Almandine Garnet Rosecut Earrings


Almandine garnet unites the energy of scarlet and red with the more muted, earthy overtones of brown. It is intimately tied to the earth, and is a talisman of protection and unyielding strength, increasing willpower and resistance to all things negative. It is a stone of physical love and relationships, and a spiritual stone of psychic protection.

Barely oxidized silver + rosecut almandine garnet, finished a few weeks ago.

Finished Project: Hand Fabricated Rune Earrings Version 2, Etched Silver Earrings



I finished these a few weeks ago. The top earrings are the second version of the rune earrings that I made, now with better more rounded circles. The bottom earrings are etched silver.

Finished Project: Hand Fabricated Rustic Rune Earrings


I was home sick the other day and I did a very non-sick person activity — I worked on these earrings for a bit. My sawing and technique need a bit of work, but they are very comfortable and wearable and I’m wearing them now. These are oxidized sterling silver. I’ll be re-making these when better tools come along, since they aren’t as precise as I want them to be.

Finished Project: Hand Fabricated Flower Earrings, Pink Opal and Sterling Silver

Hand forged sterling silver flowers with pink opals

This is not a sewing project, however I’ve been branching out lately by doing some metalsmithing. These flowers were hand-fabricated from sterling silver and I attached some pink opal drops.

Finished Project: Skull and Roses Gathered Skirt





I’ve been hoarding this fabric for over five years now and decided to use up some of my stash while I was cleaning it out a few weeks ago.

There’s not much to say about this project. The skirt is two rectangles with a side seam that has pockets and a hidden side zipper. The waistband was the same fabric interfaced on one side and based off of my measurements.

I’m back to sewing in a vintage inspired style again, so stay tuned for more on that front.

Finished Project: Cropped Cat Scout Tee



I finished this cropped Scout tee a few weeks ago and only had a chance to write about it now. I’ve made the Scout tee many times, so adjusting this one didn’t go too badly. I cut a size 4, drafted pockets from a Uniqlo cropped tee that I owned, made the sleeves longer, and made it cropped. I used a stiff Alexander Henry quilting fabric because I loved the cat print.

I still haven’t worn this much since I have no idea how to style it, but it’s definitely comfortable.

Sewing + Life Updates

this is the wrong side so the fabric looks muted. #kawaii #かわいい #sewing #alexanderhenry

I have a backlog of late summer finished sewing projects that I still need to post and photograph. However, they are doing construction on the back yard of my building and finding a quiet isolated spot to take photographs in has been challenging.

My hands have healed up some (see below) and I’ve been working on this Scout cropped tee using this Alexander Henry cat print fabric. The multiple cats are very かわいい (kawaii!) and it’s a new style that I’ve learned to like. I do love wearing all black, all the time but I needed a break from wearing all black and this interesting print breaks up the monotony just a bit.

it's been a hellish week. doctor sent me home a few days ago with an as needed quarantine for hand, foot and mouth disease

I try not to post personal stuff on here when I can, however sometimes life can make legitimate delays in sewing. A few weeks ago I was diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease. I worked from home for about a week or so and just returned to work last week. My hands and feet are still healing from the sores and blisters caused by this viral disease, so there hasn’t been much sewing as of late. I did fix my sewing machine problems related to bobbin tension last night, so hopefully I can get back to regular posting soon.

Finished Project: Cara Top





I finished this project a few weeks ago and only had a chance to blog about it now. This is my first time trying a Style Arc pattern and it did not disappoint. I used a really cheap $4/yard cotton/polyester with excellent drape that I got from Chic Fabrics in the Garment District. I made no changes and it turned out cropped, but mid-length for someone like me since I’m short. I’m wearing it with high waisted pants here, so the silhouette sort of works out. I still have no idea how to style this for our blazing hot 30C weather here. It definitely needs a high waist to balance it out so it’s not too cropped, but my usual jeans are way too heavy and warm for the summer.

(The pictures show a very wrinkly Cara top since I didn’t have my travel iron yet here and it got wrinkled by being in my duffel bag. More well-pressed projects next time!)

Pros: On trend, easy to sew.

Cons: Summer is nearly over but I still haven’t worn this anywhere! I’m still not sure how to style this for work or if the off the shoulder top will be too much, but I need to figure something out soon.

Project Details:

Pattern: Cara Top from Style Arc

Pattern Sizing: size 4 to 30.

Description: This on-trend top gives a gorgeous look with its flattering, gathered, off the shoulder neckline with a floaty raglan sleeve. The elastic at the back neck band keeps the shoulder line in shape. Wear it with jeans or dress it up with a fabulous print to wear to a special occasion.

Did it look like the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Fabric: Cotton/polyester.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. There was a diagram included since one part was tricky, but that was really helpful.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It’s really easy to make and on trend.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: None.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, it’s a very cute top and a fast and easy make.

Work in Progress: Nani Iro Tunic Dress, Pocket Inset

testing out the inset seam pocket for the #naniiro pattern, part 1. #sewing

Lately I’ve been working on deciphering the pocket inset for the Nani Iro Tunic Dress pattern. My hiragana isn’t advanced enough yet to be able to read what’s on the pattern, but a combination of Google translate and deciphering the illustrations together has helped. I made a partial muslin since the dress is so loose fitting that there is no fitting to be done but I wanted to try the construction first before I tried it on my good fabric.


This is an interesting design detail and I haven’t seen a pocket like this yet. The small pocket is embedded in the seam of the shoulder seam and the front right seam. The pocket doesn’t lie flat since that area has to move so the front pocket is not flush with the seam. The construction is also interesting — you sew in between the notches, then cut across the pocket seam, flip the pocket over, attach the back pocket and sew everything on to the shoulder seam. If everything is done properly then all of the raw edges are enclosed in the seam.

Here is the finished pocket inseam.


Work in Progress: Nani Iro Tunic Dress


Lately I’ve been working on this tunic dress pattern from Nani Iro. I need something with longer sleeves to wear for work and I was drawn by the interesting inseam pocket detail and the loose flowy cut of this pattern. The directions are entirely in Japanese but there are a lot of illustrations that demonstrate the techniques that should be done.

I started taking Japanese lessons recently, with my aim to be able to read some of my cookbooks that are not bilingual and some of my sewing patterns that have not been translated. However, I am only a few weeks in and I only know maybe 40-50 hiragana, no katakana, and definitely no kanji, so I can read at best one syllable of one word that’s in the pattern.

I have a few other finished projects but haven’t had the time to process the photos in Lightroom yet or write posts properly, so definitely more content forthcoming as soon as I get to it.


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