A Tale of 2 Cheyennes

I'm havin' sew much fun (#sorrynotsorry) sewing 2 different versions of the Cheyenne Tunic pattern by Hey June that I decided I wanted to put the details on the blog (I'm otherwise pretty horrible at taking notes) and I'll be adding to this post to keep time with the sew along that Grace of Maker Mountain is hosting. (Note- the sew along has ended, but I'm sure Grace will host another. If you're in her FB group or follow her on IG you can catch the next one.)

This isn't my first time in the Cheyenne rodeo. I made this white one last fall; it's a crisp, tight twill. So, I haven't tried all the views and options, and I just love joining sew alongs and other sewing challenges for the extra sewcial support. (I owe Grace a big thank you for pushing me to sew my first Lane raglan when she hosted a sew along for that pattern.)

Day 1-

The first day was about picking fabric, size and options. I pulled a few fabrics from my stash that were speaking to me and polled the InstaCrowd to help me decide. 

My measurements are- chest 36" (high bust 35"), waist 29/30", hips 39/40" and I chose to prep my pattern in size small. I shortened the long sleeve pattern piece 1" somewhat arbitrarily as the suggestion is for petites to remove 2" and I'm 5'5".

I printed both views and all the pattern options just to have them. The only thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to try making a sleeveless Cheyenne using the mods outined on the Hey June blog. It sounds easy enough! And since I own and have sewn Biscayne, I used that pattern as my guide for the new armscyes.


Day 2-

Just cutting and interfacing today. Yeah. No big deal.

Except it took me forever. I ended up deciding to use a light windowpane plaid I found in my stash (Yup. Not one of the original 4 I pulled.) for a full button-up, collared version with long sleeves. And I tried to strategize plaid matching having not eaten lunch. Yeesh. A headache ensued.

I was confused by the interfacing instructions for the long sleeve cuffs. The cuffs are 'cut 2 on fold' and the interfacing is 'cut 1 on fold.' Well, you need to then cut the interfacing in half so you can interface one half of each cuff. Cutting 2 of the interfacing NOT on the fold jives with my brain better. So after scratching my head a bit and studying the instructions, that's how I did it.


I had to cut my bonus Cheyenne (vintage floral chambray) after getting some adulting out of the way so this photo was taken at night. (Makes it feel a bit like a day and night challenge, and I'm still giggling about that.) I opted for the half placket (popover) view, modified to be sleeveless. It was such a joy cutting this out with pretty much zero regard to the pattern on the fabric. I hope I did it right!

Day 3-

 Isn't that chambray gorgeous in daylight?

Isn't that chambray gorgeous in daylight?

Plackets today. Well. plackets can be pretty tricky so I'm thankful for the sew along on the Hey June blog for these steps. I didn't know the sew along existed until after I had sewn my first Cheyenne way back when and boy was I kicking myself for not thinking to check for it then. 

You could add buttonholes and buttons at this point. I'm a fan of choosing button placement when you've got a more finished garment that you can try on and can test the button locations by pinning, so I held off.

I shortened the placket pieces for the half placket by an inch and a half (and cut the center slit shorter by the same amount) since I recall the placket being a bit long on my frame in my previous Cheyenne.

Ultimately, I wasn't sure which buttons I was going to use, so I'm letting my options percolate a bit more.

The gingham ones might just be perfect or too over the top. It's a fine line.


Day 4-

First they were burritos.


And then they were practically shirts!


Along the way, there was a very happy moment when I turned the flannel one and discovered this happy accident here.


But I also discovered the front and back side seams on the chambray version were not the same length. Somehow when I adjusted the armscye to make it sleeveless I ended up changing the side seam length. Or maybe I just cut the front at the shirt line and the back at tunic. Who knows. Anyway, it wasn't anything my rotary cutter couldn't fix. 

Day 5-

Very little progress. I think I was busy trying to cull my large fabric stores (aka destash).

This sleeve placket is all I have to show.


Day 6, aka The Finish-

It all finally came together. I set the sleeves on the flannel version. 


