Yes, our vacation in Italy was coming to an end. We had one day left and no plans. Lake Como came up as a potential place to visit in the beginning of the vacation, we thought we'll spend the last day there, especially that it was close enough to Milan (our departure airport).

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Last week I spent a day in Brussels with my friends Nena, Laure, Hélène and Karen. We spent time drinking hot chocolate and eating cake, visiting palaces and drawing. I drew this because I was going to see Fleet Foxes on Saturday:

I swear I can draw things that don't include puddles of blood.

The concert was pretty awesome. A lot of people were shouting requests between songs, and me and my friends started giggling about how it would be funny if someone just shouted a song name that wasn't at all a Fleet Foxes song. So in the next quiet moment I shouted 'Wonderwall!' and they tried their best to oblige:

This is why I love live music.
I really, really want to share this version of my new Isca pattern with you as it's the one I wear most of the time, but I am finding my desire to have be picture taken is lower than ever. I decided to just go and do it this morning in my one day worn and creased dress before we go out for the day in this same outfit. So this is me being me and trying not to look too uncomfortable in the process. I hope you likely!

There is not much to say about said dress other than the super drapey slubby denim tencel is from Blackbird fabrics. I bought it about a year ago, but I think its the same one as this one here.

So here are some pictures of how I'm wearing it today! xxx

How amazing is the print on this fabric? Rhetorical question, so no need to answer! It's from Clear It in Melbourne and I've been seeing it pop up on sewists blogs and Instagram's for the last two years or so. Sadly it had well and truly sold out by the time I got myself to Clear It so I'm very lucky that Anna had some in her stash which she sent up to me. Thank you Anna!!!

I had just over a meter of fabric to play with; and the fabric is quite thin and floaty (so different to the fabric content Anna speaks about on her blog - I think there were two bolts of this print floating around Clear It). It seems perfect for a little summer tee and I'm happy that I could fit the Simplicity 1366 onto the fabric.

There's not much to say about the sewing of this top - as it's pretty much the same as the other two I've made. I stuck with lengthening the... [read more]
Hi friends,

In case you didn't already know, I live in NYC, Queens to be exact, and if you live anywhere near here, you know that recently winter has started.  It took it's time this year, showing almost no interest in easing us through fall and then it came full force, out of nowhere. BAM. So I'm sure you can guess that the pictures and garment I wanted to share with you today, are from the deep throws of summer, when tank tops and rayon wrap skirts made more sense.  What can I say... I told you I've been behind on my blogging.  Lol.

This is the third time I've made this kind of skirt, the second time I've blogged about it (see the first (and shorter) blogged version here).  If it looks eerily similar to a Meghann Neilsen cascade skirt that's because I was heavily inspired by it.  I thought about purchasing the pattern, but I wasn't entirely... [read more]

Last Sunday,

I was able to show a friend how to make cold processed soap. It sure was a lot of fun! They left with about eight pounds of soap, the two soap molds that were curing the soap and my first soap cutter.


Since I had planned on giving them the bulk of the soap I only had leftovers, which filled this cedarwood soap mold about halfway.

I promptly wrapped a towel around my mold. I’m unsure why, since I do have a cover for this mold, but it doesn’t matter, the soap was covered and insulated.

My friend received 36 bars of soap from the soap that was made at my home. How much did I receive from the leftovers? Six bars of soap and that’s fine by me. I have lots of soap at my home, easily 60 bars of soap. This coming week, I’ll be making a big batch of soap that might be ready by Christmas. If so, I’ll be giving away a few bars to my daughter’s teachers.

I am off from work next week!  I love to take Thanksgiving Week off.  Part of my plans are to sew as well as fix Thanksgiving dinner. 

I am currently finishing sewing the New Look swing dress.  Will review later.  I also made a change to my website.  I have added another page with my Pattern Reviews shown there, in case you want to check out a review.

Back to sewing room-later!

Two new upcycled denim canteen bags in the shop! Stay wild, moonchild. 

The moon is a loyal companion, indeed. Beautifully put by Tahereh Mafi in Shatter Me.

The moon has always served as an inspiration. Personally I've always had a penchant for celestial themed goods. I found myself wanting to create something new in the canteen bag style. A moon is perfect.

My Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 has like 600 stitches and I would like to use them all at least once haha. Here's a chart with some of them. Numbers 28 and 35 stood out to me because they look most like star bursts or twinkles. I ended up using #35 on a dark gray jean remnants cut into crescent shapes. Then I hand beaded the stars on the patchwork denim sky. If I make more of these I'm definitely going to try mixing up the stitches using different designs and maybe a full moon too.

