fall wardrobe: vogue 9202


There’s so much to love about the sewing and design process: dreaming up new garments to make, investing time into perfecting the pattern, carefully stitching the pieces together–I could go on. But I think we can all agree that the best part is seeing the finished product. There’s nothing quite like creating something with your own two hands and experiencing the satisfaction that comes with it. For me, it’s also a thrill to see the design elements and colors come together. In college, one of the most important things I learned was the importance of cohesion in a collection, and that theory has stuck with me since then. Every once in a while, I will whip up a stand alone project, but most of the time I like designing mini collections with coordinating components in a thoughtful color story.

Over the past few weeks I’ve posted my list of projects for fall, and I finally have quite a few things finished. (Cue a happy dance!) First up is Vogue 9202. This pattern had me the moment it was released. Jewel neckline, short sleeves, fit and flare silhouette, interesting seams–yes, just yes. I went with view B in a gorgeous fall floral sateen from Promenade Fine Fabrics in New Orleans. You find the fabric here. I should also mention that I thought I had all my autumn colors picked out until I saw that fabric. It changed everything. I mean, how perfect is it for fall?!

fall wardrobe: additions

Mondays are usually the worst, but I woke up this morning excited for a new day and a fresh start. I’ll be out of town again next week (who am I with all this travel lately, sheesh), so the next few days are all about wrapping up a few projects and styling and photography and editing and writing posts. I’ve been hard at work on my fall wardrobe, and lots of progress has been made. So far I’ve finished four skirts, two dresses, and a cardigan, which, now that I type it out doesn’t sound like much. Keep on keepin’ on, I say!

I had a moment last week when I looked at some of the patterns I’d picked and some of the fabrics I was working with, and I decided that I needed to do a little editing. So, I spent an entire afternoon removing a few things from my list of projects and saving a few others for my “winter” to-do list. I’ve scratched a couple new patterns off my list in favor of ones I’ve made in the past with success.

My shirtdress kick is still going strong, and I loved this design from Vogue’s fall collection. I love the pussy bow, and had every intention of doing view B with the bow in a gorgeous olive sateen. This dress isn’t quite a shirtdress–there’s a button placket down center front, but it doesn’t extend all the way to the hem of the skirt. And there’s a side zipper. Guys, I’m just going to put this out there: I cannot stand side zippers. Talk about a pain. Plus, what’s the point of a shirtdress if you can’t get into it like a shirt? Anyway, after looking closely at the pattern pieces, I decided to put this one away for another day. I still love the design, but I will need to invest some serious time into extending the button placket all the way down center front and eliminating that pesky side zipper.


before and after: the living room

Hello! I hope you’re all having a great week! My apologies for the radio silence last week. Ty and I traveled a little bit in September, which always throws off my schedule. Then it takes me a few days to get back in the swing of things. That tends to be the case with me when I work with self-imposed deadlines that I can change on a whim. Anyway,lLots of things coming up this month that I’m really excited about, so stay tuned.

This little blog may be but a wee babe yet, but by now you know I love fashion. I mean, that’s what this space is dedicated to, my lifelong passion of creating things to wear. But my love for pretty things extends beyond my closet. I’ve always loved creating lovely, cozy spaces in my home as well. I was that girl who loved cleaning and organizing her room, and I was constantly rearranging the furniture. I’ve never had a significant budget for these things, so I’ve spent years figuring out how to do the best I can with what I have. I’ve made more curtains and pillowcases than I can possible count, and I’ve spent many an hour sanding and painting side tables and furniture that I’ve rescued from a thrift store.

There was a block of time during which I completely neglected our home (ahem, the “business years”), and I look back on pictures before I put some time and effort into it with a mix of horror and sadness. That’s all behind me now, and I’ve happily put some love and attention into our living room. Now, I’m no expert at this and I’m very trial and error when it comes to interior styling, but I love how this space has come together.

With the exception of the TV, everything in this room was a hand-me-down or thrift store project. The couches, red chair, side tables, and TV stand came from my parents when they got new stuff, and the coffee table came from a neighbor’s garage sale. Makes me wonder what on earth we sat on before we got these pieces.