Links 96 to 112: So Many Things

So many rando links lurking in the drafts folder, so many open tabs… Let’s tidy that up, shall we?

96. Kara Walker’s latest artist statement made me cry. It is a STATEMENT. (via Jez)

97. David Wong Louie on (not) eating after cancer. Heartbreaking.

98. Tracing an amnesiac’s identity in the digital era.

99. Luvvie talks about her experience on the NYT’s best seller list.

100. A subject near and dear to my heart.

101. I’ve never watched Bachelor in Paradise, but I have been following the scandal all summer long. “Why are you watching this?” is a great question, but what I really want to know is what has happened to the producer who made the initial complaint. You know that person doesn’t have a career in tv anymore, despite doing the right thing.

102. I’m still trying to figure out eyeliner. I read this “review” [advertorial, lol] and immediately ordered the brush (from Nail Polish Canada, actually–ships free!) because I’m a bit of a sucker. I suppose it’s helpful for wings, but no good for smudging into your lashline, which is what I’m trying to do. So: not a total waste of money but not the answer to my liner woes. I think part of my problem is that the Tarte liner I’m using is quite dry…?

103. I’m not going to make this–I just don’t need another blanket–but, damn, I want it.

104. But I might make this? I may have suitable fabric… if I don’t try making a Fen top. Depends on the yardage I have on hand.

105. At one point over the winter I was thinking about sewing with sequins. I chickened out (wised up?) but if I ever do tackle sequins, this looks like the advice to follow.

106. If I don’t rent forever, these tiles are going in my house.

And … I do want to write about my own particular clothing philosophy–at some point. In the meantime, some links on wardrobe planning and the meaning of clothes.

107. Karen Templar asks her readers about wardrobe planning.

108. On uniform dressing.

109. Also from Racked: less serious but if you feel like conceptualizing? (And yes, I did mean to share that in May. But no reason you can’t make this kind of statement for autumn or winter.)

110. If I were going to break away from my denim-and-handknits winter wardrobe, I’d go for something like this, I think.

111. I feel a certain push and pull when it comes to dressing in a feminine manner (eyeliner, right?)… I definitely identify with this piece, even though I don’t do full-on femme.

112. And one more Racked link, because Tracey Robey and because there are all kinds of ways clothes can be powerful.

What the Blazers?

Lately I’ve been thinking that my mostly denim wardrobe is in need of a good blazer. It would add a touch of sharpness, and would add some variety to my very limited outerwear options. (The down parka that I lived in during the long Yukon winters doesn’t get much use down here in the Raincity!)

I had originally been thinking of something very tailored, with shrunken sort of look. But I couldn’t find just the right pattern in my size, and got distracted by the Victoria Blazer, and now I’m going to make something epically slouchy and oversized. I can hear Charles shrieking “Don Johnson it!” and Jake bitching that he didn’t even have time to lotion his forearms, and I am into it.

The Victoria Blazer pattern was released a few years ago, and if you search the internets, it sounds like everybody and their dog sewed up one of these back in 2013. I’m entirely unconcerned with being behind the trend–it means that there is a lot of information out there already about the strengths and weaknesses of the pattern.

First, the weaknesses. Lucinda of Sew Wrong and Lara of Thornberry do a good job of outlining these, and I think it’s worth giving them both a read before you decide to buy this pattern. I wasn’t deterred by these negative reviews, but I am planning to make some alterations to address the issues with the lining and the lapels that are mentioned.

For some helpful advice with improving my Victoria, I’ll be using the following links:

And, By Hand London has a long-completed sew-along that I will definitely be referencing.


I picked up my fabric at Dressew yesterday: a goldenrod yellow boucle for the outer shell, and a bird print viscose for the collar, lapels, cuffs, and lining. I have also written out a plan for the alterations I want to incorporate.

I’ll Have to Make This Someday: Bettine

I’ve been in a little bit of a garment sewing mood since returning from my trip. This means I’m doing a little sewing, and a lot of looking for inspiration online.

It’s not really the season for a light little dress like Bettine, but I am definitely going to make this someday. I have a very similar dress from Modcloth that I wear a lot, so I know it will work on my body. Having a homemade version (or two) would be fab.

There are many lovely examples of Bettines on Pinterest for inspiration. I particularly like the two versions made by this lady (found via the Curvy Sewing Collective).

Link 16: On Sewing a Wedding Dress

I have to admit I read this post from The Craft Sessions with my heart in my mouth. I remembered the first post from January in which Felicia floated the idea of sewing her own wedding dress, and I just felt so worried that the “truth” of the dress was going to be some kind of heartbreaking disaster. Fortunately the “truth” isn’t a disaster, but it isn’t at all expected, either.