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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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A Summery Dress & Some Spiky Thistle

IMG_7446When I saw this thistle on the side of the road, I thought it would make the perfect backdrop for a couple pictures. Unfortunately, a couple of pictures is all I got in because there was a sudden influx of passersby.

I tried to take one of those giant thistle flowers home with me, but there were spikes on everything, including the leaves. Yikes! I don’t think I’d ever been close enough to thistle to realize how “thistle-y” it is. Ha! My penchant for doting on weeds is becoming well-documented. I’m once again guilty of being a weed-lover, because I think thistle is really cool looking. If I could’ve taken one of the stalks home with me without getting bloody, I would’ve.

Anyway, let’s talk about the new dress…I have made this design several times over the past three years, or so (the ones below are some of the custom orders I did through my Etsy shop). It usually popped up in the form of a top, with a cowl or a split cowl. Continue reading

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Black & White Peter Pan Collar Dress

IMG_7159I have yet another finished project from my unfinished object pile to share with you. I’m sure you’re getting tired of hearing that, but you know it’s only because you’re jealous of my discipline. ;) Anyway, this is the dress that I referred to a few days ago in the post about my tie neck dress.

I started this dress during my trip to California at the end of last summer. While there, I went to the thrift store with my sister and found this argyle dress. I brought it home, not knowing what I’d do with it. I really thought the argyle part of the dress was ugly, but I liked the bottom half. So, I ended up cutting the skirt off and using it to make a new dress. Continue reading

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Striped Button-Up Skirt Reconstruction

IMG_6764When I found this dress at the thrift store last month, my mind was immediately flooded with ideas.

I liked a lot of things about the dress: the colors, the stripes, the buttons, the pockets, the shape of the skirt. However, I don’t usually do maxi length dresses or skirts. They tend to make me look extra short. As I was going through my wardrobe in preparation for Me-Made-May, I discovered that I really need more separates. I especially don’t have very many skirts. So, I decided to make a skirt. Continue reading

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More Unselfish Sewing

DSCN1429I have more unselfish sewing to share with you. I made a dress for my momma, using my self-drafted cowl top pattern. I’m getting pretty good at pattern grading, but it still took me a while to get the fit of the pattern right. It was well worth it though.

I took my “first draft” of the dress with me to California in February, had my mom try it on, and took notes on alterations I needed to make. I had to take most of the dress apart and resew it. I finally finished the alterations a couple of weeks ago and sent the dress to her with the dress I made for my youngest sister. Continue reading

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Reconstructed 80s Bow Print Dress

frontnbackIt’s been a while since I’ve done a complete reconstruction, but I did one recently.

When I saw the purple bow print material on the dress above, I immediately thought of my youngest sister. She loves purple. Plus, what teenage girl doesn’t love a colorful bow print?

So, I reconstructed the dress into a little summer frock. Here is the dress, pictured on my adorable baby sis’ (she’s seventeen, but she’s still the baby). Continue reading

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Floral Pintuck Yoke Knit Shirt

IMG_6467I’ve been working on getting more me-made casual tops into my wardrobe in preparation for Me-Made-May. So, I finished this fun and comfy top this weekend.

I’m happy to report that I’m really making progress on my UFO pile lately.This is another item that I cut out last year but left unfinished. I drafted the pattern around the same time as my lace yoke sweetheart and dolman tops. It was as simple as cutting a yoke out of my basic shirt pattern and slashing and separating to create the pintucks. Continue reading

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Christmas dress & a new look for winter

IMG_5856I know I said I wouldn’t have a sewing post up again until January but I couldn’t resist sharing my Christmas dress that I finished at the last minute before we left.

I’ve had the material for several years, and I think I bought it at the thrift store in Moscow, ID. It’s a light pink and white with snowflakes and reindeer. It’s perfect for winter. It’s Christmas-y but not so much so that I can’t wear it at other times in the winter. Continue reading

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To the dump and back again, and again, and again

IMG_5729I haven’t posted an update about our home renovation in a LONG time, but Alex and I have been working on the house quite a but lately. We’ve been doing lots of demolition, and we’re getting very excited about seeing our vision come to life. We have set a goal to finish a large portion of the inside of the house before the warmth of spring arrives. That way we can focus on the outside of the house in the spring…

Destroying that old, nasty, moldy kitchen was invigorating!

We found another gem of a message left for us from the teenage girl who used to live here… Continue reading

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Lace Yoke Dolman Sweatshirt Tutorial

laceyokedolmanThis tutorial is essentially a continuation of the basic dolman top tutorial. First, please see this post for instructions on making your basic dolman sleeve top pattern.

Adding the yoke is easy peasy. Continue reading

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