Sewing Projects


A very exciting thing happened this summer. My girlfriend Anna has been bragging/raving about her family’s fabric store for years. Unfortunately said fabric store was in Winnipeg. For those of you unfamiliar with arcane Canadian geography, let’s just say that the ‘peg is is halfway to nowhere, smack dab in the middle of the country. Not really the kind of place I can jet off to so I can check out an entire room of dead vintage fabric stock, no matter how much I would like to. Their store has been in the family since the 40’s and for some reason they have a huge room filled with amazing vintage fabric. Anna had instagrammed a photo of one of the shelves and I had a melt down. She agreed to text shop for me. The next day, she walked around sending me photos of all their vintage cotton while I texted back “OMG THE ONE ON THE RIGHT”, “THE NEON PAISLEY 2ND FROM THE TOP” (all in caps and crying emojis). I ended up with 25 yds of pristine 60’s and 70’s cotton prints.

This happened.

Never mind that I was on a fabric buying moratorium. When your friend long distance text shops for you from the fabric store that time forgot, you don’t say no. You scream at your cell phone at work while your coworkers roll their eyes. And then you unpack a giant box a week later and dance around your apartment, draped in a psychedelic kaleidoscope of rainbow prints. OBVIOUSLY.

I knew right away how to dive into this pile of awesome. After admiring so many Sewaholic Lonsdales, I took the plunge and purchased the pattern this summer. I knew the pink and white geometric/floral print would be an inspired mash up.

It was.

Isn’t this print insane? I love it when geometric and floral prints explode and make trippy pink babies. The fabric itself was a nice sturdy cotton I double washed. I only had 3 meters and the Lonsdale calls for 4 so I got REALLY creative with my pattern piece layout. Obviously pattern matching wasn’t really an option given my fabric shortage but I’m pretty happy with the final placement.

(If anyone is ever in Winnipeg, Manitoba, be sure to stop by Mitchell Fabrics and explore the giant room of vintage fabrics!)



I cut a size 8 and it would have fit almost perfectly had I not made any adjustments. However, after my first fitting with the lining I took in a bit too much at the sides. This dress is kind of tricky to fit unless you make the whole thing up because of how the straps tie, and it turns out I didn’t need to take it in at all. When I tried the assembled bodice on I got major boob flatten-age. My only option was to minimize my seam allowance at the back zipper since I had already serged the seams. It’s still a little too snug in the bust but only I can really tell. Next time, I’ll make the straight size 8, although I may raise the waistband a little as it sits about 1″ below my natural waist and bunches enough to bother me.

Please ignore my very visible zipper. After messing with the seam allowance there and experimenting with a new method for inserting them it got a bit wonky. Seriously, it looks like the first zipper i ever installed. I was just so excited to wear this beauty I couldn’t be bothered to tear it out and try again.

I loooooooove this dress. It’s the most perfect summer frock and works at the office and picnics in equal measure. If autumn wasn’t looming in the not so distant future I’m sure I would be making another. It’s such a creative, innovative design and the way the straps attach to the bodice is pretty brilliant. Tasia, you’re a genius! (I’m pretty pumped to make my Sewaholic Cordova jacket this fall.)

Speaking of fall…I may or may not (um, definitely may) be planning a trip to NYC in September. I was about to place a huge online order at Mood before I realized it would really make more sense for me to just go down in person, right? Right??!! Please help me to justify the huge fabric binge I have planned…. My stash is pretty overflowing but I want to focus on pants and jeans as it cools down and I’m not really stocked with denim and wool. YET. Bwa haha.

I’m trying to stick to a resolution I made recently to hit NYC at least once a year… it’s so close and I have so many friends who live there it’s pretty ridiculous to not make the effort. The nice thing about having gone a number of times already is that I can skip the tourist stuff and not feel guilty about spending a whole day in the fabric district.

  • Sara in America

    LOVE this dress on you. i am so jealous of your vintage prints. xox

  • Lauren Taylor

    Those bold bright prints are so perfect for that pattern. Work it, girl!

    I’m so jealous of your vintage fabric haul, and your upcoming Mood-cation! They have the BEST denim and wool stock, lord, you are gonna be in heaven. And yes, a fabric binge is perfectly justifiable… it’s cheaper there, and it’s not like you’re paying for shipping. I don’t even want to talk about how much I spent while I was there in March, ha.

  • Sassy T
  • first of all, i want to dive head first into the amazing pile of print fabrics! second, this dress is darling. so pretty on you! it’s making me want to buy this pattern now, lol. the print is bad ass.

  • lisa g

    love the dress, and those are some amazing fabrics you scored! love those prints!

  • Carolyn

    I am thinking the EXACT same thing.

  • Marie Forest

    Wow!! I love the fabric you bought! And the fabric you choose for this dress! You look great in this dress 🙂

  • knit sanctuary

    That dress is all kinds of amazing. So are all those vintage fabrics!

