Jalie 2921


Living in New Mexico, how could I not make a top with the word “burrito” in  the instructions?

Beloved by sewists everywhere (autocorrect tried to change that to “sexists,” but I prevailed), Jalie 2921 lives up to the hype. Beautifully drafted, clear how-to’s, and ingenious construction method.

It’s a fairly distinctive silhouette, so I probably won’t make another one until a vintage-y print calls my name. And then I might shorten the ties.

Have you made this pattern? Where do you stand on burritos?


Power Skirt

It’s more than what it looks like–really. 


Or as Sandra Betzina calls it in Power Sewing Step-by-Step,  “Terrific Tube Skirt.” I’m wearing it with second-hand Kork Ease sandals, although the early 2000s block heels shown in the book made me nostalgic.

One yard of fabric; one seam with 1.5″ allowance.  (It hangs so beautifully!)  I used her ruching technique on the back hem. The fabric is Marcy Tilton’s black “Parisian Plus” knit, no longer available. It reminds me of a pair of Sympli pants that I wore to death.

And there it is. Sometimes you just need a quick fix.


Ruched detail along back seam.
Blurry “styling” photo with latest thrifting score: Eileen Fisher chambray shirt jacket, tags still on. Woot!