Sewing Projects


I was doing laundry the other day and realized that because of the sewing bender I’ve been on, I have approximately 48 things I’ve made recently that I haven’t had a chance to share. 48 might be an exaggeration but it certainly feels that way; I can barely walk into my closet/laundry room due to all the clothes hanging in odd and inconvenient places as a visual reminder to myself to photograph what I’ve been up to. Which means I have approximately 48 things I’ve made but won’t let myself wear, because if I wear them without documenting them first, it’s inevitable that I will spill red wine down them within 5 minutes, even if its 9am and there is no red wine in my house. The red wine will somehow materialize. This is how it goes.

So basically my new summer wardrobe is angry and taunting me and this week I decided to do something about it. Wear the clothes. And then photograph the clothes. No red wine to be seen, anywhere.

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This here is my new favourite outfit and I am very sad I made it wait in my closet for a solid month. It’s totally perfect for summer which means comfy + neutral + linen. It’s part of my increasingly troubling addiction to linen. If I had my way I would go through life encased in a linen cocoon. Forever. I’ve gone through at least 15 meters of the stuff since the weather started warming up and I have no intention of stopping. If linen left track marks my forearms would be SO casually wrinkly right now.

This little white crop top is made from the Inari tee pattern, which I’ve obsessively documented my love for here, here and here. I had a scant yard of this creamy linen goodness left after making a recent shirt dress (also yet to be blogged) so I decided to whip up a little something to wear with all of the high waisted things. The proportions are absolutely perfect. I love where it sits at the waist and how it dips back ever so slightly in the back. My bias tap neckline isn’t laying absolutely flat but I can’t be bothered to care because I’m wearing linen and linen is the Xanax of fabric. Everything is all gooooood.

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The skirt is another recent favourite. I loved the Brume Skirt pattern when Deer & Doe released it last year – such interesting style lines on such a simple silhouette! I  bought a few D&D patterns this spring and made sure to to include this one in my cart. It’s designed for knits, and I decided to try and use the crazy thick textured double knit I bought last fall when I was in Vancouver. I had initially tried to use it to make super warm and thick Sewaholic Pacific leggings but that was a complete and utter disaster – the knit was WAY to heavy-duty for leggings and it ended up giving me the saddest saggy crotch you’ve seen since MC Hammer stopped getting royalty checks. I figured the knit would be better suited to something with just a tiny but more structure, and I was right because this fabric/pattern combo makes me very, very happy.

I love the way the subtle chevron pattern in the fabric ended up working; the yoke piece wraps around the hip creating a beautiful diagonal line  – a total accident I didn’t’ realize until the entire thing was assembled! I would definitely suggest trying stripes with this pattern for that reason.

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Paired together I think they’re kind of perfect. The wide hem of the top is just right for the close fit of the skirt, and it’s the kind of outfit that’s comfy enough to wear all day in the studio. I’m always hunting for secret pajamas and this definitely meets the bill.

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We’re heading up to Vermont this weekend so I’ll be packing the car with more of those sad, lonely outfits that have been hanging in my closet; it’s simply not a vacation if I don’t force Guillaume to take pictures of me trying to look casual in rural locations.

What’s your favourite summer outfit? Am I the only one with crazy out of control sewing mojo right now? I can’t seem to stop!

ps. My AMAZING new shades are from Firmoo if you’re curious – mirrored prescription shades for $39! I hate wearing contacts so I picked up a few different pairs of  prescription sunnies last month. You can get 15% off your order using this link.

Details: Inari crop tee in white linen, Deer & Doe Brume skirt in mystery knit,  Sven halter clogs, Lipstick: Mac Lady Danger, Firmoo shades

  • Heather

    Wait–a whole post with those pictures (lovely clothes!) and not a word about the HAIR?! It’s a highlighted bob! That’s huge! I want to know about the decision making process, the emotional consequences, etc. This is hair we’re talking about.

    • I guess I’m used to it know and talked about it on IG so I didn’t think to mention it here! Yeah, I basically woke up one morning and was like “I NEED A CHANNNNGEEE!” I’ve had the same haircut for almost 10 years! The first week was hard because I couldn’t figure out how to style it but I’ve discovered how to make it look really chic with a good blowout or how to mess it up and go for the Alexa Chung thing with more of a messy look. I had wanted more of a real ballayage (blonde strands throughout) but my hairdresser did more of an ombre thing using this special product that wouldn’t actually bleach my hair so its not damaged at all. I’m super into right now. Feels so fresh for summer and my hair grows really fast so it didn’t feel like THAT much of a commitment.

  • ARB

    OOOh, how come I’ve never spotted that skirt pattern when I’ve been stalking / stockpiling from Deer & Doe? Must have been too transfixed by all the pretty shirts to notice that it’s the spitting image of what was my first grown-up skirt purchase that I chose for myself as a teenager – it was made in thick black jersey and it was my wardrobe standby when I escaped from school uniform. I think it saw its final outings when I needed a waitressing outfit when I was a student. I wore it so many times that it basically ended up grey with white seams! And I’ve been missing it lately…. Definitely needs to go into my Autumn sewing plans!

    • I think you 200% need to recreate that skirt!

  • Yes, hair! You look so, so gorgeous with your new hair style! AND…you and Harry match.

