A Domestic Manifest

I make things, then I write about them.

WAS2016 Project #5: The Iris Shorts

Continuing on the pants-type theme I’ve got going, I made some shorts! These are Colette’s Iris Shorts (pattern is out of print but still available as a download) from Cotton + Steel’s amazing Les Fleurs collection, a collaboration with the Rifle Paper Co. The pattern was a piece o’ cake. I even went crazy and added single-welt pockets to the back because MOAR POCKETS ALWAYS. I flat-felled all the seams.. Read More

WAS2016 Project #3: Moji Pants

Well, I made my first pair of pants that weren’t pajamas. Though, in all fairness, these are pretty much pajamas. Fabric is Robert Kaufman’s linen chambray in a pretty denim-navy color. Pattern is the Moji Pant from Colette’s Seamwork magazine. I loved the way these were styled so much in the pattern photo I tried to replicate them as closely as possible… with a few big exceptions. After reading a.. Read More

Almada Robe

I think 2016 has become The Year of the Repeat for me. I’m reknitting a lot of sock patterns I’ve knitted before (not that you’d know that… I need to show you some socks, huh?), and remaking a lot of things I made once but didn’t get quite right. And this is another one. Savvy readers will recall that some time ago I made a bathrobe. I made it out.. Read More

Breakfast Fish, Vikings, and the Very Purple Dress

Longtime readers of the blog and knowers of me will be familiar with Maggie. So once upon a time in her junior year of high school, Maggie went to Sweden as an exchange student. She stayed with a lovely family, and promptly fell in love with their son. As doomed adolescent romances tend to go, she left and they split, but she kept in touch with him and the rest.. Read More

Playing Catch-up: Wardrobe Architect 2015!

Guys. I have so much stuff to show you. And in true me-form, I’m going to smoosh a bunch of them into one post to save time and money! (Well, not money. Money doesn’t really enter into the equation when you’re blogging about your passion projects for free. But still.) First, a little administrative update: as I am wont to do when whims strike, I rejiggered my plans for the.. Read More

Finished Object: Mesa Dress

From Colette’s Seamwork magazine, the Mesa Dress. Apt pairing of fabric and pattern? Methinks yes. Fabric is a rayon jersey I got from the same Craftsy sale as the tank dress from last summer. I’d had it earmarked for this specific pattern, and then (big shock) added this project to the Wardrobe Architect pile. It’s a simple shirtdress style, very comfy and good for wearing over leggings in the fall and winter… Read More

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

Travels With Myself and Veronica

Whew! It’s been a busy couple months around here, what with the Husband-Dude injuring 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