Sewing Blogs


Big, huge, heartfelt thank yous and love to everyone who commented this week regarding my exciting change of life (the non-hot flashy kind). It’s a little less scary after hearing your own personal stories of free-fall freedom.

Now for a little weekend link party.


I just learned that I apparently need an entire lingerie draw fill of neon lace. Thanks Make the Things for teaching me something new about myself.

We haven’t heard very much from Melanie this year since she was too busy making the greatest wedding dress of all time, along with her bridesmaids dresses and robes, and I’m guessing everything everyone wore to her wedding because she is a sewing superhero. She’s been blogging a lot recently to catch us up and I’ve been in couture heaven. She just made this gorgeous peplum top – the insides are bananas.

Loving this skirt and sweatshirt from Capital Chic patterns on Sew Amy Sew. I’m not gonna lie – I was kinda bummed seeing the sweatshirt pattern since I had plans to release one of my own. But the quilting details are so rad I didn’t stay mad for long.

Adrienne (my Canadian soul sister living in Sweden) just made a lovely silk dress and the photos are golden hourly delicious.

I love the simplicity of Meg’s gauzy Scout peplum top. The perfect thing for steamy days.


Jen at Grainline just launched a new perfect-for-summer shirtdress along with new paper patterns! So happy for her, and us.


I had a wedding this weekend and debated about what to do for a gift since they weren’t registered anywhere. And then I stumbled on this Hudson’s Bay hammock and stopped debating. For those of you who don’t know, The Bay is Canada’s oldest department store. They have a troubled colonial history that’s pretty gnarly but I still love these stripes. Iconically Canadian. And everyone needs a hammock.


When I’m lazy and its hot all I want to eat is salad bowls.


Did you know there’s a sunscreen debate? Allegedly the drugstore stuff is super toxic and I’ve been reading a lot of DIY posts about making your own. Some people even claim eating a diet high in antioxidants helps with sunburn! Here’s an interesting article on choosing a safe sunscreen from another Canadian icon, David Suzuki.


I’m a huge reader and books and words are as necessary to my survival as food or water. Two really empowering, inspiring books that helped me decide to quit my job are #girlboss and Lean In. #girlboss (yes it has a hashtag in the title) is written by a woman I was kind of obsessed with when I was selling vintage on Ebay a few years ago since she did it better than anyone before or since. She’s brilliant and funny and badass and went from hitchhiker/dumpster diver to CEO of a hugely successful online store in under a decade. Gotta love an underdog, especially when they quote Kim Gordon and Emma Goldman. Lean In is less spunky, but it was an interesting analysis of why we don’t have more women in positions of leadership. Worth a read if you’re struggling to balance a work and family life, even if you don’t necessarily share her worldview (um, COO of Facebook).

  • Sophie

    Another great round-up! So excited to discover All Style and All Substance.

    • She’s the shit. I was so sad when she moved away from Toronto before I got a chance to hug her to death in real life.

  • Cat Does It

    Also liked Lean In. Lean all the way on that pedal, girl!

  • Those sound like books I gotta read. And oh… how I love Adrienne’s sewing! Thank you for the shout out too, you lovely thing x

  • Jen

    The sunscreen issue is worrisome. I used to work in a hospital dermatological surgery department where I regularly saw patients that had bits of their faces carved out to remove skin cancers. I remember one older lady who was missing a portion of her nose. I worry too about toxic chemicals in sunscreens, but I worry more about skin cancer. My personal solution is to reserve the strongest stuff for when I really need it (i.e. the beach), wash it off later, and avoid buying products for which the additional chemicals has no significant use. For example, why does some “night” cream have sunscreen in it? Makes no sense, other than a marketing ploy. Thanks for posting the link to David Suzuki’s website – I was not aware of that.

    • So scary! There is a case to be made for not coveirng up in sunscreen ALL the time though – we need some vitamin D every once and a while. Going to try and find some with zinc. I used to use daily moisterizers with the chemical stuff and it made my face BURN. I discovered this “original gentle formula” oil of Olay stuff that uses zinc and its fabulous.

      You’re making me want to make an appointment with a dermo to make sure my moles aren’t slowly killing me.

      • Jen U

        I’m revisiting this post after just learning that a very fair (older) family member has been diagnosed with skin cancer. She’s going through some really difficult treatment right now. When I worked for a derm doc I remember a young woman (20s) who was diagnosed with melanoma. I’m not a doctor, but I think that’s kind of rare. Regardless, it’s not a bad idea to get a “baseline” skin exam – especially for those of us with lots of moles or fair skin. (I need to do it myself). Just wanted to mention I used to like Clinique’s Cityblock as a zinc formula facial sunscreen, spf 10 or 15 I think. I didn’t like the higher spfs so much, but maybe that’s been adjusted. It also tends to get pricey when you use a lot of it! I haven’t had much luck with the drugstore brands – they often seem to greasy or heavy or never-drying. I’ll have to look for the Olay product though – thanks!

  • Jane

    Here in New Zealand burntime during summer can be as low as 10-12mins (the sunlight down here is very harsh) so good sunscreen is a must at all times. We have a number of NZ made sunscreens that are not as harsh as the generic ones (although the leading brand here is made by the cancer foundation). My father in law has small melanomas removed every year- the result of long summers in the sun when he was young.

    • Yikes! I know they’re important, but reading some stuff about the spray on ones made me paranoid. I try and wear long sleeved shirts and hats on sunny days whenever possible. I am COVERED in moles. I’m like a tractor beam for cancer.

  • Adrienne

    I love these posts of yours. I read Lean In last year, but not yet #girlboss. I find it a bit tricky to keep up with the latest hot books from back home when I’m trying to immerse myself in Swedish language and culture. So it’s nice to get that here!

    And thanks for the mention! 🙂 I’m sorry if All Style & All Substance was down if anyone visited yesterday and today! I’m currently moving domains, but I’m hoping to iron out the technical glitches in the next days — Thanks for your patience. And thanks for stopping by. 🙂

    • Good luck with the move! What did you think of Lean In? I didn’t relate to all the big corporate stuff obvs, but I thought she had some insightful things to say about how women ask for things (or often fail to!) I made my bff at my old job get it to give her a little empowering boost.

      You’ll love Girlboss. The first chapter is meh but it gets really good – she’s a great writer. REALLY funny.

  • Alli

    I hope you still plan to release your own sweatshirt pattern — the more indie patterns, the better! 🙂

    • Kieran

      I was about to comment the same thing!