Month: October 2012

Robe for a Crazy Horse Lady

My mother is one crazy lady.

And I mean that in the very best way.  I admire her.

She is a vaulting coach.  Vaulting is her passion.  And although the vaulting didn’t stick, she managed to pass on her love of horses to me.

This is me and my two sisters vaulting (I think I’m the one in the middle… it was 12 years ago, and I have an identical twin sister.  Sometimes I have a hard time telling us apart in photos.  Especially photos where we are in the same exact outfit.)

Mom was our coach.  None of my siblings or I vault anymore, but my mom is still a very busy coach and horse trainer.

She picked up another hobby in the last few years as well–Roman riding.

I tried it one time–it’s hard!  My mom is so strong!  She is twice my age, but she is way stronger than me!  (And much braver too for that matter)

Anyway, enough about how awesome my mother is.  On to the sewing project.

She recently had surgery and needed a robe to wear while she was recovering.  Enter her over-achieving aims to please daughter who loves to sew.  And the BurdaStyle Kimono robe pattern.

This pattern is wonderful and easy.  I even forgot to add the seam allowance (ahh!) and it still fit well thanks to all the ease of a robe.

The outer fabric was very lightweight and a little sheer, so I underlined it with an equally lightweight white fabric.  The pattern included inseam pockets, but I wanted to add a special patch pocket for my mom instead.


I found this circus girl image on etsy and used transfer paper to print and transfer the image by ironing onto my fabric.  It worked quite well.  I interfaced the pocket as well as the main fabric where the pocket would be attached to make sure it was sturdy.  Well, it’s good and sturdy and a bit too stiff really.  I may have over-done the interfacing just a little.

If you have need of a robe, I highly recommend this pattern.  It was a quick and satisfying project.  But don’t forget to add your seam allowance ;)

A Lovely Saturday in September

Although it was weeks ago, I don’t feel I can move on without mentioning the awesome meet-up that I attended in September.

I LOVED hanging out with Miss Crayola Creepy for the day.  We had a fabulous time visiting Hart’s Fabric in Santa Cruz before driving to Oakland for our meet-up and the Colette launch party.

I knew I’d be stepping out of my comfort zone, meeting new people and all.  But it’s okay.  Fellow seamstresses are friendly nice people.  They all took good care of me, and I had fun.  I’d even do it all again!!  In fact, I really hope that I get the chance to see all those lovely ladies again, and one day I want to meet some East Coast gals too!

I picked up the Jasmine pants pattern and truly hope that I’ll have time to use it sooner than later.  (Honestly, life has been a bit too busy lately… no sewing time, argh!)  It was really fun to see so many people wearing clothing from Colette patterns; I spotted a few dresses and several sorbetto tops.

I hauled my full-size camera with me and hardly took any pictures with it… oopsies.  This one is from my iphone… ahhh, iphone.  Well, I’ll keep practicing with the big camera.

Erin was a sweetheart and brought me a gift–fabric of course :)

I am stoked to add this beautiful border print with stripes to my stash!  I’ve never seen anything like it.  I’m imagining it as a skirt… maybe a pencil skirt or a gathered dirndl.  What do you think?  Any suggestions?  All I know is I’ll be making a muslin first cause I want a well-fitted finished garment out of this beauty.  Thank you Erin!