Purple Plaid Archer Button Up Shirt


The fall(ish) weather means I can finally wear this shirt comfortably again. I say fall weather, but I use that term so loosely….It’s seriously still been fluctuating into the high 80s here! My Morning Glories literally just started blooming yesterday morning. Last year they were blooming at the beginning of September. :o)

Anyway, I made this shirt last fall, using some thrifted material that I found several years ago. The pattern is Grainline’s Archer.


This shirt was a labor of love.

When I first sewed it up, I basically had to take the shirt apart and re-cut every piece, particularly in the armhole and shoulder area. I also had to take the side seams in a lot because the shirt ended up way too loose for my figure. I can handle a bit of a relaxed fit nowadays, but I looked like I was wearing a shirt meant for my husband (who is 6′ and wears a men’s L-XL) when i first finished this one.

I chose my size between my high and full bust measurement (size 4), knowing I would want it to be slightly more fitted at the top. Then, I went down to a 2 at the waist, and faded out into a size 12 at the hips (since my hips measure around 43″ and the finished garment hip measurement for size 12 is listed at 44″. I also shortened the shirt  and sleeves by 1″.

I figured I probably should have done an FBA before cutting into the fabric, but this was a muslin and I was feeling lazy. Surprisingly, it was still super loose and way too big in the armhole and shoulders (yes, that shoulder seam was sitting even further down my arm (>_<). I probably should size down significantly (my high bust measurement is in line with the 0) and do an FBA if I ever use this pattern again. I like the look of a slightly relaxed fit on the bottom of a shirt, but I can only do it if the top portion is fairly fitted.


I didn’t like how the shirt looked on me with two pockets, so I made it with only one. I think next time I’ll make it with two smaller pockets.

If I make the shirt again, narrow back and swayback adjustments are certainly in order. Since this was more of a wearable muslin, I wasn’t too concerned about those adjustments when I made this shirt.


I do think that I will make it again at some point in the future, since I’ve already done the work to know what adjustments need to be made to achieve a good fit.


I took all the pictures from my recent blog posts on the same day back in July, so it was a bit of a marathon afternoon with the tripod. My husband was making faces at me near the end, and it became more and more difficult not to laugh and end up with super bizarre poses. ;P


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Two Plaid Shirts From Thrifted Dress

I’m back again with some another “catch-up” post from my hiatus. Here are two shirts that I made from a thrifted dress two Autumns ago.



I cannot find the “before” picture of the dress that I used to make these two tops. It had a massive collar and a tie under the collar. I guess it was meant for those times when you can’t decide which neckline you like best.

It was like this dress with the sailor collar and tie, but the drop-waist pleated skirt was floor-length. There were also buttons down the back of the bodice.

drop waist button back collared

Anyway, I made a Deer and Doe Bruyere shirt solely from the skirt portion of the dress.


I cut about a size smaller than my first Bruyere shirt. I also shortened the bodice pieces by about 1/2″ and the shirt bottom pieces by about 1.5″.  I cut the sleeves at elbow length and just finished them with a folded over band.


I did the best I could with the plaid matching given the limited amount of material, and honestly, I was very surprised with the results.




The other shirt was made from the bodice portion of the thrifted dresss. I took everything apart, reshaped the pieces and sewed it back together.


The collar was a strange shape and it was very unflattering, so I removed the collar and reshaped the neckline. I left the buttons on the back bodice pieces and added a new tie at the neckline. The sleeves are much shorter and more fitted than the original sleeves.



It’s pretty boxy, so it’s not my favorite top, but I have worn it tucked into a maxi skirt and with cardigans.


The skirt I’m wearing in these photos is a Hummingbird that I made several years ago.

And because no post is complete without at least one photo of me being a goof…


Au revoir!

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Verity Re-launch & Peter Pan Collar Add-on

Hey everyone! I am re-launching my Verity pattern, to include a new Peter Pan collar option, an extended size range (XL-8X), and a girls size range (1-8). I am also offering a new A0 sheet format for those outside of the US who would like to print at a copyshop. Both of the new size ranges will be released within the coming weeks, so keep a lookout.

