Harley helps.

Harley helps.
Harley, my hard-working sewing assistant.

Friday, January 4, 2019

happy new year, y'all

It's been a while, I know. Wish I had an epic things-I-sewed-this-year post, but honestly, I didn't do that much. Here's the list:

1. Plain red Alabama Chanin Factory Dress
2. Reverse applique Alabama Chanin fitted dress
3. Rachel Comey Vogue Patterns 1585 popcorn dress (not finished; posted on Instagram)

I don't love it, but still really like the design and would like to try again, maybe not in mixed fabrics this time.

4. Fixing and finishing of t-shirts using AC fabric:

I found out that Eloflex works great for constructing knit seams. Will definitely be using that again!

It's been a tough year, but two bright spots were 1) finding a great group of sewists to hang out with (hi, New England Stitchers!), and 2) stitching with my niece. I got her a sewing machine for Christmas, and she's already cranking out bags. Awesome.

I don't have a huge list of resewlutions for 2019—I actually wound up buying RTW clothes this year for various reasons, so my closet is pretty well stocked. But I'd like to tackle a DP Studio pattern this year, just for the experience. And I'm mulling over whether to buy Alabama Chanin's Build a Wardrobe. I really like the patterns.

That's all for now. Happy New Year!


  1. Hi! I stumbled across you on Pattern Review, even though I'm a instagram gal.(I just started following you). Re the Rachel Comey dress I've been tempted to try this pattern but something about it doesn't quite work. Once I figure out what it is I'll do my own hack.

    1. Hi! Thanks for your comment! Sorry, I just now saw this (I didn't get notified for some reason!) Who are you on Insta?

      Yes, the Rachel Comes pattern is kind of an odd duck -- it's just so huge! -- but I still really like it (especially the RTW versions) and want to make it work. I joined a lagenlook group on Facebook, and they all loved it and suggested some styling options, so maybe I'll just finish it up and wear it out. Let me know how yours turns out!