Month: April 2014

Real talk

I’m a little quiet this week because my sewing machine bit the dust. I’m currently waiting to have it repaired/ weighing my options for a new machine.
So I’ve been knitting! I’m a truly terrible knitter, I lack the necessary patience, but I’ve been dreaming of knitting sweaters and socks for ages, so I’m dusting off my needles and learning some new tricks.

I’ve picked the Jul hat pattern by Wiksten (can you tell I’m a little bit in love with Wiksten) and I’m working it up in a soft grey wool. Wish me luck!

Photos via Wiksten



Grainline on Marketplace


“Nobody ever realizes that people are involved in the making of your clothes anymore. People just assume that it’s a machine that makes our clothes. We’re so removed from how our garments or products in general are made that they never assume that there’s a person who does that.”

Jen Beeman of Grainline on Marketplace yesterday as a part of their Disappearing Jobs series.

Check out the full audio here.

Photo via Jen Beeman.

I made a shirt.

A Grainline Scout, to be exact. The pattern was insanely simple and it came together super fast. I used this tutorial to create french seams, and I’m so glad I did! My seams are so tidy I almost want to wear it inside out. Tidy seams make my heart sing.


I used some patterned quilting cotton I got on sale at JoAnn’s, it has a lovely bird pattern, Next time I think I’ll go with a lighter weight fabric, however, as this tee feels a little too boxy. I’ll also lengthen the hem next time. as this version is a little too short for me. Perhaps I’ll add the rounded hem from my beloved Wiksten tank?

I’ve found a lot of excellent variations on the Scout, below are a few of my favorites. I seriously can’t wait to make another!


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Wardrobe Architect Parts 1 and 2

As a part of my effort to become more mindful about what I consume, I am also attempting to become more mindful about the pieces I choose to sew and my motivations for creating them.


The lovely Coletterie, the blog extension of Colette Patterns, has a (relatively) new feature called the Wardrobe Architect. The Wardrobe Architect consists of a series of exercises, worksheets and prompts with the goal of understanding your own personal style and preferences and building a small wardrobe that reflects these.


Week One of the project called for participants to consider how their personal histories, philosophies, culture, community, activities and climate influenced their clothing choices.


Week Two creating a list of words that describe your personal style, starting with 15 words and paring them down to five.


Here are my five words, along with a few images that reflect them. collage1.jpg

More images I’ve collected live here.

What words describe your personal style?