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Red Tiered Dress: McCall's 8202 Pattern Review

It's been a while, but I'm finally back with another McCall's pattern review. While Big 4 patterns are not impossible to buy in Japan, I'm extremely grateful that McCalls has started making all of their patterns available as PDF downloads, so that I can use them seamlessly in Japan. Anyways, I recently modified McCall's 8202 to make a tiered mini dress with a square neckline. Keep reading down below for more details! 

Uni Sews Viki Dress Pattern Review (Viki Sews юни )

Hello again! Once again I'm long overdue for another post here (despite finishing several projects along the way), but I'm excited to introduce this dress. In this post, I'll be discussing the Uni Sews Viki Dress and my experience with it! 

Introvert Corset Top

Welcome welcome! In today's post, I'd like to introduce you all to a project I completed earlier this year. Although I meant to post about this in February for Valentine's Day, I never got around to writing the post! So, in this post I'll be discussing my process and the pattern I used for this corset top look. Keep reading down below for more details! 

An Apple a Day Apron: Sun Planning's Easy Apron Pattern Review


Hello! I'm back again today with another quick project from the past. In this post, I'll feature a quick apron project I made using a Fit Pattern Sun easy apron pattern. It was a simple afternoon project that I've gotten a lot of use out of. Keep reading for the details down below!

Spring Strawberry Tie Dress


Hello again! In today's post I'll be bringing you yet another gingham fruit project! I used a modified Japanese pattern to create a loose-fitting smock dress, and it wasn't hard to construct or sew. However, due to my fabric choices, this dress really turned out to be a flop. I'll be elaborating on all the details down below! 

The Sweetheart Mitten: Kwik Sew 3627 Pattern Review


Happy February everyone! Now that February has arrived, I have a super short and sweet post about a heart-themed project from last year. After discovering the pattern online, I realized I had the perfect amount of scrap fabric left from previous projects to sew this up in one afternoon. Keep reading below for more details!

Fall in Miyazaki: Nina Lee Bakerloo Pattern Review in Two Ways


Happy Holidays! Today's blog post will be chronicling my experience using Nina Lee's Bakerloo pattern in two ways. First, I made a patterned blouse using a cotton barkcloth from Kokka Fabrics. Afterwards, I used the pattern again to make a white dress version of the pattern. I had a good experience making both versions of this pattern, which I'll describe in more detail down below. 

Pandemic Mask Making

Hello again! Today's post is going to be pretty short and sweet- I'm going to recap some masks I made at the start of the pandemic last year. This post may feel a little different from usual, but i think that's only because there isn't much of actual substance to discuss. Anyways, if you're interested in seeing some DIY masks (and an attempt at outfit coordination), please keep reading down below!

Haute Hydrangeas: This is Kachi Delilah Dress Pattern Review

Hello again! I'm finally back with another blog post. Today's post will be about a lavender summer dress I recently completed using a pattern from This is Kachi. I'm super excited to share it, because I've worn it countless times since completion, and I've found it to be the perfect weight for the summer here in Japan. Let's get right into it!

Love Letter Sweater (Pattern Review)

Hello everyone and Happy Valentine's Day! Today's post is a Valentine's themed sweater with an envelope-shaped front pocket. Valentine's Day is one of my favorite times of year (second only to Halloween), and I love all of the red and pink hearts that are present in stores and decorations this time of year. And unlike Halloween, Valentine's Day clothing items can sometimes be worn easier throughout the entire year, so I love stocking up on home goods for my apartment during February. 

Anyways, this sweatshirt is a recreation of the Pepaloves Sealed with a Cozy Sweatshirt that was previously available on ModCloth. I first saw this sweatshirt a few years ago and fell in love with it, but it was long sold out, so I decided to make my own. Keep reading below to see more information on the materials and construction process, including a review of the Basic Sweatshirt Pattern by Tienda De Patrones!

Shinohara Tomoe Simple Dress Pattern Review

Hello everyone! This is my second post of the year-I hope to keep it up moving forward. This post will detail my experience using a Japanese dress pattern by Tomoe Shinohara. I used matching fabric for the dress, and I also made a matching face mask (because it's 20202021). Continue reading below for more!
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