I basted the side seams and tried her on and decided to alter the hem line a tad. I scooped out side using my dressmaker's curve as a guide. Then finished the hem with chambray bias. Just because I liked adding those little hints of chambray.


Added the cuffs, buttonholes and buttons. She's ready to show off tomorrow!

The sleeveless version had a lot less work left. Just the hem, side seams, and armscye finishing. I like to do French bias binding most often. Here's my go to tutorial when I need a refresher. She just needs one snap to keep the placket closed. I'll sew it on tomorrow. Because hand-sewing is not my favorite sewing.


Day 7- Show it off


and it's safe to say I love it.


I really love the extra scoop out of the hem in this longer length.


(Are my sleeves too long? The cuff hangs past my wrist. Although I had shortened them an inch, I wonder if I might be able to improve the fit a bit more.)

Pardon the wrinkles. I did my pictures in the wrong order, having worn it first to ihop for breakfast (nom!) and then did my flat, detail shots.


The finish is just superb. You could practically wear Cheyenne inside out.


The (bonus!) sleeveless one. It came out a wee bit snug across the chest, which is my fault and a result of how I modified the armscye. I think I also raised it a tad too much. But it's still very wearable. I just had to hand stitch a snap inside the placket this morning. (I opened my hoarded Thread Heaven!)


This one is cut to shirt length and has a simple tiny hem.


I'd love to hear any tips you might have on improving my finish on the collar of this version. It's rather bulky at the corners. 


I'll leave with 2 things. First- my favorite outtake. I really shouldn't try to be suave.


And second- check out all the other great Cheyennes made for the sew along and shared on IG under the tag #mmfsewscheyenne! It was really a lot of fun seeing so many different permutations of this pattern come together over the past week. Thanks again, Grace! I look forward to the next one. 

New Favorite Halifax

Does every new thing you make suddenly become your new favorite thing? It happens to me almost every time. (I'm excluding my Stubborn Sewist makes, naturally. I don't want to talk about those.) 

Anyhoozle, I sewed another view of the Halifax hoodie pattern last night (finally). I previously played with view E because I love the diagonal side seams. I used some luscious modal French terry from La Finch fabrics, one of the fabrics chosen for February's #letssewthistogether. 


Now, I know it's March, but February is short and I had a bit of a sickness come over me in February. I was bitten by the No Fear New Jeans bug that spread rapidly after being introduced by Closet Case. I'm digressing as per usual.

Back to my new favorite Halifax!


I lined the hood and the pockets with a light weight white sweater-y rib.


This made the pockets a bit bulky where the zipper is attached, but I'm still very happy with the overall outcome.


My favorite detail is the twill tape used to finish the zipper. I honestly wasn't expecting this because I'm guilty of not reading through the pattern instructions before starting a project. So it was late last night when I got to the steps for installing the zipper and, well, this was the twill tape I had on hand. I love it. It's details like these that really make making your own clothes rewarding. (One word of caution on this twill tape. It's the first time I've used this particular one in clothing so I can't attest to how it holds up with laundering.)

I would love to get some personalized twill tape to use for future makes. Wanna recommend a vendor (from etsy, for example)?

And I love how it fits! I cut a straight size small after sewing several in size medium and finding them pretty over-sized. (Body measurements- bust 36", hips 40".) I also find that the shoulders are a tad wide for me on Hey June patterns, so I shave 1/2" off the armscye.


I used a two-way jacket zip, because I think they're fun and they add a little bit more bling.

 ready to wear inspiration

ready to wear inspiration

I think the only other little tweak I'd do for my next one is to make the bottom band one continuous piece instead of having seams at the side seams. And I do plan to make another one immediately. I've got some brushed poly with extra lycra that's very similar in fiber content to a rtw hoodie I received for Christmas.


Thanks for stopping by!

Oh, Joy!

I had a lot of fun (which is obviously my m.o.) testing the Joy Jacket pattern by Chalk and Notch and I'm excited to share my experience with you. 

The touching story behind this pattern is that it was inspired by a jacket that was once Emily, @enjoyful_makes,'s mother's. She explained in the release post-

Amazing, right?


