Category Archives: Patterns

When I buy fabric, I almost always have a plan in mind for it’s use. Those plans don’t always come to fruition, but I am well intentioned nevertheless. I picked up a cut of Fornasetti Forest from DuckaDilly about a year ago with the plan of making a romper for Layla. I imagined a short […]

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I remember when Layla was a baby, I loved shopping at Target. I’m sure most of you know what I mean- the racks are lined with irresistibly cute clothes. When she was a baby, making clothes was not even a desire of mine. In fact, I remember thinking it would be a monumental waste of […]

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  • Layla’s dress is beautiful! The colours are absolutely stunning and I love the style…I really like your idea about lining the sleeves and in fact I might take up this idea on some of my pattern sleeves. It looks so nice especially with flutter or cap sleeves where you can see the inside. The bias type on the bottom I like too! I did that on a blouse (by mistake!) but after it was done I actually liked it :)ReplyCancel

    • Thank you!! Yes, I find lining is almost always easier to make and looks nicer than curved hems, facings, and so on. ReplyCancel

  • Lovely dress! I especially love the fabric you chose. Your daughter looks thrilled! And I was having the same thoughts about girls’ ready to wear clothing recently. Why so tacky?ReplyCancel

  • […] has a long torso like her mother. Sooo that sort of scared me off for a while. But when I found the Tip Top Dress, I also discovered the Top Knot Romp by Chalk and Notch (a new-to-me pattern designer). It seemed […]ReplyCancel

  • oh! it’s beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Rosie

    I completely agree with the shopping for bigger girl clothes. I am so disappointed by what I’m seeing. Last year, I bought the Geranium pattern from Made by Rae and luckily now the expansion pack has come out and I can change up some of the dresses I’ve been making for the girls. They love them. I never thought I’d be making their clothes, but I love it and love shopping for the fabric too. Love your insta and your blog, it’s inspirational.ReplyCancel

I finished up some Market and custom projects recently which freed up some time for making the kids some clothing. They keep growing taller (why do they do this?) and I try to keep up. I ordered a bunch of fabric a while back and assembling patterns when I had some time.  The top I’m […]

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When we moved to Tennessee, Wallace transitioned from a toddler bed to a twin size. This change brought with it a need and opportunity to make a new quilt for my growing boy.  Wallace loves fabric, and he’s pretty vocal about his opinions on anything that affects him. So I thought it was wise to […]

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Have you ever had something you wanted to do so badly that once the chance came around, your expectations were so high, you were nearly frozen with fear of failing or second guessing everything? That’s me. You see, my favorite wardrobe item is J.Crew’s Perfect Shirt, the most well made, perfectly fitting, brilliantly constructed shirt I’ve ever […]

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  • I was so excited by your post I just had to write :) I’ve been on a blouse making MISSION for the past 3 months in my search for the perfect shirt but I do want to make it! I’ve explored several patterns – a couple of which are outstanding and have been a great success – one is the Cashmerette Harrison (which would likely be too big for you since it starts at a 12) and the one I’m working on now is the Fitted Blouse by the Cupful by J. Stern designs. I have another on order from Vogue in their Comfort Fit category that also looks really good. Your process and relentless search to duplicate your favourite was so inspiring! I’m in awe :) Congratulations on your success. You have a pattern now that you can make over and over in all your favourite fabrics…you might want to make one up in dupioni silk (I did and love it!) :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Well wasn’t that person who told you to buy one and deconstruct it simply brilliant. Your blouses are truly perfect and it’s delightful to read how excited you are! It inspires me to return to making clothes.ReplyCancel

  • These both look amazing, Meredith! I’m glad you were able to recreate your favorite shirt. I also have the Granville pattern but I haven’t made it yet. I’m concerned about the sleeves not fitting me properly. I just got the new Classic shirt pattern from Liesl + Co and I’m curious to try that one. I haven’t ever worn this J Crew shirt but I sort of want to go try one on and see how I like it. It looks like a great style!ReplyCancel

  • What a great accomplishment! I know what it’s like to be paralyzed by fear of… messing up. Good job find a solution, and now have a classic piece that will last a long time. Please bring to VT :) xoReplyCancel

  • You have outdone yourself! These shirts are absolutely breathtaking on you! As someone who sews, I marvel at the construction even more!ReplyCancel