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  • (I Can’t Believe I Made) Silk Velvet Pants + Adrienne Blouse

    (I Can’t Believe I Made) Silk Velvet Pants + Adrienne Blouse

    I want to start out by saying that these pants are very imperfect, and I know it. I don’t say that to denigrate my skillset or self aggrandize or anything, but rather to serve as proof for any other sewists out there that things don’t have to be perfect for us to enjoy them, for […] Continue >

  • Bare Mag and The Matthew Aaron Show

    I did an interview for Bare Magazine and made them a quarantine diary with Claire’s help! I’m not practiced at all in the art of producing or editing videos, but this ended up being a pretty fun project, and perhaps even more importantly, sucking up a whopping 6 hours of my time! I am thankful […] Continue >

  • Grace

    Hi all! I meant to publish this on my birthday last week but I totally forgot, lol! This essay was originally published on the Welcome To What We Are blog and now I’m sharing here for my own followers. Thanks so much for reading! Grace I was 9 years old when *Anna Finch, arguably the […] Continue >

  • A Short Story

    A Short Story

    This blog post is coming to you from my personal queerantine! Times are pretty terrifying and stressful and unprecedented for many of us who have had the privilege of living lives absent of large-scale chaos such as what the Coronavirus has introduced, but I have witnessed and experienced such profound moments of beauty during this […] Continue >

  • My Judi Dench Coat

    My Judi Dench Coat

    WOOHOO! How y’all doin?? If you follow me on instagram, you know how…special…my experience with CATS the movie was. I’m not here to argue with anyone about whether or not CATS was good. I have been around long enough to know that art doesn’t have to be good to be entertaining, and I was NOTHING […] Continue >

  • A Camel Overcoat

    A Camel Overcoat

    This particular make was the source of a lot of interesting conversations on my instagram a couple months ago, and it all started with curating my closet and defining my color palette. In culling a wide assortment of beautiful looks on pinterest to get a better understanding of my style goals, I found myself coming […] Continue >

  • Hampton Jean Jacket

    Hampton Jean Jacket

    I have never been on the jean jacket train because I have never owned a jean jacket that I loved. I had a couple of RTW ones when I was younger, but they were either gigantic on me or too short or the sleeves were too long (I am almost positive that I owned a…

  • Whitewashing NOLA

    Whitewashing NOLA

    I made this skirt a while ago, and honestly there isn’t much to it. It’s a self drafted dirndle skirt, one long skinny rectangle sewed onto a longer and wider rectangle with gathering on one side- about the easiest garment you can make. What is significant about this make is the fact that it was…

  • Coming To America

    Coming To America

    It is embarrassing how long it took me to put this little number together- I think from start to finish two and a half years passed between the skirt and the top! But better late than never, right? I made this wrap skirt from a vintage 70’s pattern (Butterick 6809) that I saw on someone…

  • Ch-ch-ch-changes

    Ch-ch-ch-changes

    A couple of months ago I was in my craft room, all dolled up, taking photos for this blog. I had planned on using the day to get several makes photographed so that I could post them over the next several weeks, and I was OVER IT. I don’t like taking photos of myself- lately…

  • Bra Turned Bodice in Golden Green and Ombre

    Bra Turned Bodice in Golden Green and Ombre

    This make is not perfect, but I am really proud of it, because I went on a REALLY long journey with it before I ended up where I did, and even though it’s so different than what I initially envisioned, it came out much better than I anticipated. I got the gorgeous gold and white…

  • Turia Dungarees in Yellow Linen

    Turia Dungarees in Yellow Linen

    I made these overalls once before in a shorter version, and they have been a warm weather staple for me ever since. On a whim I decided to make another pair,  full length this time, and in a really fun color. Initially I was going for pink or mauve twill, but after I hopped into…

  • Nick

    It is Monday morning in Los Angeles and the traffic is bad and I am in a Lyft on my way to the airport and I know for absolute certain that I am going to miss my flight. It’s my fault. It has been an excruciating week and in my frenzy to prepare for this…

  • The Jessica Dress

    The Jessica Dress

    As soon as I saw Mimi G wearing her newest SewSewDef pattern, the Jessica Dress, on her instagram feed, I was in LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOOOOOVE. This is one of those patterns that I have lowkey been searching for for the longest, to no avail. I have seen lot’s of comparable patterns, but nothing…

  • A Homemade Bro for My Girl

    View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jasika Nicole (@jasikaistrycurious) I won’t spend much time educating anyone here on all the details of what a binder is- if you’re unfamiliar and want to learn more, google is your friend! But in short, a binder (or a “bro” as my wife likes to call…

  • Suits Me, the Refashioners 2017 Challenge!

