My Makes


What a crazy time we are living in!

Who would have thought we would live through a pandemic that is quite literally affecting the lives of everyone around the globe. We’re on lockdown, and we are forced to be creative in these times of darkness. We’re social distancing, and yet, this distance is what brings us closer together. It is the very thing that has allowed us to stop, slow down, and to appreciate every moment we’re alive.

I’m a 90s kid, ya’ll. And I used to rock dungarees back in the day. Not only are dungarees/pinafores/overalls, comfy – I actually think they can be super flattering when styled appropriately.

With that said, I just had to get my hands on this uber adorable Cleo Pinafore from Tilly and the Buttons. I think this is a nice gateway into sewing with denims and twills and getting my topstitching game on. I decided to do the mini length version, but in future I might just try the longer length with the front split.

This is the third Myosotis Dress that I made.

The first two turned out amazing! I stuck to the pattern, made both of them in a size 14 (slightly bigger than what was required for my measurements, but I love loose-fitting dresses) and I have literally worn them every week since I first made them.

I’ve been very anti-social on social media lately. I don’t know exactly what it is, but it may have something to do with the immense loss I’ve experienced earlier this year due to my Dad’s passing. I’m doing a lot better now, and have slowly but surely started sewing my way into a better mood again.

August is going to be the month of getting out of my comfort zone.

I started a new health regime and I said YES to doing a talk on “Power Dressing” at the Nia Azuri Beauty Spa “A Woman’s Worth” event. I knew I just had to make myself a one-of-a-kind dress to wear to the talk. It is inspired by the Victorian era – my favourite fashion era, might I add – and I’m so inlove with the detail and the high necklines. I tried my hand at a fabric manipulation technique called “pin tucks” and I’m so amazed at how these turned out!

The older I get, the more I find myself wanting to invest in fewer wardrobe staples.

Gone are the days where I had a closet full of clothes and yet I still had nothing to wear. I’ve learned the hard way that too much of something is not good. It leaves you feeling overwhelmed and it’s not a good feeling. It’s literally baggage, and I refuse to lug around things I don’t love. This is why I’m rather making pieces like this plaid dress. It’s such a simple pattern, yet I feel super cute in it!

I’ve been creating so many things in my little sewing studio at home, buying so much fabric and materials that I’m starting to lose track of all the projects I’m making. I decided to get a little more organized, so I created myself a little Sewing Project worksheet based on how I work that includes the materials and sewing notions I need, a sketch or picture of what I intend to make, any necessary skills I need to learn in order to complete the project, as well as some swatches of fabric I could use. I haven’t officially used my new system yet, but I’m going to give it a go and I will share my journey with you on this blog.

When life gets too much, all you can really do is slow down and embrace the moment you are in. There’s no point in wallowing in the past, because you’re not there anymore. There’s also no point in concerning yourself with the future, because you’re not there yet either.

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