wrap dressing

I’m gearing up to sew this summer. I literally have not sewn a complete dress for 12 years.  I sewed a Marilyn Monroe white dress for my cousin for Halloween back in 2000.  I clearly remember cursing through the whole process.  I also remember thinking — no wonder fine clothing is so expensive — this is hard!!!  I’m going to start by sewing a version of the Swirl wrap dress. Partly because I love this style of dress but also because there is no zipper or sleeves involved.

swirl-dress-on-etsy-swanee grace
Images via SwaneeGrace. Click on the image to be taken to her shop on Etsy.

I bought three vintage patterns from Etsy.  I will sew something very similar to the dress above.vintage-patterns-from-etsy

I am getting ahead of myself but I already did buy fabric.  I just had to.  I bought this fabric by Sarah Watts.


I initially thought that I could sew a dress using vintage sheets but when I shopped around I couldn’t find anything I liked.  I’ll keep looking.  The green dress below is made from a vintage sheet.  I found it on Flickr.  I love it.  I’d live in that dress.  Both the dresses below are made by Wendy Hill.

Images via Wendy Hill. Click on the image to be taken to her shop on Etsy.

These dresses below are also made with vintage sheets.  I think they are absolutely stunning.   They would look especially fabulous if they were  worn by a gaggle of bridesmaids.  They were designed and created by Naughty Shorts.

Image via Naughty Shorts. Click on the image to be taken to her blog.

And if all that isn’t enough inspiration for you — I’m also thinking of trying to knock-off the tie-front Mociun dress.  It has the same ease as the Swirl wrap dress.

There are a lot of sewing ladies on the interwebs doing their best to make their own version of that dress.  My favorite version is made by Sarah over on I wish I were Nancy Drew.


One last thing.  Remember when I wrote about how Lynda.com is the best new thing in the world?  Well — it still is, BUT I have discovered another best new thing — Creativebug.  Creativebug is like Lynda.com but for crafters.  I’m pretty sure I’ll watch some instructional videos before I start sewing.

xo jam

Spring 2013 Style Inspiration


This is my style inspiration for Spring 2013.   I have a version of this army coat already.  I got it second hand for like $12.00.  The cat tank is by Leah Goren. I kinda want cat motifs on everything –like this bag. I have two pairs of black tapered jeans.  I got both of them second hand and then hemmed them to skimmer length.   I got these boots via Zappos. Shoes are the thing that I can’t buy second hand.  The earrings are from the etsy shop — My So Called Vintage.  The jeans image is via The Chanel Charade. You can find similar style shots on my jam style pinterest board.