It’s Not Easy Being Cool

I bought some TOTALLY RADICAL patches when I was in Vancouver:

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I have honestly no idea what I will do with these (I briefly considered sewing the second patch on to something of my son’s as an EPIC TROLL) but they have given me far more than fifty cents (CANADIAN!) of giggles so there’s that.

And no, I have not been invited to any 80s-themed parties (well, not since the 1980s when every party was 80s-themed by default) and I’d rather not sully my Levi’s trucker jacket with these. Other ideas?

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I bet this looks familiar

Same old Simplicity 2389 bodice with the skirt. Liberty print (although I can’t remember which one). Edit: It’s .

And, of course, piping. (Nice fat piping on this one!)

The zipper turned out nicely on this one—oh, this me burying the lede, I got a new sewing machine and the new invisible zipper foot is like buttah—post about the sewing machine to come soon.

Here’s a closer view of the bodice, although I think most Constant Readers of this blog could be woken from a sound sleep and draw this from memory:

The pocket piping is barely visible, since the pattern is so busy:

And of course, the back view:

I made about four more of these dresses over the last month, plus two more in a NEW! PATTERN! I’ll try to post those shortly.

Winter Dress: Embryonic Stage

I just got this Liberty Lantana fabric for a winter dress:

Looking forward to the long process of finding JUST THE RIGHT COLOR PIPING to use with this. (It’s probably going to be another dress like this one; I’m a sucker for a fabrics with a dark ground and bright designs!)

Lantana is the Liberty wool/cotton blend—I think it’s 80% cotton, 20% wool. It’s a dream to sew with and it’s very warm. Perfect winter fabric!

I need this for an event in February, so now this just has to arrive at warp speed from the UK (and my sewing machine has to make a speedy return from the repair shop)!

Do you have any winter dress plans?

New Year, New Blog

Hi! I changed my hosting! There’s a new theme! Other stuff!

For a month or so there older posts were missing images (uh, because they were still pointing to URLs from two hosts back …). But they should be back now!

Please let me know if you see weirdnesses or missing things. New posts to follow shortly!

2015 Plaidurday Dress

was more than a week ago, so I suppose I should post my Plaidurday dress (no spoilers!):

This fabric is a cotton/linen blend; I bought the last 2.75 yards from Fabric Mart Fabrics (sorry).

Piped pockets, of course:

Zipper and side-seam matching:

I really like the bold stripe down the shoulder:

This picture really shows you the linen-y texture of the fabric:

And the back:

I’m really into plaid for autumn/winter, and especially dark plaids, so I was happy to find this fabric — dark in color, but light in weight, perfect for autumn-in-San-Francisco-that’s-really-summer. What fabrics or patterns are you dreaming about for autumn?