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I’ll be in San Francisco this weekend at the Urban Air Market! Stop by and say hello if you’re in the area.Image

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I LOVE Colette Patterns!  In case you don’t know they are an independent pattern company based out of Portland.  They make gorgeous vintage inspired dresses that flatter a variety of sizes (it seems like they were designed with curvy girls in mind).  Here is their adorable blog!  The instructions are clear and easy to follow.

This dress has 16 buttons down the front, needless to say it was extremely tedious but worth it in the end.  I changed the sleeves to a simple cap, the pattern features a gathered fuller one that I didn’t really love.

I love this dress, its so fresh and sunny.  Thanks for looking!


a dollop of sunshine… or something of that sort.  Sewing with knits is one of my favorite things because its so easy and the result is so light and comfortable.   I found this lovely knit amongst a massive pile in a fabric store/basement in San Francisco.  It was about $2 a yard and well worth the hunt.  I think its a rayon blend… its really drapey and soft.  I plotted the back by making fabric strips and tying them in a series of knots.  The best advice I can give anyone sewing with knits is MAKE A FACING FOR EVERYTHING!  Its a really easy way to get nice clean lines.  Here is a link to a site with some good tips for sewing with knits.  Enjoy!


This is one of my favorite shirts or it could be a short dress (it looks pretty cute with leggings), either way its perfect for spring and is a regular in my day to day wardrobe.

I started with a basic darted bodice and added a bandanna neckline, a ruffle across the bottom and a tie to accentuate the waist. There are buttons on the shoulder to get it on and off. I love this shirt because it is easy, versatile and original.

I got this fabric while studying in Cyprus. It is 100% cotton however it has an unusual amount of drape for a fabric of its content… I would suggest making this in a nice rayon or silk, something that hangs nicely!

I’m working on a tutorial for the bandanna neckline right now so get your fabric ready, I’ll post it some time in the next couple days. Feel free to ask me any questions!