Monday, 20 July 2015


A Colourful Canvas, Simplicity 2339, DYT Type One

A Colourful Canvas, Simplicity 2339, DYT Type One

A Colourful Canvas, Simplicity 2339, DYT Type One

Hi everyone! I won't keep you long...just a quick hello and a few pics of my My Summer Flip Flops Dress. Yep, this was one of my to-do items, and I managed to get 'er done well before the end of summer. Virtual high fives all round!

Okay, this is a Simplicity 2339 make, this time with design tweaks at the collar and the front facing. After whipping up two Negroni shirts {still to be blogged} a few weeks ago, I knew I wanted a similar collar and front facing on my own shirt {dresses}.  I find the flat, or convertible collar, both speedy to sew and tidy to look at. And what's not to love about that? And....kinda, sorta to prove the point...if only to myself....I sewed a second shirt dress like's an a-line version and I'll show it to you soon. that I've got my dream shirt dress pattern, there's no stopping me. At least until fall...then I'll most likely be all about stitching crazy and colourful coats. Stay tuned!

By the way, last night I misjudged the light... hence the over-exposure on some of these ended up being not so much the golden hour as much as the orange hour. I tell ya, when we take these blog photos...and by we, I mean me flailing around in front of the lens contributing plenty of dialogue...Gimme bokeh! Closer! Farther! Is dis right? Is dat right?...and the mister impatiently snapping away behind the lens....something invariably goes a little sideways.'s often our own little Comedy of Errors {which coincidentally we saw just last weekend at Bard on the Beach. Brilliant, that was!}

And finally! The 40+ Blogger Meet-Up is a-happening this week! I'm really super excited to meet the many bloggers attending! Seems I'll be doing my best to dispel some rumours too....Melanie has painted a colourful picture of me over at Bag and a Beret, and Suzanne has me talking like a sailor. Arghhh and Ahoy Mateys...amirite Suzanne!

My other Simplicity 2339 makes:

Blooms and Blue Gingham
My 99 Pink Balloons Dress


Monday, 6 July 2015


A Colourful Canvas, Simplicity 1803

A Colourful Canvas, Simplicity 1803

Dear blog. It's me...Sue...

Yes, I am here...albeit a little brain addled. A doubt...of sublimely warm temperatures here in Vancouver...that and only having an imaginary swimming pool.

And....wot...please forgive me for neglecting a proper salutation.

So HI YA peeps....eep...that won't do...let's see...Hey guys...yes, that feels much more authentic. I hope you've been well since our my last chat. Me? I've been going around in circles, and getting almost zero accomplished while I spin. Too many wanna-do's.  So much 'I could do dis, I could do dat'. The dis? Well, in no particular a swimsuit, a jumpsuit, yoga pants {and then I'll want a matchy top}, sundress, shorts, and a skirt. Whoa! And the dat? Well, looking at the dining room table...I have a whole lotta swimsuit fabric and several patterns; a jumpsuit pattern, sadly missing suitable fabric, my Flip Flop Fabric for my sundress {sleeves, no sleeves, oh the decisions} The weather has been phe-nom-e-nal. The garden doth grow, the ocean actually feels warm, festivals and farmer's markets are in full swing...and, well, you get it. I be playing...a lot...these days. So...maybe sewing isn't on the table...{well, it is so on the table literally, but that's a nuther story}...quite so much these long, lazy days.

Just like my Feathered Friends Dress, this fabric had me at hello. I needed a new not true....but lucky me...seeing this fabric reminded me of a deficiency of orange {you Vitamin C} in The Colourful Canvas dress department. And, since it basically became a health issue, who was I to argue? My design inspiration came from this Dior Video. {It takes a minute or so to load} After seeing it, via Closet Case Files What's Doing series...I was completely smitten with pleats. I used Simplicity 1803...again...with some alterations to the front bodice...hello V-neck, adios triangular shaped keyhole.  I added a collar of a's a long strip of 3 3/4" wide fabric folded in half lengthwise and randomly pleated.  Let's see, I added a waistband, also randomly pleated, and the skirt is...hello...pleated...similarly to my End of Summer Blues Dress. I pattern matched the bodice back centre seam, but surprisingly {to me}, the bodice front looked better not pattern matched. I think because all the front bodice seams are curved. likey... my Pleated Poppy Dress fits like a dream, but, there's something? I've resewn the hem once already...I used horsehair trim originally but took it out {yeah, that was fun}.....but still, I'm just not sure. Should it be shorter? Shorter with horsehair? Please do tell me what you think, what you really, really think.

