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The mother of Montreal meet-up weeks has passed. We were lucky to have Renee, Kelli, Carmen and Deepika stop by at various times for drinks, fabric shopping and/or late night “the restaurants are closed and I need to make emergency ribs in a pressure cooker before everyone drops of low blood sugar” meals. I have yet to be disappointed meeting an online friend in real life; sewing people are unfailingly intelligent, funny, interesting and fun to be around. Especially when Carmen casually mentions seeing Bob Marley open for Fleetwood Mac when they were touring with Tusk (easily one of my most favourite albums of all time). I may have shrieked out loud. Correction: I did shriek out loud.

Here’s what the sewing blog world was up to outside of Montreal this week:


I’m trying to step up my exercise game. I was motivated to get moving by these fun running skirts from Sew Well,  these leggings from The Tell Tale Tasha and this yoga outfit from Ms. Wabi Sabi. Now to finish drafting my new lap swimming suit…..

How gorgeous is Lindsay’s silk Asaka kimono? I’m wearing mine while I type this Sunday morning. What a glorious pattern.

When I saw Abby’s patchwork elephant on instagram my cute meter basically exploded. She’s working on a new pattern for it. I might finally make a few softies for all the new babies in my life….

I went into a hip vintage store recently and my head basically exploded when I saw that everything I ever wore in high school in the 90s is back in style, like, major. I have so much more empathy for my mother’s horror when I started wearing bell bottoms at 13. One of the things I saw for sale was a super classic 90s canvas backback, so I really appreciated seeing this much better crafted (and strangely alluring) recreation over on Incondite Le Grand.

Hand sewn espadrilles over on How to Make That. Want! Want!

Oona killed it this week. Twice.

I will never tire of seeing Vogue 1247 made up. It’s in the canon. Here’s another winner by Bellbird.

Sallie jumpsuits in the wild! A navy version by Sena (my lovely tester), a chic black one from The Wardrobe Project and grey marle curvy goodness from So On Edge.


Seamstress Erin is hosting a pretty epic looking sewalong for her new Nautilus swimsuit pattern.


I loved Caroline‘s Guide to Montreal in Seamwork this week. Bookmark this piece if you ever come for a visit; I even discovered a few new places!


Fleetwood Mac + Marching Band.

  • Alexandra Rutherford

    Great meeting you and the ribs were great!

  • AuntyMaimu

    Thank you for the shout-out! And guess who made herself a pair of flare Gingers?! 90′ FTW!

    BTW this post didn’t show up on Bloglovin’, at least for me.


      • AuntyMaimu

        All in its own time

  • Kat

    Thanks for yet another wonderful round up. This post is such a highlight of my weekend (I had to natively find it as it didn’t post on Bloglovin for me either). Also, sounds like your meet ups were a lovely time. If you ever venture out west to Alberta let me know!

    • Seems to be showing up now, but thanks for the heads up! I may actually go out west at some point… I desperately need to visit my brother in Canmore and my bff in Edmonton. Maybe next year?

      • Kat

        That would be such a blast. Sadly though, there is zero fabric shopping to speak of anymore…

  • Thanks for the mention, Heather. I agree, Vogue 1247 is one of the greats. I wish they would release more Rachel Comey patterns!

  • Yes – Tusk is maybe my favorite Fleetwood Mac song. That and Silver Spring.

    • I had to google Silver Springs but I’ve definitely heard it before – what shame they didn’t include it on Rumours! Dreams is my #1 ultimate karaoke jam.

  • Yay! Merci Séan!

  • I just started swimming laps recently too! Such a perfect exercise because you don’t sweat, the water feels incredible in the summer heat, you can totally zone out and clear your mind during, and after you feel so tired but so refreshed at the same time. The only thing I’m not liking is that my walk back from the pool takes me by a deli and I buy a sandwich pretty much every single time because for some reason, nothing sounds better to me than crunchy lettuce and deli meat after a swim!

    I’m curious about the details on your lap-swimming suit! I confess I’ve been doing laps in the two piece I’ve had for a few years, and I’m always wary about my boobs popping out! I just don’t want to buy some ugly Speedo.

    • A speedo would do TERRIBLE things to my backside. I am drafting a simple high-waisted, low cut bottom with a racerneck tank top. Something sporty and easy around the shoulder blades but still cute 😉

  • carmencitab

    It was great to finally meet you! Thanks for the love! See you soon, next time The Clash on the London Calling tour.