Project: Simplicity Cynthia Rowley 1801

getting startedDear Reader:  now that you’ve seen my zip struggles, may I introduce you to the dress the zip belonged to? Continue reading


Technique of the Week


Have you ever noticed those little circles on your pattern? The ones at seemingly random points that you’re supposed to mark? Have you ever struggled to mark them? Well, friends, struggle no more, for I have learned about Tailor Tacks, and am going to share this super-easy technique.


Circley-thing of infamy, and a sewing needle.

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That first greeting post.

So awkward, right? nothing before, still lots (hopefully) to come. This is a journey through time and space, as I sew my way from “yeah, that’s good enough to wear” slapdash sewing to expert craftsmanship worthy of couture.

Well, that’s the plan, at least.

Above left is a fabric  I bought from Plush Addict (so lovely, but suuuch heinous shipping fees to South Africa). Lovely cotton, slightly calicoey- pretty sure it’s quilting cotton. should be stiff enough for the dress  I plan, but with a bit of drape. On the right is a pattern I recently ordered from My plan is to marry them, and what a blissful union it shall be.

Another plan. So many!

In any case, the next couple of posts will be an update on my current project and a tutorial on all things button-y.