hi, i'm maggie.

{like the rod stewart song}

i'm a quirky millennial living in the bay area who loves dark beer, hiking, exposed brick, and creative endeavors, in particular sewing for my four nieces: nora, etta, maya, and neela.

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bee mine

bee mine

if i had one regret about my 2015 sewing it's that I didn't make enough for my older nieces nora and etta. at 5 and 7 they are a tad pickier than 3 year old maya and baby neela. so I promised myself the first project of 2016 would be for them.

when oliver + s announced their pattern mash up challenge i knew i had to try it. so over the next few weeks of commuting i developed a vision came together that combined four different oliver + s patterns.

I knew the fabric would be the mustang heart from cotton and steel that victor's aunt and uncle had given me for the holidays. looking through my stash I found a soft orange cotton that accented the coral and tangerine hearts perfectly.

i started with view b of the jump rope dress, a style I've admired since seeing gail's version for stylo. that placket was a little intimidating but with the oliver + s instructions it came out beautifully (and my pattern matching is pretty sublime if I do say so myself).

I used the accent color for the inner placket fabric, which lends a little pop of color.

i also was able to sneak in the accent color on the under collar.

since it's a shirt dress I decided to add in the swooping shirt hem line from the sailboat top.

to accomplish this I had to modify the slightly a-line style of the jump rope dress to a more straight cut, extending down from the arm perpendicular. this ended up only taking about an inch from the width and the bottom.

i completed the hem with a facing in my accent color. 

the print was had a distinct repeat so I knew the gathered patch pockets from the jump rope dress, while adorable, wouldn't work. so I used the inseam ones from the playtime dress. Naturally I used this as another opportunity to sneak in my accent fabric.

finally for the sleeves I went with a favorite pattern of mine: the three quarter length sleeves with contrasting cuff from the library dress.

the end result is pretty adorable. 


aunt maggie


having them all

having them all

flat set sleeves

flat set sleeves