Copycat DIY: Lauren Moffatt

A few months ago, I fell head over heels for Lauren Moffatt‘s awesome Miss Lonelyheart’s Stripe Top in navy and cream. All her designs are amazing (she is one of my favorite designers), but I could not get this one striped shirt out of my head. I really wanted it. Or better yet, I really wanted to make it. And so I did.

Left: Lauren Moffatt Miss Lonelyhearts Stripe Top Right: DIY

How’d I do it?

I was able to find Japanese 100% cotton fabric at our local fabric store. For the pattern, I started with this easy McCall’s dress pattern and altered the neck, sleeves, and hemline. Before cutting into my two yards of precious Japanese fabric (which I used almost the entire amount of due to the way the stripes ran on the fabric), I made a muslin prototype so I could tweak it wherever I needed to. Once I worked out the kinks, I got down to cutting, sewing, and serging. A couple hours later, I had my shirt!

DIY Shirt Detail

The original top is sold out on Lauren Moffatt’s website, though some retailers may still have them in stock. They also released a similar style in red.

They say imitation is the highest form of flattery – hats off to you Ms. Moffatt!

Photos by Kristin Jones Heitzler

Get fresh with a mint dress

The best thing about the color mint? It never goes out of style and always brings a smile to your face.

The best thing about a figure flattering, classic cut, soft cotton dress in mint? You can wear it anywhere, through all seasons, for as many years as you want to, and look good doing it the entire time.

Add heels and a statement necklace for a night out or boots and a chunky sweater for work in the winter. This dress is a staple piece that will add refined style to any outfit. Channel your inner Mad Men….

Now for sale at Stripe. $240. Size M.

More photos to come.

Super Duper Dinosaur Psyched: Santa Cruz Sentinel Article

I was very excited this morning to see an article about my clothes in the Santa Cruz Sentinel! It’s great to see handmade clothing getting exposure and attention. I feel like it’s a lost art, and/or skill, that is slowly making a comeback and I am proud to be a part of that. You can read the full article at the Sentinel website.

Thanks for reading and supporting handmade clothing!

P.S. It’s my mom’s birthday today. Happy Birthday Mom! Love you!