Done and Done: The Sleeveless Chambray Archer

Is there such a thing as an “impulse make?” That’s the only way I can think to describe this top. When I started getting ready to speed-sew my cream and gold Archer Button up ,  I mused that a sleeveless version in the polka dot chambray I had been hoarding would be perfect for spring. As I got ready to start cutting, I realized that the long-sleeved top would be way to hot for the concert I was planning on wearing it to, so I bumped up my sewing plans and cut out the sleeveless shirt, too. From just being an idea to becoming a fully-formed blouse, this top took less than a week to make – which is really weird for me as I have become a super sewing planner. But I couldn’t be happier with it. 

Sew long, summer: A back-to-school transition capsule

End-of-summer sewing is always a very emotional thing for me. As a teacher, I am using my last weeks of summer vacation to finish up projects I didn’t get done over the break and mentally prepare myself for another school year. I also try to sew my “first day” outfit as it’s a good icebreaker…

One more top with that McCall’s pattern

Apparently, I cannot get enough of this pattern. As part of my vacation shopping list, “something backless” was one of my requirements. I was inspired by this pin I kept staring at all spring. I decided to go with a low back  – low enough to keep me cool, but not so low that I can’t…