Happy Sunday sewcialists. August is half over and yesterday I had a mild panic attack when I realized I haven’t a) swam in a lake b) stayed in a cottage or c) napped in a hammock. In compensation we tried to have a nature-ish bike ride yesterday but ended up getting lost in industrial hell and then caught in a brutal rainstorm. Today I’m driving up to a local waterfall come hell or high water (literally, high water). Summer, I’M NOT DONE WITH YOU YET!

In the meantime, here’s what the sewing blog world was up to.


I was charmed by this breezy white Holly/Hawthorne mash-up over on Sew Pomona.

At our last meet-up in Montreal, a few of us were seduced by the same floral print rayon. I love Kay’s skirt/dress combo and am basically going to use my yardage to make the exact same Sallie as Deepika on Pattern Review – she looks stunning.

Leila from The Three Dresses Project wasn’t sure about the trapeze silhouette on her but I think she’s a vision.

This blue and orange dress from That Black Chic is so original and amazing.

Wonder at this dope as hell 1930’s confection from Petit Main Sauvage.

Two great bombshells this week: Monsie did a great job FBAing, and I love the way Helen modified the back straps on hers.

This border print Holly dress from Lady Sews Alot is adorable.

Carolyn always makes the coolest stuff. This reversible infinity dress is no exception.

Finally, the wedding dress reveal from Crab & Bee! It’s a staggering achievement.

Jasika’s green lady bug dress is summertastic.


I keep meaning to meditate. Seriously. But this interview with Tara Brach on the Tim Ferris podcast kinda convinced me I can’t keep making excuses. She also offers tons of mindfulness meditation mp3s on her website for free, if you’d like to skip a subscription to Headspace (I’m looking at you Nicole).

Joanna Newsom announced her new record with a gorgeous new song and video by Paul Thomas Anderson. She’s my Bob Dylan. I don’t know if I’m going to make it until October.


We just need to send people this blog post from Sew Can She when they ask us to make them stuff.

Target decided to kill the pink/blue gendered marketing of their kids departments. People flipped out on their Facebook wall in an unsurprising fashion. Then this guy posed as Target customer service and took them to task, in the best, funniest way possible.

I ended up zipping through the first two Hyperion books and am now in the depths of a full-on Dan Simmons bender. I’m loving Endymion; it’s proving to be a veritable romp after the first half of the the series. Don’t be turned off by the cover art – this series is REALLY worth checking out. I dare you to put them down.


My favourite place to shop for tailoring and more esoteric sewing supplies in Montreal is called H. Fisher & Sons. It’s a must visit if you’re in the city. Mrs. Fisher runs the joint at 85 with the energy of someone a third her age, and she’s filled with the kind of knowledge that can only be passed along. The buttons above are from her shop. I found this interview with her today; I get deeply sad when I think about these types of businesses inevitably closing. It’s a closed door to a rich and valuable past.

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