Tag Archives: Cloud 9

Oliver + S Hide-and-Seek Dress

18 Mar

Oliver + S released 3 new spring patterns last week!

Even though I got a sneak peak at them since I was a pattern tester and sample sewer, I was simply giddy when the new patterns arrived in the mail late last week.

My favorite of the three new patterns is the Hide-and-Seek Dress.  I adore the welted pockets along the front seams.   I opted to use one fabric  for the outer part of the dress, and another for the facing.

I made H. using organic cotton from Cloud 9. The outer fabric is from the Up, Up, & Away collection from Skinny Laminx.

Hide and seek dress  

For the facing, I used a print from the Nature’s Walk collection.


While I was testing the pattern, I made a 0-6 month version using prints from the O + S City Weekend collection I had in my stash.


I love this pattern so much that I have a tunic version in the works.



Weekend Binge Sewing

18 Mar

Our weekends have been packed as of late, so it was nice to finally have one with a bit more downtime.  I took full advantage of having some extra time this weekend by tackling a few sewing projects and finishing up some knitting.

Using organic canvas by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cloud 9, I made this large tote bag and wristlet. The tote will go a dear friend of mine as part of her birthday present.

tote and wristlet  

I’ve been admiring some of the creations made from the Coco pattern so much so that I was inspired to make my own.  I made a very simple dress version using Ponte de Roma knit in charcoal.


I’ve also been sewing some of the new Oliver + S spring patterns, but I’ll save those for future posts.

We are still in winter mode up here in Boston, so I’ve been knitting a few accessories to get us through the rest of the winter.

H. & J. have new mittens.  I made these using bulky variegated, merino wool from Morehouse Farms.

mittens  mittens


For me, I finished the Elena Cowl using 4 skeins of Quince and Co.’s Chickadee in Iceland.


I’m trying to knit my way out of winter and sew myself into spring.  More spring sewing projects coming up…




Spring Dresses

5 Apr

Spring has finally arrived in Boston.  For the past few weeks, I’ve been getting ready for the warmer weather by sewing a number of spring dresses.

I made a sample of the Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress for JP Knit and Stitch.  This is another reversible version, so I used a print from Erin McMorris’s Moxie line accompanied by orange gingham .

Roller Skate Dress

For the reverse side, I used a small peacock print from the Birds and Berries line by Lauren and Jessi Jung.

Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress

I recently taught a workshop on the Schoolhouse Tunic.  As my demo tunic, I used this lovely fabric a friend brought back for me from Yu Chau Street in Hong Kong.

School House Tunic

I made two Kimono Dresses to give a birthday presents.

For K., I used AMH cotton voile.

Kimono Dress

I used boarder print rayon to make this one for A.


I’m scheduled to teach a workshop on the Washi Dress, so I made two versions of the dress to help me prepare.  I loved doing the shirring at the back of the dress.  There was something so satisfying watching the elastic stink up after I blasted it with steam.

I made the scoop neck version using “Raise the Roof” by Jay McCarroll from my stash.

Washi Dress  Washi Dress

For JP Knit and Stitch store sample, I made the cut out version of the Washi Dress using organic cotton from Cloud 9’s Tsuru collection.

Washi Dress  Washi Dress

I have another spring dress lined up, so hopefully, I’ll be able to share that with you soon.

Roller Skate Dress

6 Mar

I love sewing samples and testing sewing patterns.  It’s been a fun way to be part of someone else’s creative process as well as get a sneak peek of forthcoming patterns.  I still get excited every time I get an e-mail from Liesl asking if I would be up for testing.  You can read more about what goes into the making of and Oliver + S pattern here.  I feel pretty lucky to have a small role in the whole process.

In December, I started testing and sewing samples for the Spring/Summer ’13 Oliver + S patterns.  As soon as I saw the Roller Skate Dress, I knew this pattern would be in regular rotation in my sewing queue.  In fact, I can’t stop making these dresses.

I made H.view a of the Roller Skate dress in size 8 using the Flora print from Julia Rothman’s Miscellany line for Cloud 9.  Since it is still winter here in New England, H. has been wearing this dress with layers underneath.

Roller Skate Dress  

I made another version of the dress in size 10 to see if it could be reversible.  To make the dress reversible, I added another button loop to the lining, sewed on buttons to both sides in the back for the dress, and left the hem length the same for both sides of the dress.  I decided to leave off the center bow since it might be a bit uncomfortable if it were facing the body.

