Sew Weekly Reunion Pantone Challenge Outfit


The Facts- I just realized I am supposed to name my outfit…oops! Can’t change my blog title now. I declare this the “It’s coming!” outfit. I know fall is coming and I need to face it!

Fabric: Purple drapey knit jersey from LA fashion district, grey stretch twill from Value Village

Notions: Fusible thread, lots of buttons

Pantone Challenge colors: Acai and Turbulence. Bonus: Deep Lichen Green lining! Continue reading


Royal Brocade Coat

royalbrocadecoat6No, my daughter does not need a coat. Her grandparents from California send her jackets regularly (they know we need a whole wardrobe of them here in Seattle and are so sweetly helpful!). So this jacket is solely for “the pretty” and I thought I would take this opportunity to try my hand at a coat. Continue reading

My beloved sewing room


White board for notes, a corkboard, some thread, and a magnet board for odds and ends.

Recently we decided that our formal living room was not useful. We never went in there. Like, ever. It was lovely to look at, but we all walked right by it on our way to the comfy family room that is connected to the kitchen. We also had a formal dining room that we used quite rarely. At my husband’s suggestion (for which he won 1 million husband points) we moved the formal dining room into the living room area, so that we had a pretty and formal space as you walked into our home, but then used the now empty formal dining room for a SEWING ROOM!


Yes, that is 4 sewing machines. Just enough, really.

But the space is still downstairs, in the “company” part of the house, so it is necessary to have it look nice. That means I have to clean up after myself on a regular basis (probably a good idea anyway) and it means that I had to buy nice looking furniture and decorate it in keeping with the rest of the downstairs. The paint on the walls is Restoration Hardware’s “Silver Sage” and it continues throughout the entry, hall and dining room.

Those green buckets are stuffed so full!

I can set my pattern instructions right on the gray buffet while I’m working on a garment. The white dress form with the bows hanging off it is not used for fitting; it is from a store I used to dress windows for and the measurements on it are nowhere near a normal human being’s measurements, so I just use it as a giant pincushion. I sure wish it was a tiny bit smaller so I could use it for my little girl’s clothes, but the shoulders are too broad.

I hand stenciled that giant wall. That took a while!

I hand stenciled that giant wall. That took a while!

The most wonderful part of the room is the giant cutting table. It is the most luxurious thing to be able to lay out 2 yards of fabric and cut it standing comfortably. The table is 12 IKEA “Lack” tables I glued together in two layers. My husband plans on putting a finished front with beadboard and trim on it so you don’t see under it when you walk by, but for now it works well. I like having easy access to all sides.


On the backside I have a bar to hang my works in progress so they aren’t cluttering up my table. That bar is usually very full but I cleaned it off for picture time. And I left a large area open so I can lay my patterns flat. Especially those PDF patterns on regular paper…they just don’t fold up easily.

You might be wondering where my patterns and fabric are. I couldn’t possibly only have 4 green buckets full. You’d be correct! Most of my stash is in the under the stair closet right next door. I won’t scare you with pics of that.

Organza flower yoke plaid dress

S. B&W Plaid dress 1 I love plaid, but my daughter, S, hates it. She says it is “boy-ish.” So, to get her excited about wearing this dress (since she will not wear anything she’s not excited about) I added some details to make it more “girl-ish.” I bought the flowered organza fabric to use as an accent. The yoke was really easy to do since I just stitched around it and left the edges raw. The flowers on the fabric are intentionally shabby chic and fray so that finish ended up being perfect (and easy!). Continue reading