  • Fickle Sense

    Loving the print and it is certainly a summery dress…. oh and Mood! So jealous that you get to go there. Walls of fabric…. ahhh so dreamy:)

  • Suzie W

    Oh, I’m really liking the dress (and the resolution to visit NYC once a year, which I think I shall adopt too!)

  • Marina

    So jealous—that store sounds like a magical wonderland! The white/black/yellow floral situation you’ve got there is especially excellent.

  • sewamysew

    These fabrics are so amazing, you are so lucky and I hate you!!!! Truly an ace haul. The londsdale looks great as well, I definitely don’t notice any boob flatten-age, it looks perfect.

  • A Stitching Odyssey

    Heather, this dress is insanely cute! Love the print and the style is so flattering on you! Defo go to NYC, if I lived that close and had friends (and a garment district) to visit, I’d be there in a flash!!!

  • Oh my gah, this is too fabulous! I’m about to cry, though– I want these gorgeous vintage fabrics!!!!! Can’t wait for you to come to NYC!

  • Katy & Laney

    To quote Project Runway, fierce! It’s probably just as well that Mitchell Fabrics is in Winnipeg because I would be forced the buy the entire vintage room. Love it.

  • raven

    So I had to pick up my jaw TWICE whilst reading this. It dropped the first time after you scored 25 yards of fabric goodness + THEN when I saw this a-maza-freaking (I don’t know, I just made that up) finished dress on you!! Hawt.

    Methinks you have a guardian fabric angel. SO. LUCKY.

  • Oh my goodness, aren’t you lucky??? That is such a great selection of fabric, and your first dress out of it is fantastic! I can’t really imagine what that fabric store is like, it seems too good to be true…

  • Adrienne

    The dress is so beautiful and you look amazing in it.
    But my heart is fluttering and my whole body tingling at the thought of this “giant room of vintage fabric” in Winnipeg. Don’t I have some friends living in Winnipeg? Lol.

  • Katja

    This dress is gorgous! And all that fabric is too beautiful, so who cares your stash is overflowing, it’s overflowing with goodness… that has to be a good thing!

  • Amanda Adams

    Truly the perfect summer dress! That print is to die for!

  • oh so lovely. And what fabulous fabric. Looking great!

  • Hehe, shopping by text… I LOVE IT! Your dress is GAW-JUSS for summer. Those pinks glow on you!
    omigish, how I wish I could join you for an annual excursion to the fabric district in NY too 🙂

  • GORGEOUS! Well jealous

  • sallieforrer

    UUUUUgghhhhh I’m so jealous!! So much gorgeous fabric!! And your Lonsdale!!! It’s like summer perfection. This is still probably my favorite Sewaholic pattern. It’s just so pretty and wearable. And I’m so freaking jealous of your jaunt to NY… can I come too??? Pleeeaasse?? (I’m asking my bank account…. it’s like a magic 8 ball… and it says “outlook not good”…. ugh…)

  • DON’T EVEN JOKE ABOUT THAT. If you came to NYC…. I’d die. I’d straight up die of joy. CAN. YOU. IMAGINE????

  • I know man. I seriously questioned flying down there one day…. but that’s insane, right? OR IS IT?

  • I KNOWWWWW!!!!!

  • Helen McFadyen

    This is gorgeous. Love the fabric and it works so well with the Lonsdale!!! Amazing – and what a lovely friend you have!!! She should be given a knighthood!

  • Amy

    Text shopping–what a cool friend! I’m digging that fuschia cotton up there. It’s begging for some kind of 80s fun. You look lovely as always–the Lonsdale is instant glamour on a hot day, and I really want to make another! And we must be on the same wavelength because I have been hunting fabric for jeans or some kind of skinny trousers for fall. Let’s make jeans!

  • Kazz

    It sure is the perfect summer dress, you look fab and I’m a tad jealous of your lovely tan.

    Yes! pants and jeans I’m with you on that too. Great job as always.

  • Sarah Sew Love

    eeeeeepp what a score with that fabric!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 love love

  • LOVE the fabric! Can’t wait to see what you make with the pink and green one, second from the left on the top.

  • mokosha

    beautiful dress.. and all of those fabrics are just amazing, can’t wait to see what you gonna do with them 🙂

  • Sownbrooklyn

    How did I miss this!?!?!?! It’s amazing!! And makes me want to actually sew the one I have cut out before the summer’s all gone!!!

    I can’t wait to see you in NY!! Reading blogs makes me feel like I know you all so well. Like, I miss you and we haven’t even “met” yet. If that makes sense? I will start saving duckets, now, so we can be Mood fabric hoarders, together ;o)

    Also, that pink print in the top right corner is CALLING MEEEEEE!! This is an awesome haul!

  • Graca

    I really like Mitchell Fabrics for the selection, not so much for their cat (really, really allergic to cats and the staff just don’t get it). They have a fabulous selection of wool suiting fabric both contemporary and vintage selections.