A Domestic Manifest

I make things, then I write about them.

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: Audrey in Unst

Words cannot fully express how much I love this sweater. The yarn is gorgeous. Merino/silk blend from Sundara Yarn, in a gorgeous gray/taupe/purple sort of color called Smoke and Mirrors. The pattern is perfect. Simple without being boring, with thoughtful construction details and pretty architecture. It fits me super-well. It’s like sweater girl-meets-Sandman, and it matches nearly everything I own. The best part? I used up EVERY. LAST. BIT. of.. 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

It’s like finishing my taxes…

…which I can’t even really say, since for the past few years we’ve had a lovely and capable accountant take care of all that for us. But I am feeling a bit of a rush at the moment to SHOW YOU ALL THE THINGS! that were finished in 2015 and I never got around to blogging. Sound familiar? It’s pretty much my mission statement, I think. This post is going.. Read More

Finished Object: Mysa

Add another thing to the list that I’ve learned thanks to Brooklyn General: Pom Pom Quarterly. These lovely ladies put together a charming magazine every quarter, with some lovely patterns. This is my first go with one, a lovely, striped tunic by Norah Gaughan. I even worked it up in the recommended yarns, since we just happened to carry them at the store. I didn’t make any changes aside from knitting.. 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. 🙂 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: Bamboo BoySocks

Dedicated readers of the The Blog will know that I don’t often knit socks for the Husband-Dude. There are several reasons for this. One is that he doesn’t much like wool socks, so finding yarn that he likes for socks can be tricky. Another is that his feet are GINORMOUS, and thus making socks for him takes a really, really long time (comparatively speaking). And yet another is that I’m.. Read More