    Now, that’s out of the way…I can comment on the sewing {and yes my sew-jo is on high right now too}…I do love the silhouette of the skirt pattern and can totally see it in stripes! Love the top too…I haven’t popped over to check out the Inari, but I’m curious…no hidden buttons/zips for getting it on and off? That’s cool.

    • Aw thanks Sue! A lady must match her dog 😉

      As for teh top, the neckline is wide enough that you don’t need a closure!

  • Eek, you’re so stylish! Your post title is accurate. I am right there with you on the unblogged stuff – last I checked, I had 10+ yet-to-be-photographed finished projects. I’ve been wearing them right away, though, so when they finally get photographed they’ll be super realistic looking 😉

    • Hahaha! I left the memory card at home by accident and G wanted to buy a new one in Vermont. AT this point my dress was hopelessly wrinkled and I was like “Nah, forget it”. #bloggingwoes

  • Love the outfit, but that skirt! The back of it is awesome. Cool colour blocking options there.

    • Totally! I’ll have to brainstorm some colour blocking ideas for this pattern!

  • Great outfit. I too won’t wear items until they are photographed & blogged as I’m liking to spill stuff on them too. ????

    • I wore my cream linen dress without photographing it and immediately spilled tomato sauce down teh entire front. I got it out but THE PANIC WAS REAL!

  • What a wonderful outfit! Nice to know that others have “problems” in the photographing/blogging department.

    • It’s a pain in the butt! And then I dragged Guillaume out on Saturday to take photos on this beautiful picturesque road in Vermont and realized I FORGOT TO GRAB MY MEMORY CARD! Total face pal moment.

  • Great outfit! I love the Brume pattern… I wear mine all the time. I feel like the yoke makes one’s butt look pretty amazing.

  • I, too, have a major linen crush. Gah. It’s so good! The KING of fabrics! It has the luxe-ness of silk but is more everyday wearable. To me, anyway. Wish I had the same out of control sewjo at the moment, I bet it’s because of your glorious summer weather – hot weather clothes are so fun to sew!

    • Well, I have a few epic trips planned this summer and I really wanted to make/wear the ultimate capsule wardrobe so I’ve been feeling super inspired… Having an overall vision is great for sewjo.

  • sallieforrer

    Yep, perfect summer outfit. I’ve been stashing some compression knits with the intention of making workout wear but, lets be real, that’s PROBABLY not going to happen! Especially now that I have it in my mind to use these sturdy knits to make high-waisted, body-con skirts! So thanks for that!! Also, love linen. Can never have enough. How do you find the armholes on the Inari? I’ve read some reviews that it fits kind of weird through that area, but I know you love the pattern and haven’t mentioned that, so I was just wondering…?

    • I know some people don’t like the way the sleeve is cut – I guess it rides up when you raise our arms but it doen’t bother me that much and I really like the way it looks.

  • Great outfit! Love the linen tee and diagonal lines on the yoke pieces of the skirt!
    I have a pretty big pile of unblogged pieces myself and hope I’ll be able to at least photograph the warm weather pieces before autumn starts – which totally happened last year when I blogged about my summer tops in the middle of winter 😀

    • Hahahahaha! I’m sure you brought a little summer warmth with those belated posts 😉

  • Hélène

    Your new hair, wow! What a perfect match with little Harry. In fact, the whole outfit is picture perfect! And I’m with you about the cropped Inari being the best summer top on high waisted skirts or culottes or jeans.

    • I brought my dog to the hairdresser and said “Match us”. Not really but somehow that’s the end result!

  • Colleen Patterson

    OOOOH I adore linen, I’m so glad to know that other people out there love its wrinkly slightly coarse, slightly soft, eternally comfortable deliciousness!

    • It’s the best. I keep meaning to invest in linen sheets but I haven’t taken the plunge yet.

      • Colleen Patterson

        DO IT! I have made a couple of duvet covers with linen on the bed facing side, it’s WONDERFUL against the skin-warm in winter, always feels cool in summer. I can’t recommend it enough.

  • Margo Bergman

    So chic! I really love the color palette too. It is a perfect summer outfit!

    • Thanks Margo! Who knew cream + brown equal summer good times?!

  • Love this look! Linen is always fabulous and I love the style lines of that skirt! Looks cool and comfy!

  • Ooh I love this look! I’ve got plans for an Inari crop tee – just need to finish my Inari dress first!

  • K_Line

    This outfit is perfect.

  • I love this outfit! Makes me think I need 2 or 3 more Inari Tees and lots more linen in my wardrobe. I totally do the pile of things I haven’t photographed yet. They tend to congregate all over the house. The problem is it’s just so much more fun to sew than to take photos or write posts.

  • Addy

    I know this is an old post, but I’m hoping you can help me out. I’m trying to pick the size to cut my Brume skirt in, but the finished garment measurements for the waist size have me worried. I’m using a very stretchy ponte and was going to go for the 40 because my waist is a 28. I’ve traced the pattern in that size and am making a muslin but I wondered if you had any suggestions on choosing sizes for knit patterns? Thank you 🙂

    • I’m not sure about D&D’s sizing model but in general, go with your body measurements. Final measurements of knits will always be smaller and I don’t think are helpful when you’re trying to choose a size.

      • Addy

        ok, thank you so much!