That be all for today folks. Thanks for tuning in. Lots more summer news to come. Today's fabulous wall mural courtesy of Elizabeth Hollick.

My other Simplicity 1803 makes:

My Coffee With Kaffe Dress
My Matchywear Top

Sunday, 21 June 2015


A Colourful Canvas, Simplicity 2444, Nomad Art

A Colourful Canvas, Simplicity 2444, Nomad Art

A Colourful Canvas, Simplicity 2444, Nomad Art

A Colourful Canvas, Simplicity 2444, Nomad Art

A Colourful Canvas, Simplicity 2444, Nomad Art

Oh my goodness....hello hello everyone...and eep...where to begin? Let's see....we've got awesome views of Coal Harbour and the Vancouver city skyline! I'm modeling My Summer Solstice Dress! It's the longest day of the year, and spectacularly good weather! And, I'm finally blogging about this gorgeous gifted fabric! GAH! Can you tell I'm overwhelmed!

We took these photos in Vancouver's Stanley Park; along it's famed seawall, looking across Coal Harbour towards downtown Vancouver. The City of Vancouver is almost entirely surrounded by water. Kinda hard not to get an awesome photo when there is a stunning city skyline, Pacific Ocean, and endless watercraft, no? The mister and I thoroughly enjoyed a long, leisurely stroll along much of the aforementioned seawall yesterday {jelly sandals are in my straw tote}. And, as if that's not special enough, it's that other most magical time of year...summer solstice...the longest day of the year. My photos were snapped around eight thirty in the evening, and the sky hasn't even hinted at dusk yet.

Even though today is the first official day of summer, I've been mentally, and physically, in summer mode for most of June.  There's been lots of outdoor play, along with pleasant gardening tasks. That being said, I have managed to squeeze in some sewing time. I successfully sewed two Hawaiian shirts for the mister this week. Now, let's see if I can get him to model them for the blog, shall I?  I've also been sewing {yes more} summery dresses. If my fabric stash is any proof, {it is}, summer is my very favourite sewing season.

Speaking of dresses, I'm pretty over the moon with this one. This is the fabric that Barbara Jane gifted me back in October as a result of this giveaway. To briefly fill you's ever so lovely hand printed silk screen cotton titled  Mud Ripples, from Nomad Art in Northern Australia. You may recall me writing about the good karma of this company in my blog post here.  I received a generous 1.5m piece of 110cm wide fabric; just the right yardage {meterage?} for a skirt or top. But me? I saw a dress, and nothin' but a dress. The fact that I actually eked one out, with sleeves no less, still has me a bit impressed. It was after careful consideration, that I laid the pattern out cross-wise on the fabric. The skirt is not as full as most of my fit and flare dresses...but I actually quite love the silhouette. I sewed this a few months ago, and I gotta tell's fast becoming one of my favourites. It's not so much that the dress is different from my gazillion other Simplicity 2444's; it's not. But it just feels right on me!  Sometimes when I'm trying to squeeze out a garment from a smallish piece of fabric, there is compromise, but not so with my Summer Solstice Dress! That red trim down the centre back and along the sleeve edges? I utilized the plain red fabric that runs along the selvedges. Not much else to say...the skirt is lined, I used an invisible zipper {which actually is invisible, big whoop}, and I added a waistband and two tabs with decorative buttons {the pattern is Simplicity 2444, but I self-drafted the skirt and borrowed some design features from Simplicity Cynthia Rowley 1873}. The sales clerk commented that the buttons I was buying were Target buttons, which had me momentarily flummoxed, until she pointed out that they look just like Target's logo.

Thanks bunches for your comments on my childhood inspired matchywear. Not quite a dare, but my cousin {more on that soon} Curtise from The Secondhand Years put forth the suggestion that I sew a jumpsuit. Whee! Another fun plan hatched and in the making, thanks Curtise!

*All righty...a quick note for my email last post did not reach you via email. No clue as to why....hopefully it won't happen again. If this post does not get sent via email...well, you likely won't be reading this either, LOL. Suffice to say, I will attempt another method of delivery. **Yay! Looks like we're back to normal delivery!