I sewed my View B sample in Indiesew Ice Tencel Twill (purchased from Sew To Speak when they had the trunk show last fall). It's incredibly soft and thick while being fluid and drapey. A very unique fabric. I particularly love the color variation as it almost looks a bit distressed. If you can find any of this stuff, BUY IT. #buyitall

It's actually the same material Emily had been saving to use for this jacket. I was pretty nervous cutting into it, especially as an early phase tester, but I also had a lot of confidence in Gabriela's pattern.

 and this is all that remains of the most glorious fabric ever

and this is all that remains of the most glorious fabric ever

View B features a hood and angled pockets, but you can certainly use either pocket with either view. There's also optional drawstrings for the hood or collar as well as at the hem.


My first version is unlined, except the hood. The pattern is written for making a fully-lined jacket, but Gabriela is planning a blog post about the simple changes to make when sewing Joy without a lining.


There's great seam lines which are an opportunity to play with top stitching.


And it is so easy to wear.


Gabriela's patterns are drafted for a height of 5'7", so while I'm about 5'5", I didn't shorten the jacket bodice, only the sleeves 1-1.5". 



I just had to sew the other view of Joy as well. For my second version I used the black tencel twill offered by La Mercerie. This material is absolutely soft, luscious, and drapey, making it a great option for Joy.


There's a generous 3/4" seam allowance on the seam between the front and back sleeve pieces to allow for shoulder shaping.


I used 2-way jacket zippers on both my samples since A) I'm shorter than the height the jacket is drafted for and liked the length of my muslin and B) I like being able to keep the jacket zipped up on top without it pulling or bunching when seated.


My lining is a bold cotton lawn also sourced from La Mercerie. Prepare yourself for gratuitous pics on the teal floor. #sorrynotsorry


What's really great about Joy is that while it's a stylish jacket with great details, it won't literally take you years to sew one for yourself (as I've heard some anoraks take that long to make).


Ok. Enough awkward modeling. Here's the fun part that you showed up for-

I've got a copy of the Joy Jacket pattern to give away and because I ended up with several zippers (having ordered from multiple sites in order to get them on time for the testing deadline), I'm adding 2 zippers to the prize! These zippers are 28 inches, the length recommended for sizes 8-18.


Enter to win a copy of the pattern and two 28" jacket zippers through the Rafflecopter below- 

Don't worry, I still have 4 zippers for myself and I've already got fabric set aside for 2 more Joys! (I heard to expect a sew along soon. ;) )

  Burgundy rayon twill  from La Finch Fabrics and cotton lawn Hangers in Cream by Rashida Coleman-Hale (Cotton and Steel)

Burgundy rayon twill from La Finch Fabrics and cotton lawn Hangers in Cream by Rashida Coleman-Hale (Cotton and Steel)

 Navy rayon twill (sold out) from La Finch Fabrics and rayon Frock 2015 (Cotton and Steel)

Navy rayon twill (sold out) from La Finch Fabrics and rayon Frock 2015 (Cotton and Steel)


Check out all the Joy on IG-



Hooray! It's finally here!

Pattern testing for the Origami Sweater by Misusu Patterns began back in November of 2017. At the time of the tester call, we didn't know that Elles' incredible design would be the cover look for One Thimble 18.  It was hard keeping this secret for so long, so it's even more exciting to finally get to share.

Origami is a unique and very creative children's wear design made to be sewn with knits. There's an optional kangaroo pocket for the sweater or dress lengths. 


I had a lot of fun playing with stripes on my version and used a contrasting rib for the inside of the collar.


That pieced neckline is just ....pick a word- stupendous, amazing, incredible. 


If Elles' work is new to you, she has several free patterns you can try. There's also a Misusu Patterns Sew & Tell FB group for support, inspiration, and showing off your makes.


The striped floral knit, Paparounes Crimson, is by Art Gallery Fabrics and is one of my all time favorites. It wasn't until I went to get modeled pictures of the sweater that I found the coordinating leggings I had made the year before in my daughters drawer. Sew perfect!


Origami includes sizes 9-12m- 13/14y, but I'm hoping Elles will make an adult version for us. Don't you want one for yourself now too?

