A Domestic Manifest

I make things, then I write about them.

Finished Object: Negroni

Guys. Almost 3 years after receiving the pattern and buying plaid with the intention of making this shirt for the Husband-Dude… IT IS FINISHED. And it wasn’t really that hard at all. While this is not the lovely Pendleton flannel I originally bought to make this happen (it’s still hanging out in the stash, though, so it’ll happen soon), it is truly a dream realized. This soft cotton version (in.. Read More

Finished Object: Bristol Skirt

Bristol…what a quickie. This was my first time making up a pattern from Colette’s offshoot Seamwork Magazine. All their patterns are intended to take under 3 hours to put together, and I can definitely say that’s the case for Bristol (not counting cutting, of course). I had this medium-weight cotton in stash from a Gorgeous Fabrics binge a couple years ago, and I thought the big, bold floral on black.. Read More

Finished Object: Spellbound Anna Dress

By Hand London’s ubiquitous Anna Dress, in the midi length with boat neck. I stitched it up in one of Cotton+Steel’s Spellbound prints, released for Halloween. I mean, it’s CROCHETED SPIDERWEBS, people. With spiders. SERIOUSLY. How could I not get this fabric? As you might infer from the witch hat perched atop it, I wore this for my Halloween costume to the store to hand out candy. But since I.. Read More

Finished Object: Clara Dress

Otherwise known as “The Octopod Dress.” I bought the fabric and notions for this at Brooklyn General right before I started working there (Cotton + Steel Mystery Food Cotton Lawn with brass buttons). It’s something of a joke that all the staff there purchased some of this fabric, so that the first bolt sold out before the customers even got to see it. ­čÖé My plan was to make this.. Read More

Wardrobe Architect 2015-16: It Begins.

You guys may have noticed that I like to make stuff. I especially like to make clothes, and especially clothes for myself. There are myriad reasons for this, from commitment to ethical production practices, to custom fitting, to just plain liking the process. Whatever the motivations, I am working hard to replace everything in my wardrobe with something I made. That may sound like a huge undertaking, and it is,.. Read More

Summer’s Last Gasp

It’s official, y’all. Summer’s over. But before it bit the dust, I managed to finish one last “summery” thing–this rayon jersey tank dress. Otherwise known as McCall’s 6347, this was an easy-peasy one to put together with the help of the lovely Veronica (my serger). I had to chop off quite a bit of length and width, as this is one of the patterns purchased before I really got into.. Read More

Finished Object: Wrap Pocket Tote

Procrastination, thy name is me. I finished a little shell top in a wool/silk/linen blend for summer that I want to put the pattern together for. So of course I’m doing everything BUT that. But for good purpose (sometimes)! My little sister is turning 13 in a few days, and I wanted to make her something fun to commemorate teenagerdom. Enter the Purl Bee’s Wrap Pocket Tote: Worked up with.. Read More

Finished Object: Mississippi Avenue #2

Yeah, I made another one. It’s just so comfy I couldn’t help it. Plus, dresses! I added some pockets, but other than that I worked this up exactly as directed by the pattern. I had this gingham in stash intended for another project, but as soon as I finished the blouse view, I reassigned it. I love this pattern. It’s simple, easy to wear, and quick. Perfect for summer. A.. Read More

Travels With Myself and Veronica

Whew! It’s been a busy couple months around here, what with the Husband-Dude┬áinjuring both his hands in a motorcycle accident, heading to New Mexico to make a movie, and starting New Awesome Job in earnest. Not to mention jaunts to the beach, the botanical garden, and exploring NYC’s forgotten borough, Staten Island. Things have been so busy, in fact, that I’m going to skip right over all of that and.. Read More

Sergin’

Several years ago, when cleaning out her Florida condo and consolidating her sewing machine armada, my Nanny Jo gave me a serger. Sergers, for those of you not intimately familiar with the sewing world and its many strange and terrible nuances, are used for overlocking. Overlocking is a very useful type of stitch for finishing raw edges of fabric so they don’t ravel; and, because it has a lot of.. Read More