The Building Block Dress Book by Liesl Gibson of Oliver and S is a real delight! If you are comfortable with sewing from a pattern, but want to delve into simple pattern alteration or pattern drafting, this book is a wonderful introduction!
When you sew, you begin to accumilate more and more coloured thread,with every new project. For a long time I organized them by lining them up on a picture frame ledge like this one from ikea. It worked wonderful for my serger threads here. But, because the sewing machine thread spools are so light, I was… Continue reading DIY Thread Rack Tutorial
Sometimes I is difficult to find good fabric sources in Canada. Here a few of my favourites!
Who hasn’t heard of an apron? It takes on so many forms and yet is always recognizable. Today, we use the apron not as a piece of clothing, but usually to protect our clothing. In times when people had only a couple of dresses (an every-day dress, and a Sunday-best dress), the apron was an… Continue reading An Apron for little Artists
What do you do when the dress you bought your daughter is now too short? With a little creativity and a little sewing skill, you can do a lot. Recently, I bought two cute shift dresses for my daughter from Tommy Hilfiger. I loved their classic styling and not-so-grown up-yet design, so didn’t hesitate to… Continue reading Dress too short? No problem
Imagine, its 1945 in Paris, only weeks away from liberation. The weariness and de-moralization that comes with war has swept Europe. There is very little in the way of beauty, delicacy or femininity to see. Instead, there are uniforms, rags, and ashes. In the face war, there are also beautiful stories of human courage, love… Continue reading A New Beginning
Once in a while, I travel to the nearest Ikea. Usually this a dangerous endeavour for my wallet! Recently, on one of these excursions, I discovered a large bin containing stacks of the storage box pictured above. The first thing I thought of when I saw it was “sewing box”. I think I actually bought three, two for Lego, and one for a… Continue reading The Sewing Box