I'll leave you with some more Origami Sweater inspiration from Instagram. Thanks for stopping by!

Hidden Kangaroo Pocket for Halifax


A few folks asked for a tutorial on how I achieved the pocket after I shared my new favorite sweatshirt, so today I'm showing you how to create a simple hidden kangaroo pocket for the Halifax pattern (Hey June).

halifax E.JPG

I had recently made 3 View Es of Halifax. It started with trying to recreate the hi-lo hem on the newly released Sunday Everyday (Ensemble Patterns). 

I think it worked out fine, but anyway! Back to the pocket, Loni. Focus.


First, make a copy (by printing another one or tracing the original) of the Halifax's front panel, and cut it to the height of the pocket pouch you desire. My pocket panel pattern piece is about 10 inches long on the angled side seam. Scoop out a shallow pocket opening in the middle of the side seam, preserving about 2 inches of the original side seam above and below the opening. 

You'll be using this new pattern piece to cut a pocket facing and a pocket lining. The pocket facing has the curved openings and the lining is cut straight, without any openings.

Take your main front panel (folded) and lay your new template over. Then cut out the pocket openings.


Also cut a pocket facing with pocket openings and a pocket lining (red) without the openings. If you are using a light weight knit, you may want to interface the wrong side of the pocket facing to give the pocket a little stability. I used ponte for this example and a quilted knit for my original design so I did not interface those pieces.


Place the front panel and pocket facing right sides together. Sew or serge along the pocket opening curves (essentially between pins here).


Flip the pocket facing so the front panel and the facing are now wrong sides together. Press. Top stitch the pocket opening curves.


Lay the pocket lining over the pocket facing, right sides together. Sew or serge along the top straight edge, keeping the main front panel out of the way.


That is it, my friends! 


You may like to baste or pin the 3 layers together along the sides and bottom to avoid shifting while you assemble the rest of your Halifax as per the pattern instructions.


You Only Turn 38 Once

Hey! It's my birthday!

I'm 38.


Now you only turn 38 once, so I asked my favorite fabric enabler if she might like to make my birthday extra special this year. Boy, oh boy, did she deliver! So just because it's my birthday, we're having a fabric party. There's no cake, just fabric.

(Fun fact: I don't even like frosting.)

If you already know and love LA Finch Fabrics, you may skip to the bottom to collect your party favors. If need to join the Finch Addicts Club, read on. 

Now, there should be no doubt that LA Finch Fabrics is my favorite fabric source. I've been ordering from them since 2015 and practically all my apparel fabric comes from Josie and The Finch Team. Josie scoops up some really great overstock from the LA Fashion District. This means she's rescuing unused fabric from suffering the sad fate of languishing in giant warehouses of orphan textiles. It also means that you get an incredible price because often overstock fabric is sold off by commercial designers at very low prices since they have no use for their overage (think commercial destash). Ultimately, it means every time you buy from LA Finch Fabrics you're doing a good deed and adopting such fabric is on par with rescuing kittens and puppies from shelters. If you rescue enough fabric, you become an actual saint.* La Finch Fabrics also offers fabric from major manufacturers, namely Robert Kaufman and Telio (aka seriously good stuff).

*maybe I'm stretching here, but I'm not taking any chances that buying fabric might get me brownie points in heaven

 Big stack of LA Finch. I might have a lot of such stacks in my fabric library.

Big stack of LA Finch. I might have a lot of such stacks in my fabric library.

Some favorite LA Finch makes from the past year-

And some yummy stuff I'm currently lusting after. 

 Rayon twill in beige, navy, and bordeaux. These would be great for the Chalk and Notch  Joy Jacket currently in testing .

Rayon twill in beige, navy, and bordeaux. These would be great for the Chalk and Notch Joy Jacket currently in testing.

 Black stretch denim. I'm thinking  Ginger Jeans .

Black stretch denim. I'm thinking Ginger Jeans.

 Black and grey striped rayon spandex. Great basic tee such as the  Union .

Black and grey striped rayon spandex. Great basic tee such as the Union.

