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Sneak Peeks, Repeats, and Favorite Mistakes

Just a quick post today (because it’s way too hot to have a hot laptop on my lap) so I can share a little peek of what I’ve been working on. Well, one of the many things I’ve been working on. It’s an outfit that came to be by way of chance. …or fate (thank you, Celestial Fabric Wizards of Old) and I have to say, I’m pretty excited with how it’s coming together.

I’m working with another super ridiculous …ly adorable print featuring Harajuku critters, sporting various accessories. It’s a fabric by Sarah Watts for Cotton & Steel that I bought months and months ago and hadn’t the slightest idea what would become of it. It wasn’t until I bleached some tonal stripe denim, then over-dyed it, that I realized it now had the perfect coordinate for an outfit.

What you’re looking at is another Hollyburn Skirt and Tiny Pocket Tank. The skirt is completely finished (OMGLOVEIT!!), but the tank still needs a hem and armhole binding. What makes the skirt “extra special” is the fact that the zipper/waistband is actually a mistake!


No seriously. I tried an exposed zipper for the first time, making things up as I went along (as “smart” people do), and it ended up way too low on the waistband to be properly functional. Heh. Smart.

So rather than rip everything out and try again, I decided to wing it and turn my mistake into a “style opportunity”, as so many of you lovingly called it on Instagram. I’ll tell ya what, I make A LOT of style opportunities in sewing, but this one is most definitely my favorite! EVER! It’s not the cleanest finish on the inside, but I think the vintage buttons I used might have contained magical powers. It’s the only thing that makes logical sense after seeing how well everything just worked out!

What’s your favorite “style opportunity” on a past sewing project?


  • Carla Mayfield

    I loved your Harajuku fabric so much that I went over to Hawthorne and bought some in aqua for a little blouse. Then I used their fabric coordinator to choose a skirt pattern. I’m going to make See & Sew 3873 from 1989. I think this gorgeous fabric, and not making the jacket, will bring this old pattern straight into 2015.

  • Camilla

    The colours go together so well. I adore that green. Can’t wait to see!

  • jannapyj

    I am chomping at the bit to see this outfit all together!!!!!!


  • Trisha

    Wow! That looks super nice and I would not have believed you didn’t very carefully plan that! Ha! I’m so happy to see how many of us take mistakes and turn them into style opportunities! I think that’s what’s so great about sewing, the way we can make something work for us. I’ll remember that next time it goes horribly wrong…it’s not a problem, it’s an opportunity! A really, really big opportunity. But I might still cuss at the opportunity a little. : )

  • Ronja Zigler

    I have caved. I finally bought a copy of Hollyburn.

  • Becky Burke

    Oh! Yes! I cluster-effed the top of my Clover pants at the waistband and your skirt tab fix is brilliant! Thank you bazillions! I’ll be able to wear them with something other than baggy shirts that cover the ugly.

  • Piper

    You really have an amazing eye for color and detail…the pink top stitching so even and beautiful, the totally original zipper tab, the bias tape finishing…that is something you just can’t learn. You can always learn a new sewing technique!

    • Thank you so much, Piper! I guess making mistakes and finding clever ways to cover them up is how you get good at doing anything! Especially sewing πŸ˜‰

  • LOVE that fabric! I bought a short length of it to use eventually… Still not sure what it’ll be. πŸ˜€ But I couldn’t pass up the cute critters. And I adore your clever zipper “cover up” solution! It really looks like it was intentional. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Casey! I couldn’t pass up the cute critters either, but instead of buying just a bit of it and having no clue what to use it for, I think I bought 3 yards haha! It’s funny, I bet if I TRIED to sew the button tab I would have messed it all up and it would look horrible lol!

      • I feel like that’s always the way it is with intentional vs. “happy accidents” in sewing! πŸ˜‰ lol.

  • Such an adorable fabric! Awww! I really like that’s equal parts cute and elegant, thanks to the soft, earthy colour palette.

    Happy sewing and end of July wishes,
    β™₯ Jessica

  • I love the pink topstitching as much as the pink buttons!

    • Thank you! I’m really into the pink/green combo lately. …Must be all the summer watermelon I’m seeing around haha! πŸ˜‰

      • THIS green and pink in particular is special to me, because it was my Nana’s favorite colors – her room was always perfect mid-century green and pink tones. XO

        • That’s awesome! Sounds like your Nana had really excellent taste πŸ™‚

          • I’m working on a blog post about how stylish she was. You will love some of my photos.

  • This is an A+ style opportunity!

  • Long time daily post checker here who’s made a resolution to finally start commenting and getting more active with some of my favourite blogs. Mhm…pink top stitchng and buttons eat your heart out!

    • Thanks so much for taking the time to say hello, Nina. I really appreciate that πŸ™‚

  • I cannot wait to see this finished outfit! This is adorable!

  • That’s all my sewing is! A series of “style opportunites”. Love it!

    xo Rachael / The Paraders

    • Hey there’s nothing wrong with style opportunities in sewing! That’s some of the best sewing you can do πŸ˜‰