I used 1000 Cranes in Indigo from Rashida Coleman-Hale’s latest line for Cloud 9.  There are so many beautiful prints in the Tsuru line.  Of course, the fact that all of Cloud 9’s fabrics are made out of organic cotton is a bonus.  For the other side, I used Alexander Henry’s April Showers print.  I’ve had this in my stash for quite some time.

This dress will be given to a very very special Portland girl for her April birthday, so it seemed only natural to use this print for the reverse side (Sorry for the spoiler, Nance).  I’m hoping my niece loves it as much as I do.

For dress number 3, I made view B with the contrasting yoke.


I used a print from Erin McMorris’s La-Dee-Da line and polka dots from Delphine Cubitt for the yoke.

the lining, I used poplin from the Spring Little Lisette collection. Can you tell which side H. prefers?


Didn’t I warn you that I can’t stop sewing this dress?  The simple silhouette is so versatile   I love the capped sleeves; they were one of my favorite details in the Bubble Dress. I can’t wait to try adding applique to a future iteration of this dress.  Oh, the options.  I can’t wait to see what your Roller Skate dresses/tunics look like!

Straight Stitch Society’s Latest Patterns

14 Nov

Just in time for holiday sewing, Straight Stitch Society has released two new patterns.  Like the first set of patterns, these two are great way to transform fabric scrapes into functional and adorable goods.

The Keep Your Cool Smart Phone Case is a fun way to keep your phone, keys, and subway card all in one handy case.  There is a hidden pocket inside the case small enough to hold a library card or even a few dollars. I made view 1 with scrapes from my fabric drawer.  H. quickly claimed this as her own and uses it to house one of our old iPhones she uses as a music player.  Since the case has hidden pocket inside, she stashes her library card in the case.  I added a clip at the end, so she can attach it to a belt loop or her back pack.

Views 2 and 3 are just as adorable.

Keep you cool smartphone case

Image from Straight Stitch Society

The Have It All Wallet pattern lives up to its name.  Since there are so many pockets, I bought mine on a recent trip, and it held everything from my passport, bank card, phone, pesos, and lip balm. I was too busy enjoying myself that I forgot to snap a photo.

For view 2, I used fabric from Oliver + S’s The Ladies’ Stitching Club collection and a polka dot print from Robert Kaufman.  I opted to add the bow to this view.


I made an organic cotton version using prints from Cloud 9.


For view 1, I used prints from two of my fabric collections: Lotta Jansdotter’s Echo and Oliver + S’s Modern Workshop.


You’ll be seeing more of these since I have quite a few on tap for the upcoming gift-giving season.

Oliver + S Book Report Dress

4 Sep

I love when the new Oliver + S patterns get announced.  With every new season and new release, I find so much inspiration.  This season is no different. Ever since I caught a glimpse of the new fall patterns, I’ve been making a list of all the fabric possibilities.  I’ve been saving one of my favorite Cloud 9 print for the perfect pattern.  I found it in the Book Report Dress.


I used the Hydrangea print from the Cut Out & Keep collection Heather Moore designed for Cloud 9 accompanied with Alexander Henry’s Garden Pin Dot.

Paired with her latest favorite pair of jeans, H.wore it on Monday during a Whale Watching adventure.


I have a corduroy version of the dress in the works. If only there were an adult version.  I would be all over it!

On a different note, I feel very fortunate to be occasionally be asked to sew up samples.  My super, talented friend Anna has launched a beautiful line of hand knit children’s clothing call Misha and Puff. A pair of pants I sewed for her using double gauze is in the latest issue of Papier Mache.


I love the way professional photography can transform the things I make. I sure do feel like one lucky gal.

Diplomat Dress in Cloud 9

18 Jul

I am huge fan of Cloud 9 Fabrics and always look forward to seeing the collaborations with various artists and designers.  One of their recent collaborations was with artist Geninne Zlatkis to develop Alegria. One of my favorite prints in this line is Triangle in Gold.

Earlier this month, I decided to use this print to make another Lisette Diplomat Dress in preparation for an upcoming workshop I’m teaching.

I really like the dress in this rich yellow.  If you are ever in the neighborhood, you can get a closer look at it over at JP Knit and Stitch.