Under Construction

Under Construction: Flannel shirt of blue

The pattern and scraps. I don’t know about you, but I’m kinda getting bored with the Cook’s Illustrated reviews. Let’s take a break, shall we? I’ve been working on my most ambitious sewing project to date: a classic shirt. The pattern is from the Built By Wendy “Sew U” book.This shirt is a long time […]


Under Construction: Sorbetto top | Almost there

Milwaukee is having a bit of an Indian summer week, which is good weather for finishing a tank top. Ha. I’m about 90 percent there. The Sorbetto top has come together nicely. The directions from Colette are easy to follow. As you can see, I’ve sewn binding to the neckline and one armhole. I need […]

Under Construction: Jogging stroller redux | Road test

Under Construction provides a peek at works in progress. If you’ve been following my Twitter feed, you know this week I’ve been working on the jogging stroller. Big news: it’s finished! Yay! MVH took it for test drive. Here’s the photographic evidence: There he goes!   This looks like an artsy pic, but it just […]

Under Construction: Sorbetto top | Pattern puzzle

Under Construction provides a peek at works in progress. The pattern before I taped it together. I am not standing on one foot here; don’t believe your eyes. But believe in the awesomeness of my mattified gold pedicure. I finally got around to putting together the Sorbetto pattern last night, and I thought you’d like […]

Under Construction: Sorbetto top | Custom color

Under Construction provides a peek at works in progress. The fixings for a Sorbetto top. The pattern on the white cotton adds a visual texture that I think will play nicely with the lace and smooth bias binding.  One recent night after I put the boy to bed, I printed the pattern and instructions for […]

Under Construction: It’s a surprise

 Bright prints! This project is a surprise for a very special little person. It’s a goodie from “Bend-the-Rules Sewing,” and I’ve made some design modifications. Stay tuned!  Details and pink bias binding.

Under Construction: Jogging stroller redux | Support strap stitched

The old support strap and the new support strap. I matched the dimensions really well. Here’s the latest on the stroller: I cut the new support strap and stitched its edges.  To finish the outer edges, I stitched them twice, trapping the raw edge inside the finished edge. As I mentioned in my last post […]

Under Construction: Jogging stroller redux | Cleaning, pattern making

Under Construction provides a peek at works in progress.  This weekend MVH and I got serious about fixing the jogging stroller. At Paul’s latest well-baby visit, our pediatrician said we could put him in the jogging stroller if it had the appropriate safety gear. It has a five-point harness, just like his car seat, so […]

Under Construction: Breastpump bra

Under Construction provides a peek at works in progress. This is how I blog. (Well, not yet.) There comes a time in the life of every nursing mother when her thoughts turn to pumping. (Please forgive me; I’ve got breasts on the brain these days.) I bought (and returned) a pre-made pumping bra. After I […]

Under Construction: Jogging stroller redux

Under Construction provides a peek at works in progress.   MVH hoses down the jogging stroller. My parents’ neighbors had a rummage sale a number of years ago, and at the end of the sale, this jogging stroller remained unsold. It was wheeled to the end of their driveway for garbage collection. Knowing we were […]

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