Category Archives: Sewing & Crafting

Houndstooth Peter Pan Collar Verity

IMG_9672Today, I bring you a dress that has been staple of my winter wardrobe. Well, when I say it has been a staple, I mean it’s the only dress I’ve been willing to wear when I actually think about wearing a dress (which, if I’m being honest, has been maybe three times in the last month). It has been downright frigid for what feels like a year, and all I want to do is wear jeans, a sweater and a huge coat.

I’m sure I say this every year, but I am so ready for spring. I will have a personal party when I have the opportunity to shed those cumbersome winter layers and don a dress without suffering from hypothermia. I’ll finally feel more like myself again, because I am decidedly a dress kind of gal. I think I’ll have an understanding of what a butterfly must feel like when it emerges from a cocoon.

Anyway, moving on!

This is another make that has been finished for many months. It’s finally getting the moment of fame it deserves.

I used the Verity pattern, with some changes. First, the skirt has less flare. Since I only had a small section of the houndstooth fabric, I redrafted the skirt to fit the amount of fabric that I had. Continue reading

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White Lace Shirt & Orange Corduroy Skirt

IMG_9717Many months after the first teaser, I finally have some pictures and a post to share with you about my white lace shirt.

I often wear this shirt with my orange corduroy skirt that I finished around the same time, so I decided to make this post a doubleheader. Continue reading

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Belated Happy New Year

IMG_9651A belated Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you had a lovely end of the year and that the new year finds you well.

What a busy and unusual couple of months this has been. I should have mentioned in my last post that I’d be on a bit of a hiatus, since I knew I’d probably be missing ’round these parts for a while. I’m aware that some of you probably couldn’t care less, but here’s a rundown of what we’ve been up to anyway. ;)

Up until the beginning of December, my husband and I were working on our house in preparation for moving. I didn’t mention any details about the move in my last post because I didn’t know how soon we’d be moving.

Anyway, we’re now in the process of moving to Tennessee to be closer to my husband’s family. My sisters-in law and their husbands live in the Nashville area, and my husband’s parents are moving to the area in a few years. I’m very excited about this move, especially because this will be our last move for the foreseeable future. Continue reading

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Plaid Shirt, Plaid Dress & a Pity Party

IMG_9188I know that I’ve been somewhat MIA for the past month or so. I’ve been fighting with chronic sinusitis for several months (since mid-July)…About a week and a half ago I started having energy again, and we’ve been making a lot of progress on our house renovation. My momma and my youngest sister are coming for a visit in about a week and a half (YAY!)…

Since my brain was a bit foggy for about a month and I’ve been working almost exclusively on house stuff the past couple of weeks, I haven’t made the progress I was hoping on pattern related tasks. I did however, make some progress with some F/W sewing a few weeks ago. That’s what today’s post is really about.

This top and dress were both made using an altered version of the same pattern as the dress in my last post. This version of the pattern has an extended placket. It’s more fitted at the waist and omits the elastic.
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Grey Tie-Neck Button-Up Dress

IMG_9291I really NEED more fall clothing, so I’ve been pushing myself to get some clothing done since the weather is a changin’. I’ve really been lacking in the button-up shirt and dress department, and I want so more clothes that are “fall appropriate” in color, etc. Anyway, I decided last week that it was about time that I drafted myself a button-up pattern with several different variations that I could use to make myself pieces for my fall wardrobe.

This dress was actually the first thing that I drafted. My sister actually asked me to make a very similar dress for her, so I figured I may as well draft it in my size first and test everything out. ;) The dress I’m making for her will have pockets on the bodice and a regular collar. I first planned for this dress to have a regular collar, but I decided pretty last minute to extend the collar into ties. Continue reading

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Dotty Flared Wrap Skirt

IMG_8667Boy do I have some outfit posts to catch up on. We’ll start with this fun knit wrap skirt.

Yep, I made a wrap skirt…with huge dots on it…and I LOVE it! I’m sure some of you will think both me and the skirt are dotty, and you’d be right! I’m a crazier person than some people believe. I just do a good job of hiding it most of the time.

Now that I’m looking at these pictures it almost looks like something Mrs. Frizzle would wear. Haha! Frankly, that realization changes nothing; if anything, it adds more appeal to the skirt. ;) Side Question: What type of Magic School Bus adventure/occasion would Mrs. Frizzle wear giant polka dots for?

Anyway, some days I like to wear things that are a bit out of my comfort zone, and this certainly fits that description.

I used a knit fabric that I found at a thrift store for less than $1 a while back. There was some serious yardage of this stuff. I’ve barely made a dent in it, and I made a flared wrap skirt. Continue reading

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Assemble PDF Patterns with Contact Paper

IMG_9087Today I’d like to share a trick for making PDF pattern assembly easier. Two words: contact paper. Instead of laying out pages and taping them together, worrying that you’ve made the pieces crooked, try lining up and sticking your pieces to contact paper.

I’m sure there are some of you out there who already use this method, but I thought I’d share it anyway.

Something I really like about this method is that you can peel and re-stick if you make a mistake. An added bonus to the use of contact paper is that your patterns are more durable. I would advise using pattern weights when cutting fabric out, as putting pins through the contact paper will cause them to be sticky.

Here are some ways that you can go about assembling a PDF pattern with contact paper. Continue reading

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Verity Knit Dress and Shirt Pattern Now Available

IMG_8940(2)The day is finally here! It’s time to introduce the Verity dress and shirt pattern to the world. I guess I was off by about a week for the estimated release, but better late than never.

Everything had to be just right. So, I had to add more details, double and triple (and quadruple ;)) check measurements and instructions, and work out a few more kinks than I originally anticipated.

The pattern and instructions come in PDF form. You will receive a tiled version (Letter &A4 format) and copy shop version of the pattern (36×80 for large format printers).

The instruction document provides cutting layouts, detailed assembly instructions with photos, short and sweet versions of instructions for experienced sewers, sewing tips and suggestions, a detailed pattern measurement breakdown and metric conversions of the measurement chart. Continue reading

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My Louisa Coat in Threads Magazine

IMG_8738I’m just poppin’ in with some more fun news that I neglected to share last week. At the end of last week, I received my copy of the current issue of Threads.

I love Threads magazine, and this issue was even more exciting than usual to look through, because guess what!… Continue reading

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Verity Pattern Coming Soon

envelopefrontVerityfinalI know it’s been quiet around these parts recently, but I hope you’ll forgive me when I tell you why. I have some exciting news! Next week, I plan to offer a PDF pattern of my own design. Verity will be the first pattern from Moxie Patterns.

This is one of the super secret projects (which I referenced in my beginning of the year goals post) I’ve been working on this year. This summer I’ve shared several dress variations of my favorite self-drafted design. The reason you’ve seen so many variations of this pattern (see this post for the different variations that I’ve made over the years) is because I’ve been in the process of making Verity a combination dress-shirt pattern, with several different neckline and sleeve options. I tried to hold out until the pattern was completed to make this announcement, but I can’t keep it in anymore. I was hoping to have it ready to release on my birthday (this past Thursday), but I didn’t quite finish in time. I plan to release the PDF pattern within the next week. Continue reading

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