When I first released the pattern, it was somewhat premature, and it ended up being at a somewhat inopportune time in my life, which meant that I was unable to focus time on promoting it and expanding the size range. But hey, better late than never, right? Anyway, I am excited to re-launch the pattern and I hope you enjoy it. The dress has been a staple in my wardrobe for many years now.

I will have some versions made by other sewists to share with you soon. If you have made a version of Verity over the past couple of years, I would love to see it. Please send pictures (moxiepatterns@gmail.com) or a link to your blog, so I can feature you here. Or, if you are on Instagram, tag @moxiepatterns, and use #veritypattern.


So, let’s talk about the new collar option. The Peter Pan collar is  my new favorite collar option to add to this dress, and it would look great with the shirt, as well. For a limited time, this add-on collar option will be included with every Verity purchase for free. This offer is also available to anyone who has previously purchased the pattern (just drop me a line, and I’ll send you the collar and instructions).

As I said, I will be sharing some versions of Verity made by others soon, but in the meantime, here are a couple of examples of the dress with the Peter Pan collar option.


This has been one of my go-to dresses, ever since I made it at the end of last summer.

My younger sister also made one in her size that looks adorable on her.


She made the straight XS, and despite her bust measurement being closer to the size S, this dress fits her perfectly. Normally she has to do a full-bust adjustment. I’m sure you also noticed that she is significantly taller than me, but due to the amount of stretch in this material, she did not have to lengthen the bodice.  Although, if she ever makes the dress from fabric with less stretch, she would likely need to lengthen the bodice pieces a bit.



The Peter Pan collar can be made from the same material as the rest of the dress, or you could choose to make a contrasting collar. I like to use the same material for the skirt and the collar.


I made the version above for myself about two and a half years ago. For this version I made the collar edges meet. If you would like your collar edges to come closer to meeting at center front, as in this version, the pattern piece would just need to be extended about 1/2″ at the center back fold location.

I also made the dress below recently, using the same material for the skirt and the collar.


And this version for a plus sample size.



The Peter Pan collar and instruction sheet are available together as an extension pack. Again, this will be a free gift with purchase of Verity for a limited time. After that, it will be available as a $2 add-on. You will receive separate PDFs for the print-at-home collar piece and the collar instruction booklet. The collar instruction booklet includes step-by-step photographs, just like the Verity pattern instructions.

You can use this button to purchase the XXS-L pattern with the Peter Pan collar extension pack.

The pattern is also available for immediate download on Craftsy and Etsy. For more details about the pattern, please see this page.

Happy sewing!

Sizes XL-8X and girls sizes 1-8 will be released within the coming weeks. Here are the size charts for those size ranges.

XL 1X 2X 3X 4X 5X 6X 7X 8X
Body Measurements (Inches)
Bust 40 41 43 45½ 48 50 52½ 55 57½
Waist 31 33½ 36 38½ 41 43 45½ 48 49
Hip 43 45 47 49 51 53 55 57 59
Fabric Requirements (Yards)
View A
45”* 3⅝ 4 4⅛ 4⅝
60”* 3⅛ 3⅛ 3⅛ 3⅝ 3⅝
View B
45”* 3 3⅛ 3⅛ 3⅝ 3⅝
60” 2⅞ 2⅞ 2⅞ 3 3
View C
45”* 3 3⅛ 3⅛
60” 2 2⅛ 2⅝
Belt & Buttons (Optional)
60”** 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Finished Garment (Inches)
Bust 39¾ 40¾ 42¾ 45¼ 47¾ 49¾ 52¼ 54¾ 57¼
Waist 30 32½ 35 37½ 40 42 44½ 47 48
Hip (B & C) 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58
Length(B & C) 29½ 30 30⅝ 31¼ 31⅝ 32½ 32⅞ 33½ 33⅞
Length (A) 40⅝ 41¼ 41¾ 42⅜ 42¾ 43⅜ 44 44½ 45

*Will only work if the fabric has 4-way stretch & no nap or directional print

**Can use less material if the belt is pieced, and not cut on the fold.

Note: This pattern is designed for stretch knit fabrics and is drafted with negative ease for a more fitted look. The hip measurement only matters for the shirt, and even then, a variation of a few inches larger will not matter, unless a looser, slouchy fit is preferred.

