whats doing vol 7


whats doing vol 7

Another week, another wack of inspiration from around the web.


I’m loving all of the Oonapalooza projects cropping up. The Cashmerette’s psychedelic wrap dress is no exception.

Rachel’s birthday dress brought a huge smile to my face.

My dad used to drag me to baseball games under the misapprehension that if you give a kid enough hot dogs she’ll eventually grow to love the game. That never happened. I’ll always prefer books to those things where you put the round object in the hole. I think Erin’s dress is the closest I’ll ever come to saying “I love baseball (themed outfits)”.

Fickle Sense is slowly unveiling all her wedding photos. She’s one of the most creative makers out there – her bridesmaid’s dress is no exception.

More Oanapalooza goodness – Amy at Sew Well made a trio of beautiful Polly tops in ode to the queen of pattern mixing.

I’m in love with Devra’s liberty sundress.

Roisin combined two of my favourite things in the world – wax print and the BHL Anna dress. Be still, heart.


Cindy explained a new, more precise method for doing RTW rub-offs.

If you’re a vintage pattern-phile I highly suggest subscribing to Pattern Vault. Sarah is a meticulous researcher with a deep knowledge of fashion history. I loved this post on the history of jumpsuits in sewing patterns.


Anyone as obsessed with Joanna Newsom as I am (a staggeringly talented composer/songwriter/harpist/style icon) should check out the house she just bought with her husband, Andy Samberg (originally owned by Charlie Chaplin).  It’s bananacakes. Real estate porn at its finest.



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vintage 40's patterns from CLoset Case Files


vintage 40's patterns from CLoset Case Files

Happy weekend everyone. I am currently writing this post from my newly redecorated, sun-filled studio with a cup of tea. I love this space so much. I’ll be sharing more information about it in the coming weeks, but suffice it to say, having a dedicated, functional and aesthetically pleasing workspace does so much for your sense of well being.

Other things that are good for your well being? Meet-ups with other sewists! After my very last day of work I met up with Vicki, Caroline and a few other Montreal based sewing devotees. It felt incredibly apropos to start my new life in their company. Vicki managed to talk me into going to New York in a few weeks to see Lauren (if “talking into” means inviting myself along because that is precisely what happened). I think we will be having some sort of Friday afternoon Mood/park hang if anyone wants to join us on August 15th, but I will share more info as I have it.

As for the reason for this post? At the aforementioned Montreal meet-up, one of the ladies present worked at a thrift store. When I was a teenager this was my number one most desired job because I had non-stop fantasies about all the treasures I would score if I didn’t have to dig through the picked-over merch like all the other scavengers. Sadly, my small town’s St. Vincent de Paul only operated with volunteers, which is how I ended up getting paid minimum wage to bake bannock bread in a pioneer costume at a 19th century homestead, while secretly in love with the re-enactor who played the blacksmith, but that is a WHOLE OTHER STORY.

Ahem. So as I suspected, working in a thrift store really is the best way to score the good stuff, because Renée showed up with bags and bags of vintage patterns she scores before anyone else can buy them to like, decoupage furniture with, or whatever it is people who don’t sew use patterns for (shudder). I got to the party after everyone had already made their choices, but to my delight, there were still a few beauties left, dating back to the 1940′s.

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I can’t even. They looked so good on my newly whitewashed cutting table I almost cried. I decided to hang on to two of them:

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Which means I have three to giveaway! We have a classic WWII era skirt suit, a buttoned dress with scallop details, and a little boy’s onesie and shorts pattern:

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The women’s patterns are a size 18, with a bust of 36″. If you would like to channel my favourite 40′s gal Lucky Lucille, or even just add these to your vintage collection, leave a comment below and follow me on Twitter or Facebook. I’ll randomly select a winner next week.

In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your weekend my friends!


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Friday marked the last day of my old life. In the coming week I’ll be re-arranging my apartment, building a new studio and cracking down on the next pattern. I can’t wait to get started!

One piece of business before I start our weekly roundup – I love reading your comments and I love it even more when those comments help me to discover your blogs. If you have a Disqus account and a blog, please make sure your web address is linked in your profile so I can go cyberstalk you.


The best BHL Charlotte skirt I’ve seen yet in perfectly pattern matched dog print by Hyer Handmade – love this new-to-me blog.

I always thought I hated piranhas (the bf makes me watch this fishing show called River Monsters and its gives me nightmares) but Sonja just totally made me want to cover myself in them with this rad dress.

Kirsty at Top Notch made a gorgeous Liberty print top, making this the third week in a row I’ve fallen for a peplum.

This Bombshell swimsuit hack is inspired.

Debbie at Lily Sage & Co. made a stunning white linen pinafore and included a tutorial so you can also look as crisp and fresh as a glass of cold milk.

Kelli makes me want to have babies so I can make them tiny pinstriped overalls.

Andrea almost lost her mind making this swimsuit but I adore her final result.


Design Sponge is one of my favourite non-sewing blogs. The “Biz Ladies” series is always inspiring, and I’ve been listening non-stop to their “After the Jump” podcast. Great interviews and content about making and working in the creative online world.


Devoured the novel Night Film over a long weekend in the country. It’s a smart, spooky, intricate thriller with Kubrickian overtones.

Never really thought I was much of a fantasy lady, but I’m super sucked into The Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemison. Really refreshing to read something in this genre not written by an old white dude.

I’m on pins and needles waiting for the next season of Project Runway. I went on a google hunt trying to find out if the designers are allowed to use pattern blocks and found this great behind the scenes interview with one of the producers. I have even more respect for what those designers have to do to survive.


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