I think I’ve got a winner! I have been wearing the heck out of the blue linen dress I made from Simple Modern Sewing Book 3C pattern. It transitions nicely into fall weather with it’s cropped sleeves. Most importantly this shift style dress is super comfortable. I decided to use a printed woven fabric and added a notch to the neckline to mix it up a little for the second dress.
I made another top from Stylish Dress Book: Wear With Freedom. As with the other tops I’ve made, the “F” top pattern was super easy to sew. I like the the slotted, petal sleeves with ties. It is roomy enough to wear a knit top underneath for warmth as the weather gets cooler. I have another cut out already. This pattern is a keeper.
I have had an fascination with handcrafted textiles since before I can remember. The most influential women in my life have been skilled at sewing and needlecrafts. This includes great grandmother Mattie and grandma Arelia who was ever encouraging and proud of her “sweet pea” as I attempted my first projects at the age of 11.
Starting with braid weaving, then progressing to sewing, then crochet I was on my way. I received a bachelors in Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising from Eastern Michigan University in 2006. Over the years I have picked up knitting, loom weaving, embroidery and finally spinning every type of fiber I can get my hands on.
The process of creating using traditional techniques has brought me much joy and fulfillment over the years and I hope to inspire others to explore our heritage skills through my sharing.
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