Category «on fitting & pattern alteration»

protracting a good fit

I’ve noticed widely varying sentiments regarding kimono sleeves — some people adore them, some really really don’t. I get that. For me, the thing I didn’t like about some of my earlier kimono-sleeve makes was the fit of the armscye — sometimes it was too low, sometimes too big, sometimes it just felt wrong or …

the chopping block

Take a long look at this one, if you’re so inclined. This post is the last you’ll see of it unless you shop at my friendly neighborhood thrift store. But I’m getting ahead of myself; let me back up… This last round of McCall’s releases held fewer temptations for me than any in recent memory. …

dressing myself

Y’all. I pre-ordered the Tiramisu. As in, before it was released. As in, September 25, 2012, the day the pre-sale began. (I just double-checked my Etsy account to make sure.) So why – WHY – is this my first make from the pattern? I spent the better part of the time it took to construct …

gold star

Last week, Gail wrote a blog post in which she described a direct correlation between how quickly she photographs a project and how much she likes it. With this project that I completed a few weeks ago, the opposite seems to be true: every time it’s clean, I wear it out without taking pics, so the …

a second time for everything

Allow me to present my favorite garment of 2013 so far! It didn’t take much to beat the first attempt, but I’m happy to say that I quite like this one… and not just by comparison. :-) You may recall that the first time I tried Vogue 8854, I found the fit in the armscye/upper …

how not to do an fba

The post to follow is a grade A example of why not just anyone should be able to put content on the Internet. Seriously, you should just leave now — I won’t take it personally. Once you’ve seen something this heinous, you can’t unsee it. You’ve been warned. Per request, I am going to show …