Casper loves meat!

Casper loves meat!

So long ago, Casper asked for a T-shirt celebrating his insane love of meat. We had an assignment to make up a collection of fabric patterns using Adobe Illustrator. Using Casper’s meat love as an inspiration, I made up a mood board.


Meat vs Veggies-01
I have no idea where all the images come from, I should keep better track of these things.

I was going for a cute aesthetic, but my lack of drawing skills in Illustrator or on paper really hold me back, nonetheless I like the results. As soon as school finishes I am going on a daily drawing regime; it will be a fun morning ritual with the kids.



My collection of fabric swatches.

I ordered swatches for the whole lot from Spoon flower; usually I just order the fabric, but I find it difficult to get the scale right moving from screen to fabric. Besides I don’t have time to sew right now anyway.

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Mini Collection Illustration

Mini Collection Illustration

It’s been a long time since I posted…I’ve been a little busy with Fashion School. And while, we sew all the time, I miss sewing for myself. A lot of the sewing we do are samples and muslins. One month until summer break, and my sewing to do list is huge.

Before fashion school I never drew anything by hand, so Illustration and Design class was very challenging for me. After my second semester I started to feel more confident, but I still have a ways to go. This is my final illustration project from last term. Over the summer I will try to make a few of these; starting with the bomber jacket.

Another thing we do in fashion school, is make a bunch of mood boards. At first, I was unsure of this process, but now I enjoy making them a lot. This collection was inspired by consumption. We live in a disposable culture, where it is cheaper to buy something new, rather than to get it repaired. People today own a lot of stuff; and this has spawned a whole culture of decluttering, and organization. I’m exploring the contrast between chaos and order, the difference between hoarding and collecting, and the hypocrisy of selling minimalism. Did I even need to explain? It’s all clear looking at the collection, right?

Inspiration collage for my mini collection.

My favourite part of this project was designing the print. I just ordered it from Spoonflower, and I can’t wait to see it. I’m trying the modern jersey for the first time, hopefully it’ll work for my jacket.

P450-Squares - Spoonflower



Surviving Groupwork

Surviving Groupwork

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

Class date: October 6, 2016

Maybe some people love working in groups, but I am not one of them. I’ve found a few tips that I feel I need to work on, so that I will hopefully become a better team member.

  1. Establish common goals, outline objectives, and keep meetings on task. Seems obvious, but I think I can forget sometimes.
  2. Avoid personal criticism. I often forget that other people may not have the same opinions I do. Being too critical is something I work on through all my life, not just in group work.
  3. Listen to classmates.

Class Date: October 13, 2016

I have a few details to finish up next week, but here is our mostly finished tote bag.


Group member Stella Chu and James Jurome. Bag design by Kathryn Potter. Modelled by Stella Chu.


Class Date: October 20, 2016

We finished our bags and they were delivered to Bird on a Wire, where they are available for purchase.



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