techniques and tools

Sewing ‘miss’ to sewing ‘hit’ – refashioning a too long, too large jacket

The very first project I ever sewed is a very cool jacket (Vogue 8623). While I love the jacket, the cool white fabric, the enormous collar, the orange brocade lining and the super-awesome vintage buttons, I don’t love the length, ending right at my hips, my... read more

A new green dress, served three ways…

This weekend was beautiful in sunny Minneapolis, with our recent cold snap breaking and a heat wave (ok, it was 75 at the most yesterday!) coming in just in time for a friend’s wedding at the most gorgeous spot in the universe, Camrose Hill Farm! I rushed... read more

Self-Stitched September – Day 8. Pears, A-lines and pencil skirts

I spent day eight of SSS working on the muslin for Vogue 8648 a cute little dress with a pencil skirt that I’m working on to wear to a wedding this weekend. I also did some errands, and took the most wonderful lunchtime walk with my basset hound, stopping by my... read more

Self-stitched September – Day 6. Cherries on top and getting RTW jeans to fit.

I celebrated Day 6 of self-stitched September (and Labor Day) in red, white and blue! My favorite shirt – stretchy tank with cherries – some slightly refashioned jeans and bare feet. When I put on shoes, it was gardening galoshes and pink flip flops. I... read more

Self-Stitched September – Day 4… my first trousers!

Spurred on by my increasingly obvious need for more casual clothing, I went shopping yesterday and picked up a couple of pieces of corduroy for the making of trousers and Jenny skirts. I spent the night puttering away and am quite happy with my first official**... read more

The final pants muslin. Fashion fabric cleared for cutting.

One more muslin and a few more changes and I think I’m ready to start on my first real trousers not made from bedsheets! Here’s the final lineup… front view side view back view I started out muslin #3 by making a few changes to the pattern pieces.... read more

about patty

Hi there! I’m Patty. I’m a writer, maker and creative entrepreneur living on the road with my husband and Peppermint the basset hound. Read the blog for tutorials, tricks and inspiration. Visit the online shop to check out our handcrafted soaps, candles, cool finds and more. Curious about our experiment in teeny-living? Then read more about #vanlife! Are you a business owner? I also work with indie retail and creative business owners to build beautiful social media platforms, websites and email marketing programs.



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