Check them out in the shop here:

"As its Children in need on Friday we are giving you the opportunity to send your child into school dressed up as a character from a children's TV show!" DUH DUH DUHHHHHH!  Okay so here's the deal, Lil man is not a fan of kids TV [something I thank Jesus for everyday because I cannot cope with Topsy and Tim or Peppa pig]. Instead he chooses to either watch Disney movies [which I LOVE]  or

We a have limited number of copies available for sale. 
So if you did not pre-order your copy,  
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Before I started sewing, if someone mentioned TNT, I would think of bombs and explosions. You know, trinitrotoluene, the stuff that is used to detonate things and would show up in cartoons, usually blowing up Wiley Coyote. How misguided I was... In the sewing world, TNT actually stands for Tried'n'True patterns, i.e. a pattern that you have made loads of versions of and has stood the test of time, fit and wear, to become a wardrobe staple. Why are we talking about this now? November is TNT month over at the Sewcialists, the online sewing community. So I wanted to give you my take on them as well. Join the conversation with #sewcialistsTNT.

Sock yarn is something I often buy as a souvenir. And then it typically sits in my yarn stash for a very long time before I decide to use it. That wasn’t actually true for this yarn. I bought it this summer at the Sheep Dog Trials on our island (a national competition and a lot of fun to watch!) and started to knit it pretty quickly thereafter. I like to have a very portable project on my needles (I do generally prefer to knit sweaters so I always have several projects going at once). I’m finally finding the time to knit such portable projects as my toddler has reached a stage in development where I can plop in one place and let her run in circles around me while I knit, at least for short stretches of time :)

I chose the pattern because I had it in my library, in an old Interweave Knits magazine, and it was interesting while still being suitable for such a complex colorway. I... [read more]

Siamo tornate, dopo quasi due anni di assenza dal blog, per un evento davvero speciale, o meglio un Avvento davvero speciale! Infatti, insieme alle amiche dell'Avvento Creativo prepareremo un Natale veramente unico, con tante idee creative. Un grandissimo grazie a Ivy de Le Creazioni di Ivy, che con la sua energia ha dato vita a questa bellissima iniziativa:

Dal 1° Dicembre al 24 Dicembre, troverete ogni giorno un nuovo tutorial dedicato al Natale:

E c'e' una sorpresa perché già oggi potete visitare la pagina Facebook di Adriana - Coccole tra le nuvole di mamma Dada - e scoprire come creare uno stupendo December Daily dove raccogliere i ricordi del vostro Avvento Creativo. Adriana propone un tutorial... [read more]

Welcome to week 2 of our Handmade Christmas Challenge!  Last week, I shared with you our mantra for this holiday season… I talked about the … More handmade christmas challenge – wk 2 »

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Linden Sweatshirt

Hello, Sewcialists!

I’m Erica from Handmade Wardrobe. I live in Halifax, on the east coast of Canada, where I am a public librarian. I started sewing about 7 years ago when I became fed up with trying to make ready-to-wear items work for my petite (5’2″) but curvy body. When I’m not working or sewing, I’m reading lots of non-fiction (favourite topics include: art-theft, female spies and code-breakers, and memoirs of quirky people) or roaming through parks with my husband and our dog, Yuri.

Linden Sweatshirt

One of the garments that propelled me to really get serious about sewing was a Linden Sweatshirt from Grainline Studio that I made 3 years ago. It was the first time I’d worked with knits and I used a dense ponte. It was an item I could throw on for anything and I wore that shirt everywhere: I dressed it up for work; I wore it as pyjamas; I wore it out to parties.... [read more]

This December is Party Time!

What better way to celebrate than making a whole month about it? Lots of people will be making party outfits for the holidays in December, but you can interpret “party” however you want. It’s an open theme and the key to this theme is to have fun with it.

Want to have a PJ party all month? Make some fancy pyjamas.

Want to make a New Year’s Eve dress for dancing? Make a lovely twirly dress.

Want to make a suit for a dandy night out on the town? Get out your wool suiting and have a blast.

Heading out to a costume party? Make a costume for the event!

Bonus points if you celebrate with cake. 😉

There will be inspiration posts to get you started and party-themed reviews.

Want to join the party online? Tag your makes on Instagram with #CSCPartyTime and you will be included in the round up post at the beginning of January. Don’t have... [read more]

It seems I'm on a coat-making kick when it comes to using fabrics from Organic Cotton Plus. My previous review was a Kelly Anorak with their fabulous pink cotton twill. I knew that this time around I wanted to make my oldest daughter a winter coat, and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!

