1. Pattern: Butterick 5948 (2001)

    Fabric: Cotton, salvaged from a dress a friend found at SCRAP

    After cutting open this ill-fitting frock and puzzling over mixed pattern pieces, I altered a basic sleeveless shape to have an open lower back, maximizing fabric and playfulness.

  2. Pattern: Shirt - Butterick 5948 (2001), Pants - Simplicity 9537 (2000)

    Fabric: Lightweight sheer cotton bought in Afghanistan by a friend

    This incredibly soft, vibrant print seemed quite appropriate for a monogrammed summer pajama set. A wide, cropped tank and high-waisted drawstring pants allow for maximum comfort, all the while taking lounging to a classy, personalized level. The monogram is based off of an unknown typeface found on a concert flyer.

  3. Pattern: Simplicity 6027 (1965)

    Fabric: Cotton-linen blend from my great grandmother (circa 1960s)

    Made from fabric passed down through a few generations, this shirt is reminiscent of an outfit with a matching scalloped skirt that my mother made me over a decade ago .

  4. Pattern: Butterick 6549 (early 1970’s)

    Fabric: EDMA by Beckmans College of Design for IKEA (2010)

    Originally a scrap of fabric my mother bought to recover a chair, these friendly faces were much less offended when sat on in the form of a simple, A-line skirt.

  5. Pattern: Vogue V8615 (2009)

    Fabric: ANNAMOA by Lotta Kühlhorn for IKEA (2012)

    Whipped up this gem weeks before my departure to Italy in the Summer of 2012. Whimsically clashing with classic, sober Milanese style, I finally found the appropriate opportunity to debut this dress swing dancing on my twenty-second birthday.