Completed Projects



  • Regency Spencer
  • Seamwork Hayden
  • Lyocell Alder Dress
  • McCalls 7431
  • Grainline Hadley
  • Black Denim Lander Shorts
  • Tilly and the Buttons Miette
  • Grainline Linden


  • True Bias Southport Dress


150 142 143 141 145 144 147 149 148     124 123 122  Crinoline Petticoat Navy Floral Dress Two Hour Tulip Purse Denver Sweatshirt


107 Circle Skirt and Cropped Sweatshirt Sparkly Morris Blazer Sleeveless Popover Archer Paprika Patterns Onyx Shirt Hack Sparkly Box Pleat Skirt The Refashioners 2015 The Refashioners 2015 Papercut Patterns Clover Dress 110 Rayon Scout Tee Knit Scout Tee Beach Cover Up Sew Liberated Esme Top Sew Liberated Myla Tank  Side Cut Out Dress version 3 109 Blank Slate Patterns Oceanside Shorts Blank Slate Patterns Juniper Jersey Side Cut Out Dress Version 2 Side Cutout Dress Version 1






2011 and earlier:

Finished Ballet Dress from my Sew-along

Vogue 1170 Skirt

Striped Pencil Skirt – Butterick 5466

Sleeve Experiments – Simplicity 2956

First Coat of the Season – Simplicity 4109

Rorschach Blazer – self-drafted/pattern frankenstein

Colette Macaron

Ballet Dress Pattern Version 2.0

Ballet Dress

Pink Flounce Top – Simplicity 2554

Swiss Dot Sheer Blouse – Simplicity 2610

Plaid Built By Wendy Top – Simplicity 4111

The Accidental Crop Top – self-drafted

Forest Green Knit Dress – self-drafted

Craziest Fabric Ever – McCall’s 5388

Easy Yellow Shirt – Simplicity 1969

A sewing first: Leggings! – McCall’s 6173Pink Scalloped Skirt

Stand Up Oil Cloth Zipped Pouch – with short tutorial on making a stand up bottom bag

Stash Bustin’ Summer Tank Top

Oil Cloth Wallet

Loose Fit Knit Top with Cuffed Sleeves – with pattern!

Flow-y Floral Summer T-shirt – self drafted/altered

Scarf with trim

Simple Green T-shirt

Tank Top #2 – McCall’s 5853

Summer tank top – McCall’s 5853

Recycled Denim Shorts – Simplicity 3850

Sewing with Slippery Fabrics – McCall’s 6354 Top

White raglan sleeve top – Simplicity 3835

Maxi Dress Done! – altered from Butterick 5489

Sparkly Linen Dress – New Look 6774

Blue Tunic – Simplicity 2191

Shorts! Better shorts! And Me-Made-June Day 16

Dress to Tunic Restyle and Me-Made-June Day 12

Me-Made-June Day 7 and 8 – McCall’s M5388 blouse

Me-Made-June Day 6 and a Restyle – baby doll dress to blouse restyle

Kicking off Me-Made-June a little late – plaid dress made by combining patterns

Cute Cocktail Dress Disaster – Burda 7514

70s Jeans – Vintage Pattern with Modifications

Dress to Skirt Restyle

Yellow Chevron Dress

Red Stripe Built By You Top – Simplicity 4111 (out of print)

Cynthia Rowley Denim Jacket – Simplicty 2250

Sewing Do-Over: Wrap Skirt to Button Front Skirt

Lisette Copy Dress – based on Simplicity 2209

Cynthia Rowley Botched Striped Dress – Simplicity 2250

Strapless Floral Dress – McCall’s M5849 (out of print)

Striped Shirt Restyle – with instructions on how I made it

Kite Day Shirt – Simplicity 2601

Paper Bag Skirt – Simplicity 2413

Lace Top T-Shirt – with tutorial!

Dia de los Walletwith downloadable pattern here!

T-shirt Mini Dresswith downloadable pattern!

One Shoulder Knit Dresswith downloadable pattern!

Regular Scarf to Infinity Scarf – with very simple tutorial!

Using Scraps: Elastic Waist Knit Skirt – with tutorial!

Brown Shorts – Simplicity 3850

Karen Cardigan – BurdaStyle Pattern

New Years Skirt – Colette Beignet

Two Piece Tunicwith downloadable pattern here!

Double Layer Skirt

Mad Men inspired shift dress

White Cynthia Rowley Top

Purple Flutter Sleeve Blouse

Sick Day – cute, simple handbag

Striped Tulip Skirt

Purple Floral Top

Floral Jersey Dress

Button Down Skirtwith downloadable pattern!

Super Simple Elastic Waist Skirt

Striped A-Line Skirtwith downloadable pattern!

Double Puff Sleeve Shoulder Shirtwith downloadable pattern!

First Dress of the Summer

Yellow Skirt

That Dress – random dress I made, with random Las Vegas pic to go with it

Cutting and Ironing and Stitching, oh my! – shirt and wrap skirt

Kids Clothing

Finally Finished – McCall’s 5613

Little Girl’s Dress #2 – McCall’s 6388

Little Girl’s Dress – BurdaStyle Magazine Oct 2011 Issue

Baby Size Button Down – Kwik Sew 3730

End of the Year Review!

Well, it’s the end of the year which means everyone does a summary of what we made this year. I really enjoy reading other people’s review posts I never actually did one of these for 2013, I think I thought about it but then it was almost the end of January and at that point I guess I figured it was too late.

But this year I’m going to do one of these posts. Let’s get started!