This is the Olivia and Oliver Peacoat from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. I made this coat once before for my daughter, when she was just a baby (sob!). I've always wanted to make it again, and I'm so glad I did!

For my outer fabric, I chose this navy wool (it comes in 11 colors!). Aside from being the classic peacoat color, it also matches my daughter's school colors. I wasn't quite sure about the fabric and whether it'd be suitable for a coat, but I looked through the older posts from other OCP bloggers and found a coat made from the same fabric.... [read more]
Today I've got a tutorial for you on how to stabilize knit shoulder seams with strips of woven or knit selvage!

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It is no secret that I love a nice petticoat/crinoline to wear with my 50's style dresses and skirts. And I'm happy to say that I've found the perfect tried-and-tested source for these petticoats. Today, I will share my source with you, dear reader!

Let me introduce: Hand Made Petticoats (on Etsy).

First off, this is NOT a sponsored post, I just really like these petticoats/crinolines and want to pass the word on and support a fellow sewist in her business adventure #girlboss.

The company is owned by Maria, and each petticoat is handmade by her in her home in Wales, UK, and sold via her shop on Etsy.

The petticoats are made with tiers of sparkling "snow" organza on a waistband of a nice, smooth polyester satin and have a narrow elastic at the waist.

The petticoats come in 4 standard sizes (S-XL), 6 standard lengths (19, 22, 24, 25, 26 and 27 inches), a... [read more]

I am just popping in today to tell you that I have my second blog post up on the Minerva Craft site today! A big thank you goes to the Minerva Craft team for sending me the fabric and supplies for this project.

Go there to read all about my dream cardigan and how I had to make it twice to get it as I wanted.

Oh, and Marie is there too ;)

Pilvi Coat - Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style - Fabric from Britex Fabrics - CSews

As soon as I saw this colorful fabric at Britex Fabrics, I thought to myself, “Pilvi Coat!” A simple design is great for a large print because you can show off the print to full advantage. That’s what I like the Pilvi Coat pattern from the sewing book Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style (affiliate link here). I’ve made this coat twice before, one in blue and another using a fabric with a big print, which you can see here and here.

This coat has pockets! I had fun using colorful fabric scraps for my pockets.

Pilvi Coat from Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style - CSews

I love the colorful painterly design of this home dec fabric, which is a digital print from Spain. Britex marked down the fabric to $20/yard because the manufacturer forgot to put a selvage on one side of the fabric.

Beautiful fabric from Britex Fabrics

Now this beautiful fabric is part of the ongoing Yard Sale at Britex Fabrics, which means you can take an additional 40 to 60%... [read more]

Hello, hello!

It is a long time since I released any new patterns (over a year), but I have been working slowly on things behind the scenes and this week saw the release of a new coat pattern and a new dress pattern. So just like the saying goes, no patterns for ages and then two come along at once...

First up is the Isca shirtdress. This is a design that is probably the most badly timed in terms of aaaall the shirtdress patterns that have been released this year, ha, but one that has been on my mind for the longest time. When I set up my pattern company I really wanted to reproduce a dress I drafted from a mens shirt block. It had a draped front so the button placket was skewed and flopped to the side. I wore it until it fell apart so was a dream dress, but as time has gone by some of the elements felt a bit dated. Below is my more up to date interpretation... [read more]
We've all been there. After telling someone with pride that we made our skirt/dress/jumper/quilt they immediately ask if we can make one for them? Sometimes they follow it up with an offer of payment [Although I'm not sure they ever really know how much these things cost to make!] And then you have to scramble for a response whilst trying to work out if you actually want to make this person an

It’s well known that Imma dress girl and I’m always on the hunt for a good sheath dress pattern…even now that I don’t need one everyday for work. So I was immediately drawn to the Cashmerette Rivermont Dress and Top.

However, I liked the pattern so much that I made a dress and a top from the pattern.  My review of both is below.

Let’s discuss the Rivermont Top first…
I’ve been saving pictures from Instagram and the Internet of tops with flared peplums and elongated back hems. When I made the dress (yes it was made prior to making the top), I realized that the top would work with some of the ideas I had floating around in my head.

I had to make a few pattern alterations to give the peplum the flare and length that I wanted.  I also added a lining for the walk-away appearance. The pattern comes with full length sleeves but I shortened mine... [read more]

I can’t even believe I’m writing this post! Last year, shortly after starting sewing, I wanted to find a way to engage with the sewing community more than I was through Instagram – to challenge myself to take better photos of my makes, challenge myself to step outside my comfort zone and connect with all […]

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