Sure, Jan

Hey all, I am super busy and chances are this space will be empty until July. But I'm alive, and very much wishing I had time to dedicate to sewing this semester! Unfortunately, I don't.
Anyway, have this turtleneck I made, like, 3 months ago, over Thanksgiving break. I saw the fabric in JoAnn's and just had to have it because it was perfect 70s fabric. I do not regret my choices.
The pattern is a personal pattern, but Named Patterns has a nice turtleneck as does Papercut Patterns I believe.

So that's my 70s sweater, straight out of the Brady Bunch. I'll see you eventually.

Top 5: Summary of the Past Year

Hey folks, long time no see!! That's what happens when you take 3 science classes which result in 10 hours of lab a week, haha. Anyway, so I though I would follow along with Gillian's Top 5 but in an extremely abbreviated version this year. Top 1 of each category!

To begin, top 1 hit of the year:
Almost everything! I really nailed down my style this year and almost everything I wear feels great. I'll sum it up with this photo by my friend Catherine: a Named Inari tee variation, a secondhand sweater, high-waisted vintage-inspired jeans, boots, and a flower crown on my hat. Completely me. I loved it.

Top 1 miss of the year:
This dress. It's just not my style. I think the silhouette--elasticated waist--is partly to blame, but I just don't care for it much at all. The neckline is not really suitable for me either.

Top 1 highlight of the year:
In terms of my schooling, my research fellowship this summer definitely takes the cake. It was informative, fun, and a great opport…

Swimsuit 2017: a Retro Affair

Hello everybody! Sorry it's been so long, but my pictures didn't want to upload at my Mom's house, and then I started school up again... Three hard science classes with the accompanying labs is no joke! I'm not even all that worried about organic chem, but my analytical chem and physics classes are tough.
Today I am presenting the swimsuit I made this summer. I have worn it exactly zero (0) times, other than for pictures. But I haven't gone swimming at all this year, so that's why.

The pattern is mostly self-drafted. The neckline is based on my Sweetest Dreams bra and the width came from a leotard I own. The legline was drawn on the spot, but you can't see it anyway.

My inspiration for this was 60s and 70s swimsuits, with their smooth lines. I particularly liked the high-neck, no back look, so that is what I copied. To keep it modern, I drafted a leg line that is similar to a ballet or jazz leotard--it's not the really low fifties style, but it's c…

Stitching Students: Zoe of ZoeSews

Hello everyone! Today I have another installment of Stitching Students: meet Zoe of @zoesews on Instagram and the channel ZoeSews on YouTube! I do believe Zoe was recommended to me by a fellow sewist, and after following her for a while I can say she certainly has a unique and quirky style! Without anything else, here is Zoe!
Where are you from?  The UK
At what level of schooling are you? I am about to go into my second year of college.
What are you studying or what is your favorite subject? I am studying Fashion and Textiles Level 3.
Why did you choose this? I wanted to learn more about refined sewing skills and pattern cutting.
How do your studies affect your sewing, or vice versa? How do you balance and manage time effectively? (Ugh, I sound like an adult. Wait, I am one. Technically.) You would think they go hand in hand but unfortunately not! When I’m at college I make sure that every Sunday is selfish sew day where I sew for no one but myself; this has kept me sane!
Moving on to gene…

August Musings + Plans (My Sewjo is Gone)

Hello everybody, it's August!
It's August and my job finished last week and I don't know how take breaks anymore. Also, my sewjo is gone.
Of course my sewjo is gone the minute I actually have time to sew. Like, I don't how you real adults do this! I'm only a practice adult and it's been hard to be actively sewing this summer. 40 hrs of working per week, making dinner almost every day, other responsibilities... at that point I don't even want to sew, I want to veg out! And now my sewjo has disappeared.
I made a new shirt last Friday, not because I wanted to, but because I needed a new shirt. Making it wasn't even fun. It was a knit tee, which normally is my jam--but no.
Anyway, this is really rambling and it's probably not going to get better, but I'll try to work in some formatting so you don't get lost. There's 4 things on my to-ramble-about list today. I think.

1. Green. I love green so much that I can't buy green fabric or clothes …

Stitching Students: Haylee of Threaded

Hello all! Today I am here with another edition of Stitching Students. This one is about Haylee of the blog Threaded. I read her blog years ago but lost track of it, so when I found her again, it was like, "Oh hey! I remember you!" Haylee's makes are gorgeous and have a beautiful aesthetic. Not to mention how awesome the scenery in the background is! Without anything else, here's Haylee.

Where are you from? USA

At what level of schooling are you?
College senior

What are you studying? Dietetics

Why did you choose this? I've had an interest in nutrition since high school, and want to become a metabolic diseases dietitian. Truthfully I have regrets about not doing Fashion Design but it wasn't offered at my school and I had concerns about job prospect in the future. In an ideal world though, I would have gone to New York and studied Fashion Design. :)

How do your studies affect your sewing, or vice versa? How do you balance and manage time effectively? Ugh this …

Shenanigans / Ergh: Simplicity 8339

Hello everyone! So I promised shenanigans in my last post--let's talk those first, and then get to a review! If you're following my Instagram chances are you've already seen my adventures, but have another rendition. . .

The 3rd week in July my mom and I went to upstate New York--the Finger Lake region--for a half-week vacation. There's tons of lakes and waterfalls there--the lakes are long and skinny like fingers (mine in particular), hence the Finger Lakes name. We stayed at a state park near Ithaca, in a cabin, and everything was fine until we woke up at 3:00AM with swooping bats. In the cabin. Eventually they left, and then we escaped. But it turns out we should have tried to catch them, because bats can carry rabies. And since they weren't captured, guess who got the rabies vaccine?!?!
The next night we were transferred to a different cabin, and mice showed up. The rest of the nights were spent in a hotel.

Anyway, the area was really pretty, and there were ton…