paradise

paradise

I'm Ann. I've been sewing since I was 9. My first project was a denim wrap skirt. Thrifting is a way of life for me - both eco-chic and financially savvy.

Mini SWAP

We’re doing one of those wardrobe capsules between May and July1st on Sewing Refuge, the former Sewziners site. Five pieces, interchangeable. I just bought some new fabrics – and I have many in stash. But I desperately need casual clothes…

sew much sewing

I cut out the handbag for the Pattern Review contest. Used one of my books. Measured it off. It’s not a big bag, but those handles didn’t need a big bag. I am excited to sew it – and in…

More nursing patterns

I bought four Elizabeth lee nursing patterns tonight (sale on the site). The photos there are kinda dorky – and they need newer mothers modeling. But I have seen the very same styles in my latest nursingwear catalogs so I…

Babywearing coat!

Babywearing coat, side view, full length Babywearing coat link Doesn’t that look fabulous! I’m impressed. I followed all the instructions exactly and it came out really well. A very chic just above the knee length coat, with babywearing panel to…

New hot patterns

their new Riviera line debuted today. Ooh la la. Now I’ve only ever made 3 patterns by them (muslin tested a fourth, under construction). But I love the line. This one is, as it’s name implies, a resort-wear collection of…

UFO weekend – status!

Sewed: 1 pr flannel pajamas 1 flannel nightgown 1 re-worked nursing top (a redo from last summer, took it apart and resewed it with some better features) 1 red satin clutch 1 toile canvas make-up bag Mended/finished: Hemmed 3 skirts…

UFO weekend

I’m a third of the way into UFO weekend. G. got up late so I got a late start, but by 1pm I had hemmed all three skirts – the two pleated silk, and gray leather – a shirt of…

Tube tops

So I love Hot Patterns. My banded tube top is all the rage this summer – and I already have one! But I did see this wrapover keyhole banded tube top which would make fantastic nursing access with a double…

maxi dress?

So I’ve been seeing the maxi sundress this season and wondering. Is it for me? But then I read an e-mail newsletter for fashionistas and they recommended it with lots of bangly bracelets and flat shimmery sandals. And THEN I…