 Charcoal melange double knit. It also comes in mustard. This fabric wants to grow up to be some cozy sweaters, maybe the new  Sunday Everyday Sweater .

Charcoal melange double knit. It also comes in mustard. This fabric wants to grow up to be some cozy sweaters, maybe the new Sunday Everyday Sweater.

 Vintage floral crepe de chine. I'm gonna be honest. I'm not sure I can cut this one.

Vintage floral crepe de chine. I'm gonna be honest. I'm not sure I can cut this one.

I have mixed feelings about highlighting the end of bolts section of the site. These are my absolute favorite. Generous and very usable cuts (often 2-3 yards) of last chance goodies at really, really great prices.


Without any further ado, here's your party favor-

  *  Everybody must buy their own fabric    **Oprah does not sponsor or endorse this post.

*Everybody must buy their own fabric

**Oprah does not sponsor or endorse this post.

30% off at La Finch Fabrics!

It's only good for my birthday, today, January 30th, 2018.  


(Code is single use per account.)

You know you get free shipping if you spend $75, right?

And because Josie is the most generous fabric peddler around, she's offering one $25 gift card too! This is the kind of frosting I can get behind. To enter the gift card giveaway, use the rafflecopter below, leaving a comment on this post telling us which LA Finch Fabrics you've got the heart eyes for. Giveaway runs now until midnight (Eastern) on February 5th, 2018.

Thanks for celebrating my birthday with an LA Finch Fabrics party!

I made JEANS!

I finally made jeans! You know because it's a new year and everybody is ambitiously getting after their goals. And it's infectious. So I finally sewed the Birkins pattern I purchased nearly 2 years ago.

The Birkin Flares were bundled in the Indiesew Spring 2016 collection along with the Florence Kimono (check!), Lou Box Top (check!), Sanibel (not yet), and Rushcutter (check!). Like I said, I'm just almost exactly 2 years behind. (I have been meaning to go back and revisit the Rushcutter. I made one for a friend and it might have been my first attempt at French seams, because I remember it took what felt like an eternity to sew.)

Focus, Loni. We're here for the jeans.

Right. So I wear skinny jeans. But 2 years ago, before I could barely follow a sewing pattern, I purchased that spring collection. So while I would probably pick the Ginger jean pattern if I were to buy a pattern today, I thought I ought to at least sew the Birkins. Maybe I'd find out that jeans are too complicated to either construct or fit, maybe both! And it would be silly to spend another $14 to find that out. So my first pair of jeans were Birkins.

I had heard you might expect to make several muslins before getting the fit right, so I bought stretch denim from Raspberry Creek Fabrics in August 2017 and then again in late November.  (They still have some great options, but the listings for the varieties I purchased seem to be expired.) And I had the pattern cut out for probably all of December and there they sat half under the cutting table for weeks.


My body measurements had put me in a solidly in size 30 and I had chosen to cut size 29 based on the finished measurements, the expected amount of negative ease, and the experience of a friend with the same measurements.

It took  a bit more encouragment from that same sewing friend and another one to get me to actually cut the denim. The pattern explains there's 3 approaches to making a muslin, and really all you need to do is baste the fronts, backs, yokes, and pocket facings together to get reasonable idea of the fit. 

And it wasn't so bad!


Just a few seams and JEANS. I mean there's no fly, pockets or waistband, but close enough right? I tried them on and they were surprisingly a very decent fit. The one potential issue I saw was a small gape at the top of the yoke. I hadn't basted on a waistband, so I was hoping that would help, but this is a common fit issue I have with ready to wear pants too. If the hips and thighs fit, the waist has a gape in the back.

So I cut out the other essentials.


Following the assembly instructions, the back comes together first. This was my first experience using a heavy top stitch thread. You need a top stitch needle (which has a large eye) to accommodate the thick thread. There's room for improvement, of course!


And then the fronts. You're looking at my first real fly!


Instead of tracing the fly template onto the fabric, I just pinned it on and followed the edge of the paper closely. After the outside line of stitching was complete, I stitched a parallel line just inside. This worked well for me.