    Suits Me, the Refashioners 2017 Challenge!

    Well, bless it! The sewing community has come through again with a rush of encouragement, appreciation, and smoke blown up my bum, this time in the form of an invitation to join the illustrious Refashioners Blog Tour! For those unfamiliar, the refashioners take on an annual challenge of refashioning some specific type of garment into…

  • A Clog Post

    A Clog Post

    What is it with the sewing community and puns/wordplay? I’m not complaining, I love it (clearly), but I wonder why it’s so prevalent? Must have to do with the collective level of intellect sewist’s tend to have 😉 Today’s post is all about shoes! Even though at this point I make shoes several times a…

  • Vogue: 0 Me: 1; A Tale of Two Cut Outs

    Vogue: 0 Me: 1; A Tale of Two Cut Outs

    It wasn’t just the cut outs that pushed this make into WTF territory, it was the armholes, too, but I am getting ahead of myself… I was inspired to make this older (I think it’s out of print but it’s not vintage) Vogue 8900 pattern after seeing it on Ada Spragg’s instagram and falling in…

  • That Rachel Comey Dress

    That Rachel Comey Dress

    Everybody loves Rachel Comey and everybody loves Vogue 1501, but it took me a really long time to jump on the bandwagon. I appreciate Rachel Comey’s designs across the board, but I don’t think that they often suit me and my style. At first glance, some of the designs are just a little too out-there…

  • Floral Play Suit

    Floral Play Suit

    This suit has been a long time coming! I first envisioned it in my head over a year ago when I went to a screening/talk-back of our film Suicide Kale (have I mentioned lately that you can watch it on Amazon Prime and itunes now??) One of the super talented actors in our cast, Haley,…

  • Fit For A Costa Rican Wedding

    Fit For A Costa Rican Wedding

    Recently released, the summery Vogue 9253 immediately caught my eye (and the eyes of a whole bunch of other sewists)! I love the sexy slit down the front of the dress paired with the fairly modest coverage everywhere else. With billow-y sleeves and a paneled skirt that gently flares out, ending at the shins, I…

  • Kalle Shirt

    Kalle Shirt

    I initially thought I would only make the Kalle shirt dress from the Closet Case pattern when it came out (as seen here), but as soon as I saw the photos of the model in the white cropped Kalle shirt, I was obsessed with that look, too. This is not a silhouette I wear often,…

  • Sequins of Events: THE SEQUIL

    Sequins of Events: THE SEQUIL

    This shiny animal print fabric had been at The Fabric Store for quite a long time before I finally felt brave enough to give it a try, and that was only because I had successfully completed this sequinned dress first. It’s so different than the black and gold reversible fabric I had used before and…

  • More Flints

    More Flints

    I’m not sure if I have ever made as many versions of a pattern in quick succession as I have the Flint pants/shorts deisgn by Megan Nielsen. I made them up the first time shortly after the pattern had been released and had arrived in my mailbox (I already had my pretty cotton silk from The Fabric…

  • Kielo Wrap Dress: Take 37

    Kielo Wrap Dress: Take 37

    Ok, ok, I have not made this pattern 37 times, but I feel like I’ve made it a lot and the truth is that I have never been completely happy with it. My first version is here where I was given some beautiful fabric from Girl Charlee with which to sew it up. I loved…

  • A Sequins of Events

    A Sequins of Events

    Y’all! I did it! I successfully sewed with sequins, and it kicked my ass just as much as working with velvet for the first time. But I saw it through to the end! Who cares if it took me two months to complete what is one of THE simplest patterns in my entire stash? I FINISHED IT,…