The longest UFO – McCalls 6044

I started making Paul another McCalls 6044 shirt shortly after finishing his first version back in June 2017.  This shirt is my longest ever work-in-progress garment so I’m THRILLED to have it finished. Because I made it so long ago I can’t remember many of the specific details – whoops! I wanted the top finished for Paul…

Two- piece spectacular!

Paul and I are developing our own family traditions. Our favourite summer festival — Beers at the Basin — is worthy of new outfits. In the summer of 2017 I made Paul the outfit above and myself a Celestial Dress. Originally he wanted a romper but I refused. A two-piece-setacular is way more practical and…

McCalls 7661

After a honeymoon period of discovering indie patterns, I’ve been embracing the Big 4 patterns more regularly. Especially McCalls. I find their designs wearable but still with fashion forward design elements. I’ve found that more people are adding big 4 patterns to Instagram. It’s great to be able to search to see other versions of…

Second take: McCalls Bomber Jacket 7637

The last bomber jacket I made Paul has become one of his favourite items of clothing.  So much so that he requested another one. After much deliberation we couldn’t decide on the perfect combination of fabrics, so the project went on hold. The Fabric Store recently released a new range of Liberty Cotton Twills, I…

McCalls Bomber Jacket 7637

I set a pledge earlier in the year to make Paul more menswear. It’s a satisfying challenge to make garments for other people. So far this year I’ve made him: 10 new t-shirts, a new Paxson sweater, a Suki Kimono, I’m not too far away from making him a button-up shirt. This jacket isn’t on my challenge list…

McCalls Shirtdress 6696

Earlier in this year, I decided to enrol myself in a class at my local sewing and craft store Made Marion Craft. The class was to make the popular shirtdress pattern McCalls 6696. I took this class to improve my confidence with collars. I hoped the teacher Zara (who has mad skills) would pass on her hint…

Two-piece set-acular

Paul and I have been joking about making him a male romper for a while now. When I saw this fabric on Drapers Instagram I offered to make him a fun outfit for the summer festival season.  The fabric is a lovely lightweight cotton perfect for summer. I decided that a two piece set was much…

Making Menswear McCalls 6044

One of my goals this year was to make a men’s shirt for Paul. I chose the popular McCalls 6044  pattern. It is a modern slim-fit pattern which suits Paul’s style. From his measurements, I cut a size medium. Since Paul has lost weight I would have been better to cut a size small. The main fabric…