Pattern Alteration For A Generous Derriere


Whether your butt is bigger than average naturally without trying, or because you log a lot of time at the gym doing squats, making up a pants pattern than tugs at your behind and gives you a Melvin is no fun! I always make a muslin nowadays, but since I’ve already sewn up these shorts […]

Colette Myrtle in drapey black & white

Colette Myrtle

Today I sewed up a quick knit dress…. The Myrtle by Colette Patterns. It was very quick to sew on my normal machine and my coverstitcher, a Janome CPX 1000. I didn’t make a muslin but did try it on my dress form before I stitched anything together. I cut a size small, but realized […]

Basic Black: Japanese Pattern Book Giveaway

Basic Black Giveaway

  Hellooooo readers!!!! I’m back from my week at the Couture Sewing Sweatshop Class. Let’s just say I got my sewing on there. Seriously. Sewing, draping and fitting from 9 AM until 1 AM some nights. More on that later this week. When I get my photos organized. But first, a giveaway! BASIC BLACK : […]

Draping a pleated gown bodice


So… I’m off to Susan Khalje’s Couture sewing class for a week to learn all about constructing formal wear! I’m pretty excited to be able to sew for a week with other¬† clothing makers interested in hand sewing techniques. It’s a rare person in real life who makes clothes and I look forward to blabbing […]

Stabilize A V Neckline With Selvage Strips

Stabilize a V Neckline

I’ve been working on Jessica from The Sewing Rabbitt’s new pattern, The Stepford Dress. It has a deep v neckline and I wanted to keep it from gaping, so I’m stabilizing the neckline with selvage strips to keep that from happening. It’s a really cute pattern,…. I’m making mine from a peacock print Liberty fabric. […]

My Padded Dress Form

Padded Dress Form

That’s my padded dress form. I sew and design in my dining room so she has to be presentable. Her measurements are pretty close to mine but I had to do a little padding. I made some pads by creating pads from batting . Then I tucked them under this lace shapewear camisole. I think […]

Girls Ruffled Apron Tutorial


I’m a procrastinator when it comes to sewing practical things like lunch sacks, aprons, slipcovers, and pillowcases. My house could use some spiffing up and last week I bought some really great natural linen to make new slipcovers with. We’ll see how long it takes for me to get to it! Gigi really wanted a […]