Enter, Bond Girl (Butterick B6258)

You know how you finish something, and kinda fall in love with it? That’s how I feel about this skirt. :)  Originating from fairly humble origins, it turned into something better than I could have imagined! I wore it to my friend’s semi-dressy James Bond-themed birthday party at a posh Boston hotel bar (like, $400+ […]

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Mama’s Got a Brand New (Floral) Bag

Stylish women change their bag with the season, so I figured I’d do the same! :-) I started two Floral Bags from Bags: The Modern Classics back in January, debuted one in April, and finished the second one some months after that. I even used it a bit here and there … but it didn’t […]

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Day 5: The Birthday Dress

Fabulous birthdy dress from McCall's 6744 on Making the Flame. Body positive sewing & style!

Back in my 20s, I had two fantasy birthday scenarios: a romantic and meaningful birthday date, and a giant food-based birthday party with all of my friends. Interestingly, I thought it would take until I was 40 to get all my friends together for my birthday! Instead, I made the dream reality seven years early. […]

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The OWOP Four

I did it! I participated in One Week, One Pattern 2014! I’m so proud of myself for doing something larger than me, instead of stubbornly insisting on being a lone wolf. I have only cellphone camera shots because all week I was exhausted — I got up early for work (430-5am) and I stayed up […]

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A Silver Circle Skirt

Today’s OOTD features one of my legacy makes — things I sewed while I was still learning how to sew. The skirt is both special and kind of awesome, and the top comes from my favorite store ever, Dots (which is now closed for business). The shoes are the Christian Siriano for Payless shoes I […]

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Spring Trends

I subscribe to a bunch of ladies’ fashion magazines: Elle, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and now Cosmopolitan (is Cosmo a sex mag or a fashion mag? hmmmm), and diligently read them looking for both fashion direction and beauty product recommendations. The recent March issues of these mags gave me a sense of what is […]

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Harper’s Bazaar, February 2014

Daria Webowy, the model on the cover, is supposedly some kind of legend …. yeah. Never heard of her. I always get amused when I’ve never heard of someone who’s supposed to be legendary, even though it could be more of me living under a rock than a bad case of hyperbole. I’m always on […]

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