Category Archives: Sewing Projects

Summer Festival Dress + Sandals

Last October, shortly before I jumped on a plane for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco, I quickly sewed up my second Alder dress.  I modified the neckline to remove the collar and add a V.  The fabric is hand dyed and printed cotton from Merchant and Mills.  The fabric is so light and breezy and the longer length in the back makes it perfect for sitting in the grass and listening to music.


And if you notice the sandals, they are my second pair of handmade leather sandals.  I used the same outline for the sole as my first pair and drafted the pattern for the uppers myself.  I used Birkenstock rubber rubber for the soles and coincidentally found two Birkenstock buckles from a local cobbler.  I treated the leather with olive oil and they darkened up quite nicely, and are even darker now after wearing them for a week in the sun.  Here are some photos…




Shibori Time

This Alder shirtdress started with some very special fabric, a gift from a friend returning from Bali.  Completely out of his element, browsing bolts of fabric, and asking for advice in broken English he found this gorgeous natural linen (and some stunning silk chiffon lace.)  After much deliberation and a Pinterest board for inspiration I decided it was a great opportunity to take a crack at indigo dyeing using a natural indigo dye kit that I bought earlier this year.


My original intention was to dip dye an already stitched up Alder dress for an ombre effect.  The pattern was a dream to sew, with a sew-along to guide you through any tricky steps.  It was my first attempt sewing a collar and I think I have finally gotten the hang of creating the correct size button holes for my buttons.  Once sewn, I made a last minute decision to give shibori dyeing a try instead of dip dyeing.  Linen is known to wrinkle and the effect of shibori hides these wrinkles well.


I have to say, this is one of my favourite makes in a while.  Here is a closer look at the shibori effect.


Elisalex on the Shore


Tonight, another By Hand London dress.  This evening I went on a quick hike down to the ocean for a swim with my friend Benny.  Who, by the way has the most delicious food blog.  After the swim I threw on my dress and we managed to get a few shots.  The pattern is the Elisalex dress, I altered it slightly, using the original bodice pieces and opting for a gathered skirt instead.

I bought this fabric earlier this spring from Gala Fabrics here in Victoria.  I loved the print of this stretch cotton sateen immediately.  I originally planned to sew it up into a floral bomber with Papercut Patterns Rigel Bomber.  But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I just wasn’t going to wear a floral bomber jacket.  Instead, I went with yet another dress!