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!

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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 Night Film: A Novel 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 Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (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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