashmerette for the busty girl win yet again! @cashmerette #websterdress#spotlightstores#cscmakes#curvysewingcollective#cashmerettepatterns#cashmerettewebster
A quick project to practice my sewing with knits skills. I am definitely getting better - Yay! I really didn't have much hope for this project but it turned out quite wearable I think. It's Deer & Doe free Plantain t-shirt pattern and I will add it to my permanent pattern collection. I may size down next time, though.
What a delightfully cheerful print! It looks so good!
@Regran_ed from @ailycia - Ignore the early morning workplace background and focus on the wonderful @artgalleryfabrics print on my new @hallapatterns #elisedress ! I love this pattern, and the cute 1940's button tab detail on the neckline. I did use a different skirt pattern, as gathers wouldn't work on this fabric. I was inspired by the many beautiful versions from @annakatrinsky and a sew-jo kick from @gilliancrafts #sewcialists#cscmakes#sewqueer#shortsewists - #regrann