Category Archives: Patterns

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

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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  • Your daughter’s dress is adorable! I love that poplin and what a great idea to line it in a cotton batiste! I always forget about batiste when I planning a lining but it is the best for it’s lightness and breath-ability.ReplyCancel

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

I like to have a plan when I make. I like to set realistic goals, and ideally, I like to cut and use my fabric before it ever reaches the shelf. Of course, that sort of goes out the window when I way overestimate my time management abilities and forget to account for the unexpected […]

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  • Layla’s dress is so beautiful! From the trim to those perfect matching “mustard” buttons to that GLORIOUS Liberty print – great length and fit. I’m not surprised she’s happy to announce, “My mom made it for me”. I would be proud to be able to say that too :)ReplyCancel