Not just my love for sewing

I’ll be sharing my love for gardening here and knitting too!  I have so many hobbies I love it’s hard not to share.  Mostly, I’ll be happy to have a place to come back and look upon my garden year in review. 🙂  

We broke ground this weekend in our garden.  I have to extend the plot space to help with staggering crop and circulation from weeds.  Can you tell that gardening is just my lil science experiment?  

I have seeds on the way for so many lovely veggies!  A rainbow crop of carrots and parisian carrtos, ‘purple beauty‘ sweet peppers, ‘dwarf grey sweet peas‘, ‘trionfo violetto‘ pole beans, a mix of lettuce (for us and our rabbits), spinach, and white cherry tomatoes.  We’ll have a bumper crop of other tomatoes too once I find the right ones.  My mom always grows ‘big boys‘. 

My not-so-little brother was helping us out, but I don’t think it’s really his thing until plants are there and he can eat them.


Just a quick catnap


First of all, let me say that this fabric by LizzyHouse made my day the entire time whilst sewing.  I’m definitely a dog person, but I love my kitties back home.  I purchased this lovely 2.5m at The Workroom here in Toronto with the goal of entering the Catnap dress contest.  

Sadly, I wanted to discover why the bust darts were giving me such a pouty, puffy trouble and I missed the deadline. At least I got a fantastic dress out of it!

I did a FBA on a muslin, but to my shock it was TOO big!  After all the pattern drafting and adjusting I gave up and went with Megan’s pattern.  This time around I did French seams at the side and managed to make it fit perfectly without the back ties!  I still get a bit of dart problem, but mostly it’s unnoticeable. 

Once the weather is warmer I will be sure to share some pictures of it being worn out of doors!  I wore it yesterday and it was like it was my magical power. 🙂




Things I changed:

  • Neckline:  rounded it thanks to Holly’s tutorial here
  • French seams at bodice waist (third picture from top)
  • Bottom hem is only 1.5″ instead of the 2″ suggested

Things I love:

  • The print!  How could I not want to frolic around with dreaming cats?
  • The neckline!  It’s such a better fit for this dress for me as I am quite busty.  
  • I’m a sucker for dresses with pockets, The End.

Things I’d change/try next time:

  • Keeping the neckline, but trying the dart cluster next time
  • Lengthening the bodice for sure
  • Not sewing my buttons and their counterparts by hand.  It was worth it for this time and I have to do it one more time (old dress), but it was too much work.


  • 2.5m of LizzyHouse Kitty Dreams in Cranberry
  • single fold bias tape in fushia
  • 12 3/4″ buttons


A New Journey

A fresh new start to sewing for me this year.

I have so many plans for patterns I have saved, even some I have completed to be modified and made better for my body type.

This year I hope to make most of my summer wardrobe completely handmade.

Welcome to my adventures.

Love Love
Miss Cris