Girls Size 1-8 Measurement Chart

Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Bust 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.5 28
Waist 19 1/2 20 20 1/2 21 21 1/2 22 22 1/2 23
Hips 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 29
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Stripe and Floral Print Mix Dress


Last fall, I was especially fond of mixing prints together for outfits. So, I dreamed up this dress one day while looking through my fabric stash.


Now that fall weather is finally making an appearance,  I am excited to wear this dress more again. The colors are very fall appropriate and it’s easy to put together layered outfits with this color mix.


I made this dress using the Jennifer Lauren Vintage Bronte pattern. I just shortened the shirt into a bodice and added the skirt from my Verity pattern.


Both knits are thrifted materials.


Honestly, not too much else to say about this dress. It was a pretty quick and simple dress to sew up, but I still wanted to share her.

I was apparently feeling particularly goofy while taking these photos a few months back. So, here are some derpy poses and faces for the road. 😉



See ya’ later. I hope Monday treats you well!

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Wheat Bushel Shirtdress & Superimposed Portraits


Moving right along through the unblogged garments…I’ve got another dress to share that I made last year. I made it around my birthday last August, so it fits a bit loose on me now, but not enough to bother me. I always wear belts anyway.


This dress is one of my favorite dresses, especially since it can easily go from season to season. I wore it with tights, cardigans and boots in the fall and winter.


The material was a thrift store find. It’s a rayon blend of some kind. The wheat block print is reminiscent of a fabric from the ’40s.



I lengthened the Deer & Doe Bruyere pattern to dress length and kept the same shirt hemline. I also made the dress sleeveless and finished the armhole edges with bias binding.



The picture above had me laughing pretty hard. When I was editing it, my face reminded me of the faces in those floating superimposed head ’80s style portraits that everyone loves to (justifiably) deride.


That sent me down an awesome rabbit trail in my family’s group message (Yes, my family is awesome and we have an ongoing Google Hangouts thread between me, my four sisters and my parents. :)) about old family photos. I asked my mom if she had any superimposed, floating head portraits of me as a baby, and she found a real gem.


The face I’m making in the recent picture looks more like mom’s face in the picture below. Side note: doesn’t my mom look so beautiful?! Love you, momma! :*


This post took a bit of a turn from sewing, but does anyone else have any awesome floating head photos of themselves or family members?

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Reinvigorated Kitchen Chalkboard Decor


So, by now you have figured out that shades of turquoise and aqua are like a drug to me.


Yes, I definitely have a problem. And yes, when observing my color addiction, people have been known to reference Marie’s purple obsession in Breaking Bad.

Here is a terrible photo of my wacky kitchen. As you can see, I have little blue accents everywhere. ;P Whatever… The color makes me happy, so why fight it?


Also, gotta love those wacky ’70s scallop cabinets in combination with that ugly tile, right? Ha! Just so much going on in there. It’s extremely dark in the kitchen because it’s pretty closed off from any natural lighting. One day the kitchen will be renovated, but for now I’ll just enjoy its “retro” (although, probably not in a good way, in this case) charm.

Anyway, this chalkboard shelf…decoration…thing in my kitchen was an upcycle from a thrifted item. I think I bought it for about $2.


I liked the decoration the way it was, especially the little decorative painting on the drawers. However, it had damage and marks on the wood, so staining it wasn’t really an option once I filled in the nicks and holes. I also didn’t really like the traditional green color of the chalkboard. So, I painted the chalkboard with black chalkboard paint.


I added hanging loops to the back because the original piece only had two giant holes at the top, which I filled before painting.

Seeing this chalkboard sign as I walk out of the kitchen throughout the day really does brighten my mood.


I should mention that my entire house is not shades of aqua and turquoise. It’s pretty concentrated in the living room and the kitchen. So, I’m just mostly crazy, not all crazy. The guest room and bathroom, for example, are grey and purple.




Since it’s in the main household thoroughfare, it’s the perfect place to write inspirational quotes, bible verses, reminders, or even little love notes to my husband. <3 (Go ahead and gag, if you want ;))


That little travel alarm clock from the ’60s was a flea market find.





Well, I’m off to write a new love note on the chalkboard sign. Let the gagging ensue! ;P

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Pleaty Pleaty Please Dress x2

Today I have two dresses to share with you that I made from a self-drafted pattern last fall.

