April Sewing Challenge Day 7. A Mod, Vintage Inspired Dress Just in Time for Mad Men!

Here we are, Day 7 of my April Sewing Challenge.  If you’re just joining me, I have set a goal of listing one new item in my Etsy Shop for each weekday in April.  If my math is correct, I’m a third of the way there, but I tell ya, I’m getting worn out–this is tough!!

Today’s creation is a Military Inspired Shift Dress.  I used the same pattern that I did for the Tartan Dress that I posted yesterday, the Norah by Mouse House Creations.  This time I added short sleeves for a different look.


I may have found a new favourite pattern, here!  I luurrve me a vintage silhouette–there’s nothing cuter to me than a little girl in a short, peter pan collared shift dress with tights!  I have a few similar patterns in my arsenal, many of them are actual vintage paper patterns. I really like this one specifically because it has several sleeve options:  short, long, and sleeveless, as well as three collar options.  Vintage patterns also usually come in only one size, and this beauty includes sizes 12 months to 12 years!  I suspect I’ll be making these for Miss P for years to come!


These are gold, nautical buttons that I’ve been hoarding for a while–nice to see them put to use finally!


It was SOOO nice to take pictures outside today!  I feel like Spring might actually be here to stay–finally!

ImageThe fabric I used is another Robert Kaufman.  It’s a cotton/linen blend, and was really nice to work with.  The dress is partially lined with a vintage floral cotton from my stash.

ImageI find that whenever a new season of Mad Men is near, i pump out a lot of sixties inspired creations.  Looking forward to the premiere on Sunday!! 🙂


Thanks for stopping by!  Until tomorrow…

xo, Heather


My latest contribution to The Collective Good



Hello there! Welcome to my very first blog post–bear with me while I navigate my way around…



I’ve been busy sewing the last few days, preparing my latest mini collection for The Collective Good , my sister’s most beautiful and special design shop located in Whitehorse, Yukon (my homeland).

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Because winter is hanging around way longer than it should, I specifically chose bright and cheerful colours that at least remind us of spring.  I found this cool ikat-inspired print at Fabricland and paired it with a hot pink solid for a bit of contrast.

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The pattern is the Perfect Party Dress by the lovely and talented Jen at Tie Dye Diva–I love her patterns!

If you’re in the Whitehorse area, pop into The Collective Good this weekend and see them in person! xo