2014 Makes
I made about 30 items of clothing (not counting a couple unblogged pieces and costumes):

And this is where it gets surprising – when categorizing “hits” and “misses” most of these are clear hits and I don’t really have any big misses…


The only that immediately comes to mind is my Mathilde Blouse and only because of fabric choice. The pattern is great but the fabric I used really should have just been for a lining of a jacket rather than a shirt on it’s own. It wrinkles terribly (and I can’t steam out those wrinkles) and even though it is silk it just doesn’t look “nice,” ya know?

I still wear it occasionally but I definitely intend to try this one again in, say, a cotton voile.

TNT Patterns
Quite a few, it seems.

#1 Grainline’s Archer Shirt. I made three! And I wear them all the time.
#2 True Bias Hudson Pant. I made a plain black lounge-y pair and a “fancy” pair.
#3 Burdastyle Book Blouse. This is the third version of this shirt and it’s one of my faves.

Most Adventurous Makes
Definitely my experimental Cynthia Rowley Vlisco outfit. It’s pretty wild and crazy. And I know my Holly Jumpsuit seems tame in comparison but it’s still a bold move for me to wear a romper.

Favorite Dresses
It’s a hassle to get into because of those straps but my coral Cynthia Rowley dress is pretty sweet.

The white trim on my navy silk Flora Dress makes it win out over my other By Hand London dress I made this year (which had some crummy poly fabric that I didn’t end up liking).

And how could I forget my Breathless Dress? It also got the most pageviews of any make this year (thanks Tilly!). It’s absolutely a make I’m especially proud of.

Most Used Fiber
Cotton: 18
Silk: 3
Cotton/Silk Blend: 1
Linen: 1
Rayon: 4
Poly: 1
Blend/Mystery: 3

Knits vs Wovens
Knits: 9 (counting a couple unblogged)
Wovens: 24

Garment Type
Tops: 12
Bottoms: 5
Dresses: 10
Outerwear: 1
Rompers: 1
Weird matching set thing: 1

Most Worn
This one is tough because I wear nearly all of these makes often, weather permitting, with the exception of the “party dresses” and the psycadelic Vlisco outfit.

The most worn items are my casual ones like tops because I can wear them with jeans or shorts and my two mini skirts ’cause I can wear them when I can’t find my jeans or shorts.

It’s easier to talk about the least worn garments…

Least Worn

My cat, Peanut, ATE one of the tie strings off my Pintuck Sundress. Not all of it but now the string is way too short to wrap around to the front. I haven’t taken the time to fix it. I know I ought to have enough fabric left somewhere.

I gotta be honest… I forgot I made this dress. Does that ever happen to anyone else? Where the heck is it??? *rummages through drawers*

For some reason I just haven’t worn this dress that often. I think after making it the fabric feels too “party” for everyday wear.

Looking back I’m a little in shock. Nearly all of my makes this year were winners, that’s a first. None of these have been put in the “take to Goodwill” pile. I should pat myself on the back for this year.

The thing with this whole historical costuming business is that in order to have a full completed outfit you need so many details: corsets, petticoats, shifts, hair styling, accessories. It’s not just “the dress” and that’s what’s keeping me from showing off my costumes.


So far I have a completed Regency era outfit with undergarments.


Currently I have an 1840s dress that is *thisclose* to being finished but I need more petticoats (and maybe a wig?). I just finished one petticoat and I need at least two more. The dress itself came together quite quickly for being a big fancy dress.


I finished a Victorian corset which I showed in a decorated state to be used with this work-in-progress cosplay.

I also have a couple shifts (undershirts) from different eras and I’m working on a mid-late 18th century shift for an upcoming colonial era outfit.

Other Accomplishments and Fun

I got to meet some new lovely sewing friends and grew closer to some local gals. I did some pattern testing for By Hand London and Jolie Marie Louise. I participated in Sewing Indie Month. Attended Pattern Review Weekend here in Austin. Became part of the Blank Slate Sewing Team.

I’d say 2014 was a pretty good year for sewing! If I have any goals for next year I guess I want to ramp up the historical sewing and costuming. As for regular wardrobe sewing I’d like to make more everyday wearable dresses that I can just throw on in a pinch and feel comfortable in. Oh, and maybe finish that darn skirt pattern I’ve been working on and off with for months. 😉

Smuggler’s Daughter Giveaway!

***This giveaway is now closed***
Hey readers, today I’m excited to introduce my lovely sponsor Smugger’s Daughter and announce a giveaway!
Smuggler’s Daughter offers a great curated selection of high quality designer fabric; knits and wovens; organic, sustainable and recycled fabrics; beads; buttons; patterns, and even decorator weight fabric.
AND… Smuggler’s Daughter is offering two lucky winners each a $25 credit to their online shop!
Here are a few ideas of what you could sew with some of Smuggler’s Daughter’s lovely fabrics:

This gray rayon blend ponte from Eileen Fisher would make a stylish and comfy pair of True Bias Hudson Pants.

You could make a By Hand London Charlotte Skirt out of this beautiful big floral print by Sara Campbell and pair it with a plain black crop top and then rock that crop top+pencil skirt combo that’s so on trend right now.

How about a cute Closet Case Patterns Nettie bodysuit made with this awesome Betsey Johnson floral knit with a circle skirt?

This print from Theory is a silk and cotton blend. How soft would that be to wear? I’d make a Grainline Archer shirt and wear it all the time.

You can combine this beautiful teal sweater knit with the “Yucatan Nights” knit to make the Meridian cardigan from Imagine Gnats.

My fave is probably this cotton with a soft gray brushstroke pattern. It would make a lovely blouse I think.

And I have no idea what I’d sew with this vintage tattoo inspired print but it’s just too cool not to mention – and it’s 100% silk!

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1. Follow Smuggler’s Daughter on Facebook (or alternatively you can follow them on Pinterest, Twitter or Google+)
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I’ll pick two winners at 12pm CST on September 29th. Good luck!

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