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The grey dress with flowers was the test garment, and the teal dress is the garment I made after I tweaked the pattern some more. The teal dress was meant to be worn to a wedding that we sadly did not end up attending.


I was originally considering buying a dress, but I had the look of this bodice floating around in my head for a while, and I couldn’t get it out. I didn’t have a prayer to find something similar, especially when I factored in the particular color I wanted (it had to be a teal or dark emerald green color).


I’m not sure why I still believe that I’ll ever be able to find ready-to-wear items that I like. I still go out and browse clothing about once a season or two, because it’s fun to see the styles of the moment. However, aside from undergarments and some active wear, I haven’t purchased more than three or four pieces of RTW clothing for myself over the course of the last several years.


I used my raglan pattern blocks from this self-drafted shirt as a starting point for this dress. From that block, I drafted a basic surplice neckline for the bodice front, and a v-neck with center seam for the bodice back.


I added the pleats to the front neckline by using the old slash and spread technique. The front bodice pieces have a self facing, and the rest of the neckline is finished with bias binding.


Surplice and wrap necklines usually tend to gape or have a cut that is too low on me, but check it out, no gape and a modest neckline cut. *Party time!*



The test garment is semi-wearable.


The bodice was a bit too short and the waist was a bit too big. I also cut the skirt a smidge shorter to squeeze the dress out of a small amount of fabric. I added elastic to the waist, which is a look that I don’t much care for, but it looks fine with a belt. Unfortunately, the short length of the bodice could not be remedied.




Anyway, test garments are important when creating new patterns, and it’s always a bonus when you can still have a wearable garment.


Have you ever had an idea of what you were looking for in a garment but had trouble finding anything suitable? That is one of the many benefits of designing and sewing your own clothes (or knowing a seamstress who can make your vision become reality ;P).

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Vintage Floral Sleeveless Bruyère Shirt


This is one of my favorite pieces of clothing from the last couple years.  I know that may not be evident from my face in some of these photos, but I really do like this garment. I just took way too many photos of different garments in one day, and I was 100% over it.


I used the Deer & Doe Bruyère pattern. I omitted the sleeves, changed the armholes slightly and added bias binding.


I can’t remember what sizes I cut, but (as with all patterns) I cut three different sizes for the bust, waist and hips. I do remember taking the side seams in when I made it, because there was a bit too much ease in some areas for my taste, but that is pretty typical.


The shirt was actually a bit too tight when I made it (I was around 20 lbs heavier), but now it is a bit loose.  It still looks fine with a belt though.


I really need to make full bust adjustments to every pattern I use, but when I made this, I was too lazy. Nothing a safety pin along the button band couldn’t solve.  :O I know, shame on me. But it has a looser fit now anyway, so I guess it worked out.


When the pattern first came out, I was unsure about the shape. To be honest, it draws a lot of attention to my hips. However, I liked the design too much to pass it up. Besides, the older I get, the more accepting and appreciative of my body I am, so I’m not really self-conscious about it.


I have worn this shirt a lot since making it almost two years ago. So, this fabric gets an A+ for wearability and washability. It looks about the same as the first time I wore it.


The fabric is a vintage floral cotton that I was saving in my stash for years. I saved it for four and a half years, to be exact. I found the fabric on this thrift haul. I still can’t believe I finally allowed myself to use it. Looking back at that thrift haul makes me really miss the thrift stores in Maryland.  That’s probably the one and only thing I miss about living there. 😛


The best thing about this shirt is that I can wear it during every season, because it works really well with a cardigan. How can you not love a garment you can where year round?

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Turquoise Blue Coffee Table & Lace Accent Lamp

Today, I want to share one of my favorite pieces of furniture that brightens up our living room.


Normally, I’m not a huge fan of painted furniture. But, I really wanted at least one piece of colored furniture. The original piece was black with hints of red peeking through, which just wasn’t my style. Plus, since all of our pieces of furniture have been hand-me-downs, I’m always trying to figure out ways to really make them mine.


Here is the coffee table two November’s ago. It is difficult to see in this picture, but the black had little hints of red peeking through. It just wasn’t my style.

