A Domestic Manifest

I make things, then I write about them.

Finished Object: Mississippi Avenue

For those of you following along at home, I landed myself a part-time job. Both the up-and downside of this job? It’s a yarn and fabric store staffed by the loveliest and sweetest bunch of enablers you ever met. ūüôā To wit, I present the Mississippi Avenue blouse (view A of the pattern): I had this pretty gray and floral print fabric earmarked for Colette’s Hawthorn (again, the blouse view),.. Read More

Postcards from Peru

Last February, Neimah took a trip to Peru. As he is wont to do, because he is the best friend I ever had and knows me so very well, he brought me back souvenirs in the form of textiles. This particular trip yielded two large woven wool panels, a bag of clay beads, and some alpaca yarn. I have since discovered that I’m too sensitive to the alpaca to wear.. Read More

Finished Object: The Violet Blouse

Yup. I still make stuff. I finished this adorable little blouse yesterday evening. The pattern is Violet, from the inimitable Colette Patterns, with floral cotton voile from Elliott Berman Textiles (I love this shop so, so very much) and some plain black shirting from Gorgeous Fabrics (another favorite, recommended by Gertie). I completed version 2 with elbow-length sleeves gathered with elastic in a bias-tape channel. I decided to go with.. Read More

Finished Object: Tulip Blouse

Fair warning: I am insanely proud of this project. It may not look like much, but this little blouse is the product of my very. first. drafted. pattern. It all started with a Stitchfix box. I signed up for Stitchfix after a friend recommended it on Facebook. It’s a pretty neat service, actually, especially for people like me who loathe shopping with the fire of a thousand suns. You sign.. Read More

Finished Objects: Portrait Blouse and Pencil Skirt

As part of Me-Made May, I am attempting to increase the amount of me-made options in my closet instead of trying to put together a me-made outfit every day.¬† I’ve been a big fan of Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing for quite awhile, so it was a no-brainer that I would get her book when it came out. I’ve made the pencil skirt pattern before (unblogged, shame on me!) but.. Read More

New Tools, New Trade

Well, maybe not so new. But with a job that requires me to dress like a “grown-up” instead of in jeans and a t-shirt every day, I’ve discovered a new impetus and dedication for my sewing. And while this whirlwind of new projects has been a lot of fun, it’s been… difficult. You see, Nancy has been getting up in years, and she’s not used to working this much. Her.. Read More

Finished: The Little Black Dress

Nancy and I¬†are on a¬†roll, people.   My second finished item for the weekend? A little black dress. I finally own a classic LBD that I can dress up or down as the occasion¬†demands; that’s easy to roll up and take away and toss on any time I need to. It’s perfect. And best of all? It’s a knit! A gorgeous black wool jersey for the dress, and a stretch.. Read More

Finished: Butterick 5537 (View A, the Bathrobe)

Okay, lesson officially learned. DOWNLOADABLE PATTERNS: NOT EVEN ONCE. Especially not from the big three. Oy vey. Even before the horrendous, soul-sucking jigsaw puzzle that is assembling your pattern pieces from about a jillion pieces of 8.5×11″ paper, the PrintSew user experience is NOT one to write home about. Unless you really like to convey a sense of desperation and rage to the people at home, I guess. Anywho, I.. Read More

Finished: Vogue 1236, Misses’ DKNY dress with belt

Back in March, I made a dress-type thing:   I’m still in a bit of shock, really. It’s made from a textured striped Nanette Lepore cotton/lycra blend. It’s a stiff fabric with a lot of body, so I hope it settles a bit with wear. Right now when I sit down, my dress likes to hike up a bit. I didn’t, despite my excellent intentions, make a muslin for this.. Read More

Finished: Golightly

Well. Here we are. I made a dress. A pretty, vintage-inspired,¬†Mad Men-wannabe¬†Breakfast at Tiffany’s¬†dress. The pattern is Butterick 5603 (link), worked up in a gorgeous polyester taffeta I got at P & S Fabrics. The accent color you see (the pink) is actually the right side of the fabric, but I thought the darker color (and the more satin-like texture of the wrong side) was just gorgeous, and elected to.. Read More