When I signed up to test the sizing update for the Chalk + Notch Orchid Midi dress, it wasn’t necessarily because I was super drawn to the design itself. I really loved the testing process with the Amelie dress last month and I was excited to give it another go. As I
I decided this year that I wanted to be more involved in the sewing community. Initially I wasn’t sure how I was going to do that, but in April a wonderful opportunity presented itself. I had been casually applying here and there for collaborations and pattern testing, not expecting to hear anything.
Remember my MeMadeMay pledge? I was going to focus on refashioning and finishing and NOT cut a bunch of new projects. Well I’m a week into May and I’ve broken it already. First an opportunity to pattern test popped up. And then not one, but both of my Minerva Makes projects arrived.
April was a really productive sewing month. It was full of new challenges and loads of inspiration. I managed to make two dress and a tee shirt for myself, plus a sweet little dress for Ember. In doing so, I participated in three sewing community challenges, pattern tested for the first time,
I wanted to pay homage to the early iterations of the wrap dress. One of the earliest popular designs was the Hooverette dress of the 1930’s. After searching for ages for a readily available pattern, I finally found the 1930’s Hooverette by Mrs. Depew. It had all the elements of a 1930’s
Me Made May is coming! For last two years I’ve lurked on social media as sewists and makers challenge themselves to prioritize wearing their handmade garments. This year I’m joining in! If you haven’t heard about Me Made May, it’s a community challenge started by Zoe Edwards and you can read all
In taking on a project all about wrap dresses, I would be remiss to overlook the garment’s origins. After a bit of research, I’ve chosen some beautiful patterns that I believe represent the history of the wrap dress, while remaining modern enough for everyday wear. But first, a little history. Housedress to
Spring is here! I’m so excited for spring sewing! I have some really exciting projects coming up. I’ve also started following Charlotte Powell’s new page Sewcial Events and Challenges on Instagram. She keeps track of tons of challenges and sewalongs and makes it so easy to participate. For April, my goals are
For the Work to Weekend segment of this year’s dress project, I really wanted to feature a wrap dress with a straighter skirt. I had Vogue 9313 in my stash and decided it was a great time to try it out. I ended up making view A from a wonderful stretch cotton gingham from
The Sew Over It Eve dress has become a cult classic in the sewing community. Come spring, it seems like everyone is whipping up those flutter sleeves and dipped hems. Beautiful! While that version is most popular, I was really drawn to the other option featuring a straight hem and narrow mid-length