So, I decided to paint this coffee table blue. About halfway through, I found myself wishing that I hadn’t made that decision, because it was a very time-consuming process.


The first step before painting was sanding off all the old paint. This coffee table had two layers of paint on it, a black layer and a layer of red beneath it. If it had been possible to get every last bit of paint off, then I probably would have contemplated staining instead of painting. Unfortunately, that was definitely not a possibility. I even had difficulty making progress with an electric sander.


My beautiful baby sister helped me get through that beast of a sanding project. There is probably even some of her blood staining the wood under the new paint.


She stayed with us for a little less than a year (from August 2014 to June 2015), which was an absolute blast. Sisters are the best!


It was a fun project to work on together, and I was very grateful for her help. I’m not sure I would have persevered through the project without her. It might still be sitting in the garage unfinished. ;P


I had to fill in it A LOT of holes and divots, most of them had to be filled and sanded about three times. This table has already had a pretty long life, and there was ample evidence. We were able to get most of the paint off, except in a few spots in the cubbies, but I stopped taking pictures, because let’s face it, how many pictures of a half-sanded table are really necessary?


The painting was the most enjoyable part, but unfortunately, I didn’t manage to snag any pictures. Probably because I had paint all over my hands. Yep, I am one of those people who can’t paint anything without getting paint all over myself at the same time.


Anyway, the result is a nice bright accent in the living room. It will look much nicer against the contrast of a wood floor one day.






These photos show my paper flowers that I made at the beginning of this year so that I would stop buying fresh flowers so often. ;O



I was having a lot of fun experimenting with making little fresh flower arrangements for a while last year.


Sometimes I used flowers from the store.


Other times, I used a combination of flowers and foliage from my garden.


This is one of my favorite summer arrangements made from items from our front planter bed: lamb’s ear, Echinacea (coneflower), and monkey grass flowers.

I still get fresh flowers from time to time, but having the paper flowers has helped me not pick up fresh flowers every other time I go to the store. Anyway, side trail over.

I also wanted to point out our little accent lamp.


I got a little paint happy last year, so I painted the lamp, as well.


The base of the lamp was originally white and it had a standard old pleated cone-shaped lampshade. I found a lampshade with a more modern shape at the thrift store, and I toyed with a few ideas before I decided to cover the shade with lace.



The lampshade blends in with the color of the wall in that room right now, but one day that will change.



I have a snake plant on that side of the coach and a Christmas cactus on the other side. They are in matching pots, because the look of these pots is exactly what I wanted. The peachy & coppery shades, correspond with some other decor and some bricks in the fireplace.


I’ll give you some other glimpses of repurposed and DIY decor soon, as well as a peak at the progress in the Maryland house.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. What projects have you been up to lately?


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Pleated Raglan Sleeve Top & Thrifted Plaid Blazer

This post sat as a draft for over two years. So, let me just dust the cobwebs away here…Ahem.

I took these photos in our house here in TN, just before we moved in. So there may be some literal cobwebs in them. 😂


The room in which I’m standing in the photo above is what became my sewing space. It’s a large upstairs space and it gets a lot of natural sunlight. So, of course, I laid claim to it.


So, let’s talk about the shirt. This was made from a self-drafted pattern. As a reference point, I used a ready-to-wear shirt that had been a favorite, well-loved shirt for years.



I knew I wanted a shirt with a pleated raglan sleeve, so I drafted a raglan top from my basic shirt pattern and played around with the sleeve until I arrived at the look I was going for.


The two pleats intersect, with one crossing over the other, to create a flattering sleeve structure.


Most normal raglan sleeves look strange on me, but this has become one of my favorite patterns. This top was just the first iteration of this design, and I have made a few small changes to the fit.  I even used it as the basis for a dress that I will share soon.


There’s a keyhole in the back of the shirt, because, why not?


When I first made the top two years ago, I liked to pair it with a blazer and jeans because it was winter.

IMG_9852I found the vintage blazer at a thrift store a couple of months before these photos were taken. It gives off a very 70’s vibe, which I don’t mind (in moderation). It was just a smidge to small for me in the bust region, but I wouldn’t button it very often anyway.

These photos are really making me want to go get bangs again. I feel like they make me look younger…Of course, I am two years younger in these photos , so I guess that’s a factor. 😛

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