Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Popover Sundress

This is made from an awesome vintage pillowcase I bought on etsy, from FineVintageLinens' shop. I bought it back in February, wanting to make it into a dress, but I hadn't found the right pattern for it, until now. Yet another oliver + s pattern, this one is called the popover sundress, and it's not available on their website. It was included in Issue 6 of Sew Hip, an absolutely gorgeous UK sewing magazine. So once I had the pattern, I just needed the accent fabric for the yoke and straps, and some coordinating rick-rack, and I was in business. [I have to say, this was probably the easiest fabric find I've ever had. I had an idea of what I wanted when I walked in the store, I saw this one, I liked the print, and the color was a spot-on match! Probably only took me sixty seconds! Which is unheard of for me, my kids flat-out refuse to go with me to the fabric store because I hem and haw (see what I did there?) and generally take forever.]

I can't get enough of the Irish crochet details on this, plus a dress is that much easier when the hem is done for you!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bubble Dress

Finally, pictures of the dress I've been making. It's the bubble dress pattern from oliver + s. They give it a two out of four scissor difficulty rating, which I agree with. There are some challenging aspects to it, but I think any fair sew-er with experience following a pattern could do it. The fabric is a Japanese double gauze by Nani Iro, the Fuccra print in pale pink. I got it at Superbuzzy, and I think they're out of that color, but last I checked they still had it in blue.

and the back:

P.S. Gah, please excuse the wrinkles; I'm not much of an ironer.

Saturday, May 16, 2009


Good news: the new dress is finished, and looks fabulous, if I do say so myself. Bad news: I can't prove it, because I didn't get any pictures of it yet! Definitely, definitely tomorrow. But in the meantime, a couple of other things I've made fairly recently.

This is from a super easy pattern (a Butterick, I think) that I will dig out and find the number of if anyone is interested. It's a swing top with piping, and matching bloomers.

This next one is an oliver + s pattern, the tea party sundress. Pretty easy to put together, but the details look impressive. There are also bloomers that match the bodice fabric.

Thursday, May 14, 2009


I have zero discipline or willpower...I started a new dress with my pretty, pretty new fabric! 'Started' is misleading; I'm nearly finished, actually. I would probably still be sewing right now, trying to finish it, but my back was crying for mercy. I hope to finish it tomorrow, but I'm going out of town until Friday afternoon, so I might run out of time between packing and everything else. But I will definitely finish it and get some pictures and details up before the weekend is out.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


A sampling of some of things I've made in the past.

Monday, May 11, 2009


I just got some new fabrics that I ordered, plus two new oliver + s patterns (for the Bubble dress and the Birthday Party dress), so now I cannot wait to start making pretty dresses for the baby (toddler, actually)! I'm already in the middle of an oliver + s pattern, the A Day in the Park backpack tote, which I'm also glad to be making...but dresses! Pretty dresses! Cute patterns! Gorgeous fabrics! *sigh*

We'll see if I can hold out and finish this project before I start a new one...I'm really not sure which way I'll go at this point.

Another fricking craft blog cluttering up the interwebs

Yep, you found it...the end of the internet. That must be the case, because that's the only reason I can think of for someone other than me to be reading this little site of mine.

The main reason for this blog is simple: I like to make stuff, and I wanted to be able to keep a record of it all in one place, so when things I make get given away, or sold, or outgrown, or lost, or broken, I can look back here and remember them.

I like to sew, to throw clay, to crochet, to bake, and (very) occasionally to knit, so if any of those things interests you, then have a look around, and let me know what you think.