Category Archives: Finished Objects

simplicity 1803 + simplicity 1873 = awesomesauce

weird, but true story of how bloggers know me better than anyone: i was describing a make – really, any make, but it might have been this one – to clio, whose only answer was, “i pretty much imagine you … Continue reading

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han shot first – will he please shoot me?

i think the thing that started these trousers for me was the realization that i had some scraps of amazing blue flowered lace leftover from cutting out a woven attempt at my lady-mary-inspired top.  i saw the interesting yoke design … Continue reading

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simplicity 1610: the cat’s meow

  so the arrival of summer weather – at long last here in the northeast US – demands a fresh summer dress. and i, of course, obliged. enter the magic blue envelopes of simplicity project runway patterns.  for me, a … Continue reading

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mmmay day 12: simplicity 1803, crop-top style and something abs-olutely horrifying

the trend of “crops” is, if you’ll pardon the pun, “cropping” up everywhere this year. but more on that in a minute. the evolution of this look started from the idea of a two-piece dress. it became increasingly clear from … Continue reading

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sewaholic saltspring: operation black tie

picture the scene: atlantic city. march. bleak. cigarette smoke and slot machines. i felt like i was smuggling something untoward into the building as i carried my 11-lb featherweight in its case out of the car and into the lobby, … Continue reading

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simplicity 1873 double shot: i am a pretty pretty princess in a cellophane skirt

may i present my birthday outfit! i made the gray renfrew in the hour before i had to leave for dinner with the fam. which meant i was almost half an hour late after testing the renfrew with different combos … Continue reading

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new look 6028: the original shortcut-style chanel jacket

believe it or not, friends, but this is – technically – the first chanel-style jacket i ever contemplated making. a year before taking susan khalje’s french jacket course even entered my head, i began wondering if i could do one … Continue reading

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simplicity 1873: from classy to cammo

it started, as it so often does, with a simple inspiration photo. classy, right? with a welcome hint of playfulness? so you might easily ask how one goes from this to this: and the simple answer, of course, is that … Continue reading

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the road to crazytown, it is paved in silk scraps: patchwork pieced deer and doe datura blouse

the genesis of this specimen is from a very innocuous, friendly-seeming book helpfully titled “we love color.” “we love color.” well, so do i – what could be more harmless? and there i sat, innocently – remember, back before the … Continue reading

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chanel-inspired alabama chanin sweater

i’m back on pinterest in a big way recently. i had a fairly severe addiction over the summer, when it was the only cohesive way to bookmark garden designs and plant ideas while still keeping track of my garment sewing … Continue reading

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