City Gym Shorts Versions 1-3

I joke that the easiest job is to be the weather person in San Diego. “Today, it will be seventy two degrees and sunny”…. day after day after day! The fantastic weather means my wardrobe staples are shift dresses or tops with shorts. After seeing Amber of oneshabbychickhawaii‘s City Gym shorts, I decided to take a chance on the pattern. …

Podcast Episode # 77: Melissa Mora

When I first started making clothes, I found Melissa Mora also known as MellySews through her website. As a former teacher, Melissa uses her educational background to produce helpful, well photographed and researched tutorials. (Check out her latest tutorial for a bolster pillow!). After seeing Melissa’s new book, Sundressing, I was excited to have her as a podcast guest. During our conversation, we talk …

Podcast Episode # 70 : Sonya Philip of 100 Acts of Sewing

Knowing I was going to drive for at least three hours to attend Craftcation in 2015, I set aside five interesting podcasts. There is something about listening to a podcast while driving a car. While I am focused on driving, an interesting background conversation soothes the traffic anxieties and makes me feel my commuting time has been productive. On that particular drive, …

Me Made May so far…

It’s almost halfway through the month and I am LOVING the Me Made May challenge so far. Here is some of what I have worn so far: A muslin Scout Tee and muslin Pants no.1 (pattern by Sonya Philip, unblogged so far!) A cowl made of Malabrigo yarn. An Esme tunic. (I wrote about another Esme here) Tank made from Amy Barickman’s …

Podcast Episode # 57 : Jen Beeman of Grainline Studio

As someone who learned how to quilt first, garment sewing has intimidated me. With the exception of my curvy Meadow Quilt, most quilts are flat. 🙂  When you follow a well tested quilt pattern, you know you are going to make the same quilt as pictured on the cover of the pattern. That is not the case with garments.Bodies are …

Podcast Episode #47: Cal Patch

There are amazingly talented people who fall in love with multiple crafts. These crafty renaissance people interest me and I admire their creativity. Cal Patch of Hodge Podge Farm is one of those people. With her love of the fiber arts including spinning, crocheting and knitting, she is a talented garment sewer/sewist, author, designer and teacher. After watching her classes on Creativebug, I …

Sarai Mitnick on the Crafty Planner Podcast

Podcast Episode #37: Sarai Mitnick of Colette Patterns

I have admired Sarai Mitnick of Colette Patterns/Seamwork from afar from quite some time. It started with her patterns. My first love was her Sencha pattern. I love the clean lines and feminine touches. Since Sencha, I have gone on to buy the Ceylon dress, the Iris shorts, the Juniper pants and the Negroni shirt from their men’s line Walden. Here is my “small” …

Scout Tees by Crafty Planner

Scout Tees… yes, plural…

How have I not posted about my Scout Tees!?! This pattern (by Grainline Studio) has become my tried and true pattern for shirts. I first talked about these tees in my podcast with April Rhodes and have gone a bit crazy over them since then. Here is my wearable muslin: [twocol_one][/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last][/twocol_one_last] Fabric: The fabric is from Art Gallery’s Indian Summer …

Me Made May 2015

On Instagram (I really might need an intervention for my Instagram addiction at some point…), I discovered a Me Made May challenge.  It has a few hashtags for the event (#memademay, #memademay2015, #mmmade2015) but the event encourages people to wear their handmade items during the month of May.  (Here is the official sign up.)  At first, I tried to ignore …