Pulling the teeth on the zipper to shorten it is kinda fun too. I think the right pliers help. Get yourself some needle nose pliers for this job. I took 7 teeth out of each side (14 total) to clear the 5/8" seam allowance.


And then I ripped all the bar tacks out to put contrasting, red, ones in.


Test out that buttonhole! Your machine might not agree to using top stitch thread for it. Mine certainly said NO to that. My compromise was using 2 threads of regular construction thread,


I used a scrap of leather to add a tag. It was a swatch of leather from ordering a couch! 

 A few little sewing machines for flair.

A few little sewing machines for flair.

I left off the belt loops since I never wear belts.


Sadly, my fly gapes a bit when worn. But it's not enough to keep me from wearing them, though and I wore them for 2 days straight right away. I just style them with a layering tank anyway.

 Top is a  Matcha Top  in challis (bias cut)

Top is a Matcha Top in challis (bias cut)

I'm 5'5" and I ended up taking 4" inches (2" above the knee and 2" below) off the total length because I thought they were 6" too long. Seems I was too aggressive there. I'll only take 3" off next time. To compensate for my mistake, I added a hem facing to finish this pair.

 Top is a  Lou Box Top  in challis

Top is a Lou Box Top in challis


Overall, I'd say these are a sewing win. Lots of sewing firsts and plenty of experience gained. The actually sewing isn't that difficult, so don't let that intimidate you. I certainly grew to love the flared silhouette even though it's not a style I typically gravitate toward. (I'll probably pick up the Ginger jeans pattern next time I see it on sale.) And the fit issue I noticed was the same one I have with rtw. I will definitely be sewing more jeans for myself!

Sewing Biscayne

Sewing buddy Jen, @makerheart, and I had recently decided we wanted to do some sewcial sewing, picking a fabric we both had in our stash and inviting folks to share in sewing the same fabric with us; #LetsSewThisTogether was born. We both purchased Art Gallery rayon in Winterberry Pine after fondling it in person at Sew To Speak in Columbus on a sewing meet-up. (There are a lot more details I could share this but I'm thinking it's a topic for another blog post, maybe!) Anyhow, I picked the Biscayne pattern by Hey June and Jen picked another pattern. 


Biscayne released in 2015 and had been in my #2017makenine grid. When the calendar changed to 2018, it was still on my "patterns I own but haven't sewn" list. #theshame


Before I actually tackled Biscayne, I made a Carrie Cardigan using double brushed poly in a teal to coordinate. It was a sewcrastination ploy; I was sweating the sizing on Biscayne.


Those are the 2 big hurdles in getting started sewing; sizing and fabric. Since I had already picked the fabric before the pattern, I was really sweating the sizing. I'm 5'5" with 37" full bust, 30" waist, and 40" full hip, so I was initially tempted to sew a L. I asked for sizing help in the HJ FB group but it was Terri Odd's blog post on her Biscayne that really helped me decide which size I wanted to cut, especially since I'm a rather lazy sewist and seldom make a true muslin. I ended up cutting a S, and grading out to the M at the hem (though I'm usually more of a M to L). There's loads of ease in this design which you can see reflected in the finished measurements chart.


There's an option for a patch pocket or a welt. I thought this might be the first time I sewed a welt.


And then I waffled with cutting it down to a simple patch. But spoiler alert- I skipped the pocket options altogether (like I very often seem to do) because I didn't want a pocket to interfere with the drape of the rayon on my blouse.

Biscayne features a hidden button placket. I've done a few other types of plackets before, but this specific style was new to me. The origami was fun (read: slightly mind boggling), but it really wasn't all that complicated. There does seem to be a full sew along for this blouse, but I didn't notice it until writing this post.


Anyhow, I ended up using a little tape to keep my placket pieces in place for stitching (and removing it right after). I think it came out rather nicely.


I didn't have any other new obstacles. The French seams, neckline, and bias binding are standard stuff.

That's not to say I didn't use my seam ripper. I certainly did. I think a small section of facing got caught when I was attaching the collar... even though the instructions specifically warn against doing just that. Yup.


Nice, clean finishing throughout.


