Outfit · Sewing

Colette Phoebe


I’m so happy autumn is coming. It was so cool this past weekend and we decided to go apple picking! It’s one of my favorite fall activities (although I know technically summer is still here). I finished up this dress just in time to wear it out. It’s a great dress for layering! I wore it with a simple black top and some knee high socks. I definitely plan on wearing this with turtlenecks, as well. This was my first time making a Phoebe. I made version 2 and I decided to add some ruffles into the princess seams! I used a poly blend fabric I picked up at Joann’s in a burnt orange and cream houndstooth. It has a good weight to it and works nicely with this pattern. I’m really pleased with how this dress turned out. I took in the bodice a tiny bit but made no other adjustments. I would love to make version 1 with the buttons!



Colette Penny



I made the Colette Penny dress over the past week and am so thrilled with this pattern! Penny is a shirtdress with two different styles- shortsleeved with a waistband and gathered skirt or sleeveless with a semi- circle skirt and waist belt. I made the latter.

The fabric I used is a cotton navy and white gingham I picked up at Jo Ann’s. I knew I wanted a dress for summer in this fabric but wasn’t sure what pattern to use when I bought it. It was the end of the bolt and the associate offered me another yard for half price. I’m so glad I decided to get it because I realized months later I had enough for this dress. The buttons I used I found in a Joanns clearance bin last month. I had no idea what I was going to use them for but I liked them. It was meant to be! They are the same gingham as the fabric and have a line of sparkle in them.


This was my last printed pattern of the three I won from Patternsy. It was a good choice because this pattern has a lot of pieces! I definitely do not recommend printing this one at home. I admit that I was putting this project off for quicker makes. I knew this was going to take some time and be more involved than anything else I’ve made in a while. The pattern sewed up very nicely, despite how many steps there were! The only issue I had was somehow my collar stand was too long for the neckline and I had to restitch. It’s less than perfect but it’s okay. I didn’t make any adjustments to the fit and I am happy with it.


This is a wonderful dress for summer and I think I can make it work into the cooler months with a cardigan. I’d love to make the other version but I’m sure it won’t be until next year. I highly recommend this pattern- just be sure to give yourself plenty of time!



Colette Walden Cooper Bag


Today is Michael’s 30th birthday! He needed a new messenger bag and when he saw this pattern he wanted me to make him one. So we went to the fabric store, he picked everything out and I went to work! I worked on this a little bit each night for a week. I haven’t sewn with canvas or made a bag before but I was very happy with how this turned out!


Sewing clips were a must for this project since the canvas is so thick. I also used a large denim needle on my machine and denim thread for my topstitching because of this.



He’s loves it and I’m so glad! 30 is a milestone and I wanted to make it an extra special day/weekend for him.  I also baked a cake for the occasion (Chocolate Heaven from the Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook) and put some decorations up for a little family get together last night!


Outfit · Sewing

Yellow Flowers & Wooden Leaves (Colette Moneta)


Michael walked through the door with a bunch of hand cut flowers the other day and it was the sweetest surprise!


How cute is this necklace from Layla Amber?! I have wanted one of her pieces for years and finally got one! She sells the most adorable wooden pieces of jewelry in her Etsy.


This is the first Moneta I made and I love the colors in this plaid. This rusty orange color is my favorite right now. I have a lot of extra fabric and am thinking about making a top with it.



Colette Aster


I made a Colette Aster top on Sunday afternoon. I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly and easily this top came together! I made it out of a cotton gingham from Jo Ann fabrics. The only issue I had was with the top of the placket…it was a little tricky to get it to come to a perfect point on the first side I did. (which is why the buttons are on the wrong side since I put the nicer side on top.) The places where I had marked for buttons when I cut out the pattern also didn’t make sense once I had gotten to that step. Which was OK because I got to use my new adjustable seam gauge! This is such a neat little tool for button placement. Anyway, I already wore this top once but didn’t get any photos. I’ll be sure to get some next time! I plan on making this top in the long sleeve version in a flannel this winter.


Outfit · Sewing

Woodland Critters (Colette Moneta)


I’m sure it will be obvious soon enough- if something has cute woodland critters on it, I’ll want it. I already made one of these Colette Moneta dresses this season in a plaid but when I saw this fabric on the shelf at Jo Ann’s I knew I would be making another one sooner than I expected.


I really like this pattern. This dress is pretty easy and quick to sew, and it’s very easy to wear. And I mean, it has POCKETS. Which already makes it awesome. This is a cute option for walking around a flea market and thrift stores on the weekend- which is where I wore this! I layered it with some wool socks and a denim jacket since it was a bit cold and rainy. I’m still getting the hang of my twin needle, but I’m pretty happy with how the brown contrast stitching turned out.


Dress: handmade | Accessories: all have been in my closet for several years

Outfit · Sewing

Country Fair


I made this Colette Hazel dress last month and I’ve already worn it several times! This time it was to the fair. I can tell it is going to be a staple in my fall wardrobe. I can’t wait to layer it with turtlenecks, sweaters and tights. There were some definite 90’s vibes happening on this day. I tried out this new lip color and suddenly I needed to wear plaid and a choker necklace. IMG_4088

Dress: handmade| Purse: Target| Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren