Fashion Cycle Journal

Fashion Cycle Journal

I have an assignment to make a journal entry after each Fashion Cycle Class.

Class Date: September 15, 2016

Today we explored ideas on Pinterest, and drew tote bag ideas. For one of our designs, we need to expand it to include 5 variations. Here are some of my first, pretty lame, sketches.


Class Date: September 22, 2016

After a few days, something clicked and I ended up with some designs I love, especially my little bunny lunch tote.


Today we presented our sketches to our teacher and our classmates. Once seeing all the other designs, I worried about the simplicity of my design, but on the plus side the pattern drafting was quite easy.

Class Date: September 29, 2016

Today in class we created a muslin for our tote. Going into class, I was confident that my bag was of such simple design I didn’t need to worry about the actual bag construction. I was more concerned with working out the details, and wanted it to be a useable muslin. Construction was more difficult than expected, and my pattern needed to be modified. Since class, I have made a second muslin, which is still not exactly how I imagined, but my kids aren’t too picky, so they’ll do. I’m looking forward to moving on from this.




Banana Sweet

Banana Sweet

7 months ago I pledged to make another version of this dress for Adeline. Considering this dress has been complete for at least 2 months, we’re talking record breaking completion time for me.


This dress is, amazingly, a favorite of both Adeline and I. It’s been worn so many times over the summer. The combination lightweight jersey, purchased eons ago from Girl Charlee, and long sleeves is perfect for fair Adeline, who declares daily, “Sunscreeen is my enemy!”.


I made size 116, with sleeve length of 110, then added 3/8″ length to the bodice, and 1″ length to the hem.


Lucky us, having photo shoots in Croatia. The top 2 photos are in Zagreb, and the bottom is in Vir.

The Details
Pattern Ottobre 4/2014 Pattern 26 Size 116…sort of
Fabric Type Lightweight Jersey
Content Unknown
Stretch Factor 50%

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In search of a better T-shirt pattern.

In search of a better T-shirt pattern.

I’ve been using the same T-shirt pattern (an amalgamation of a few patterns) for several years. Anytime I venture to try a new pattern, I pull out my old standard for comparison. Lately the fit is not as perfect as it used to be, and thus I am holding auditions for a new favourite. This is the Meg McElwee T-shirt pattern from the Craftsy course Sewing with Knits, the same as I used for this mustard dress, and while the fit is great for the dress, I prefer a looser fit through the waist. I made a medium with 2″ extra length added.


This is another Stencil 201 stencil. I was going for a Lemonade/Coral/Aubergine gradient using my new Tulip Colorshot paint. The gradient didn’t work out, but I like the paint a lot. It’s not stiff like other Tulip paints I’ve used.

P450-IMG_8880I had considered this whole project of a fail, yet I keep wearing it. It’s super comfortable (100% stretch) and surprisingly, I really like the colour. Unfortunately it’s already pilling, so the rest of this material is earmarked for underwear. What’s your favorite T-shirt pattern?


Scirocco Dress

Scirocco Dress

I recently purchased a pattern making book, I should say, a new pattern making book since I have several. I keep thinking a new book will solve all my sewing problems. Of course, if you never try making the patterns…that’s why I’m going to school, dedicated learning time.


Adeline was fascinated with the book, and requested a 3-tired skirt that she found. Somewhere in the back recesses of my mind I remembered that I purchased a set of patterns, containing the Scirocco Dress by Figgy’s Patterns.


Adeline loves the dress, she does not love the excessive sunscreening that goes along with it, but hey, being fashionable comes at a cost. She’s always telling her friends,”Did you notice my dress has 3 skirts? Did you notice my dress has a hole in the back? Did you know my mom made my dress?” I want to tell them, “I made it to match her taste, not mine”. But I don’t, because I love that she has such a strong opinion. And when she styles it with her lace up hightops that drive me crazy as we’re leaving the house, once we’re out of the house, I have to admire her style. What’s the point of making something I love, to have it sit in the drawer?


And it’s fun to go out of my comfort zone. I used my hemmer foot for the first time ever, which worked really well, except when I had to go over an eyelet.

The Details
Scirocco – Figgy’s Patterns Size 6-7
Fabric Cotton Eyelet


A dress 5 years in the making.

A dress 5 years in the making.

I bought this fabric 5 years ago, made the dress around 4 years ago, planned to remake the dress 3 years ago, pledged to remake the dress on the blog 1.5 years ago, and finally remade the dress. Hurray!

P450-IMG_9071I’ve been plowing through a bunch of nearly done projects lately; perhaps it’s due to the Magic of all the Tidying I’ve done. Or perhaps, because I am slated to start Fashion Design at VCC in the fall, starting new projects doesn’t make sense.

P450-IMG_9075I used the skirt from the original dress, and the bodice is the T-shirt pattern that came with the Sewing with Knits Craftsy course. I made a size medium.

P450-IMG_9078The dress isn’t perfect, one of the pockets is a bit wonky, but I’ve already worn it twice, which is a lot for a dress. If I get sick of it, I’ll make it into a dress for Adeline.


My mom hated the original dress, and I defended it adamantly, until I saw it in pictures. I’ll see what she thinks of the new version. Do you have any projects waiting to be remade?

Kid’s Clothes Week

Kid’s Clothes Week


Last week was Kid’s Clothes Week, and as usual I made some pajamas. To celebrate, finally, refurbishing my  ugly mustard dress I used up the rest of the fabric. The non-childish print is very sweet on her, making me wish I’d sewn her a dress instead.


Casper got a pair of underwear, which he would not let me photograph on him, but they are also adorable.


The Details
Tank Top Ottobre 01-2013-22 Size 116
Adeline’s underwear Jalie 2568 Size H
Casper’s Underwear Ottobre 01-2013-16 Size 104
Fabric Type Jersey
Stretch Factor 75%

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Tight underwear is like a smile…

Tight underwear is like a smile…

…it lifts your cheeks.

My latest batch of underwear is the cutest, but sadly, a bit tight. Because I, with my 6 years of sewing experience, completely disregarded the 70% stretch requirement of Jalie 2568. Underwear is small, can 50% stretch really be so different than 70%? Yes, the difference is slightly uncomfortably tight underwear.

I’m not getting discouraged. I happen to have a degree in mathematics, and I am using my impressive math skills to expand the Jalie pattern to accommodate 50% stretch fabrics. Wish me luck. Has anybody else successfully converted a pattern in this way?

Also, check out my Instagram feed @plaid_thursdays, though currently it doesn’t have much sewing, just vacation and decluttering pics.