Look at the drape! Nom.


While cutting a S for my bust really made me anxious, you can see there's still plenty of ease through the upper chest. I could probably even do an XS next time (grading to a S or M at the hem).


The placket came out virtually invisible with those wooden buttons hidden inside. 


And here's the full winter look. When I was working professionally, sleeveless blouses were a huge portion of my wardrobe. They are great in all seasons since they layer effortlessly and as such work well under white coats.


Bottom line- I would sew Biscayne again, though I'd probably go down one more size in the bust. A woven top really doesn't need to have much ease when it's sleeveless.

Lastly, I wish I could say the jeans are me made. These are my favorite ready to wear pair, but I've been baby-stepping my way to sewing jeans and recently took the plunge and muslined some Birkins. More to come on that new sewing adventure!

One Year (Maybe) Blogiversary

Maybe Blog turns 1 today! And true to form, my posting has been sporadic. Nevertheless, having published 24 blog posts in 2017, I averaged 2 per month. Not too bad for a maybe blog. :) 

Anyhoozle, plenty has changed in my sewing space since my first post, Studio Tour, so I'm repeating a tour today. Maybe it will become an annual tradition to start the year with a tour. We'll see!

It's fun to compare then and now, so I suggest you take a quick peak at the innugural space tour and note how clean it was. It looks positively desolate to me. Then, hold on to your seam rippers. I am posting un-staged, raw, unfiltered or edited pics.

Come on up.


The space is the 3rd floor/finished attic of our home. Being an old house, the door doesn't latch properly so there's hooks and eyes on both sides of the door to keep it closed. I've only been accidentally locked in once. You might almost be able to appreciate the ombré effect of snipped threads that cascade down the stairs.


This is my main spot. I was able to upgrade my first machine, a Brother SE400, to this Juki DX-2000QVP about a month ago. This new beauty and I are still getting to know each other. After sewing on one machine for 3 years, I've got some muscle memory to reprogram.

There's a handy spot to safely hold beverages because #sewingbeer. Credit for that space upgrade goes to Lauren. Cheers, Stitching Friend!

Nothing new over at the other desk. Still just a basic Brother serger here (DZ 1234), though I very seriously considered getting a Juki cover stitch machine. So far I'm doing fine hemming with twin needles, so I'm holding off for now.

This wall is where my Stitch Happens piece is gonna have to go, that is should I ever get around to putting the back on and quilting it and such. It's bigger than the clothes pin lets on.


There's a spot under the serging table where my sister spilled some wine when she visited in the fall. I won't be trying to clean those stains. And that cone of thread is on the floor because the baby just knocked it down.

 My sister was here.

My sister was here.


Over to the ironing board. There's where Stitch Happens is actually hanging out right now. She's under that stack of knits. And yes. This is scorch central. I've heard washing helps with the toasted look, but I have yet to give it a go.


And here's ye ole stash, er, fabric library. I really love the open shelving. Sure beats the big plastic bins I was stashing in before. While they were clear, it really was hard to access the fabric and I used to make an enormous mess looking for stuff. 


The baby is over a year now. A toddler. She is very uninterested in spending any time in a playpen no matter how spacious and is able to escape. I ought to take it down, but it does slow her down a wee bit still.

 Pure chaos.

Pure chaos.

 Thanks, kid. 

Thanks, kid. 

This corner is the doing of the middle child, the threenager if I may. She really enjoys mommy's sewing room and she's allowed to play with unwanted scraps and such. She hides my wonder clips and scissors and whatever else she fancies. I mostly stay out of her zone, unless I need my wonder clips back.


The cutting table is always shrinking, but at least it's raised to a height that's no longer back-straining. (Consider treating yourself to some risers if your cutting table is too low.) 


Tina, the world's most agreeable model, is new. I love her. She was purchased from a local retiring LLR peddler. Best $25 or $30 I spent in 2017. Tina is wearing Art Gallery Fabrics Winterberry Pine rayon. At the time I was preparing this post, my sewing friend Jen, @makerheart, and I were doing on a virtual sewing get together. We picked a fabric we both already owned to sew up however we liked, sharing on IG as we worked. The tag is #letssewthistogether if you want to join us. (This topic deserves its own post. Pardon the digression!) 

