• Self Drafted: Rifle Paper Dress

    July 9, 2019 by

    This last year, I made a lot of health and life style changes. As a part of that, my body has changed quite a bit. In the winter, it was not a very big deal from a wardrobe stand point, but come summer the lack of sleeves made it very obvious things did not fit.… Read more

  • By Hand London: Charlotte Skirt

    July 9, 2019 by

    I am a sucker for a pencil skirt. Always have been, might always be. They are just so sensual and elegant and impracticable, that they are hard to resist. They work for so many occasions and you can dress them up or dress them down. I have tried many different pencil skirt patterns over the… Read more

  • The Lace Trench Coat Part 4: Construction and Details

    February 13, 2019 by

    After I got all 108 pieces (yes 108!) cut out, underlined and interfaced, things began looking more like a coat. Marfy patterns do not have any instructions, or seam allowances and limited markings. They are a “challenging sew”. They are the most magnificent patterns I have ever used, but they are not a lunch time… Read more

  • The Lace Trench Coat Part 3: The Layout and Interfacing

    October 29, 2018 by

    I finally received all my fabrics for this project today and I am so excited I could burst. After a quick prewashing and drying, I began my next steps. This is where all the planning starts to take shape. Cutting each piece was time consuming for sure. There ended up being 108 separate pieces with… Read more

  • The Lace Trench Coat Part 2: Fitting the Toile

    October 24, 2018 by

    I started down this trench coat adventure knowing that I was going to be challenged. It wasn’t until I was trying to layout and identify the pattern pieces until I realized just how extra this project was going to be. It took about 10 minutes to just work through the pattern pieces. I was planning… Read more

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