The giant safety pin is new too. Those come as a 2 pack from Amazon, if you can't live without them either.


There's the Birkin flares I'm avoiding cutting because I'm afraid of fitting pants.  ETA- I made the Birkins!


And here's a pile of denim slated for all the muslins I was cautioned are necessary in order to get a good fitting pair of jeans.


A lovely IG-worthy shot. I'll show you what's just outside the frame.

I love the look of the barn wood, but I have to be careful not to rub against it. I guess it shouldn't come as a surprise that it's dirty!


Pattern pieces and suitcases abound.

And the opposite wall is off season clothing storage. The closets throughout the house leave much to be desired as far as storage goes, which I think is pretty typical of home from the late 1800's; we don't even have an entryway coat closet.

 The big white box is my wedding dress.

The big white box is my wedding dress.


Of course there's a mend pile I'm ignoring. I'm guessing I'll sew the new yardage underneath it before I actually do the mending, but we shall see.

I think that's about it. It's amazing what staging and cropping can do to make one's photos "instagram-worthy" but I really love seeing the real, air-brush not included state of creative spaces. I'm excited to see where the second year of haphazard blogging will take us. Thanks for stopping by! 

2017 Sewing Firsts

I put together a top ten list of sewing firsts or notable milestones from my 2017 sewing experiences. Click through the photos for more details on each.


First Blog Post

 January 11, 2017 was the date of my first published blog post. It's a studio tour and it looks absolutely empty now, 1 year later! I guess I bought a little fabric that year. (Updated tour   here .)

January 11, 2017 was the date of my first published blog post. It's a studio tour and it looks absolutely empty now, 1 year later! I guess I bought a little fabric that year. (Updated tour here.)


First Invisible Zipper

 Invisible zippers are one of those things that sound so scary. And then you try it and woa. Not that bad!  Tic Tac Toes dress pattern by sewpony

Invisible zippers are one of those things that sound so scary. And then you try it and woa. Not that bad! Tic Tac Toes dress pattern by sewpony


First FPP

 Foundation Paper Piecing is loads of fun. Fits with my MO nicely.

Foundation Paper Piecing is loads of fun. Fits with my MO nicely.


First Flat Fell Seams

 I pretty much had no idea what a flat fell seam was before. Now I'm smitten.

I pretty much had no idea what a flat fell seam was before. Now I'm smitten.


First Guest Blog Post

 Mallory of SewHere asked me to share the details on my EasyT with a knit back! I felt like a sewlebrity!

Mallory of SewHere asked me to share the details on my EasyT with a knit back! I felt like a sewlebrity!


First Fabric Tour

 Lotte Martens fabric and first time working with cork in one project.

Lotte Martens fabric and first time working with cork in one project.

 Senna Tote pattern by LBG Studio

Senna Tote pattern by LBG Studio


First Drafting Lesson

 I learned about drafting a top, EasyT, based on body measurements. Very enlightening!

I learned about drafting a top, EasyT, based on body measurements. Very enlightening!


First Fabric Dying


First Branded Labels


First Pattern Test for Chalk and Notch

 Testing Fringe for Gabriela was such a pleasure. She's extremely organized and detail oriented. (Modified  Fringe )

Testing Fringe for Gabriela was such a pleasure. She's extremely organized and detail oriented. (Modified Fringe)

Ok. It's actually a top 13 list as there's 3 bonus firsts that follow. #whoscounting


First Underwear Sewing

 Free pattern by Shwin Designs. I've since made underwear for 2 other family members. 

Free pattern by Shwin Designs. I've since made underwear for 2 other family members. 


First Indiesew Collection Fully Sewn



Ok. It was a mini collection, but I sewed them all. I can't say that for the other collections I've bought.


First Strike-off Sewing

 Twist by  Nina Zabal

Twist by Nina Zabal

I'm hoping to challenge myself with more sewing firsts in 2018. On the list for things to try are making jeans, sewing welt pockets, and giving bra-making a shot.