Reverse Shibori Moneta

By Nanette Webb on  •  0 Comments

I bleached my dress, on purpose. A friend, who got married in a very small ceremony after college, invited me to a “celebration of marriage” dinner at Siam Cafe (which is so delicious, and the first time I’ve ever eaten jellyfish). After the dinner I had to meet my parents at the Phantasy in Lakewood […]

Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt

By Nanette Webb on  •  0 Comments

I admittedly had a hard time with this skirt. I was really dragging my feet when it came to working on it, and struggled to find motivation to finish it. Not that it was a difficult make; I just made it in such a summery material that, at this time of year, I have a […]

Colette Albion Coats

By Nanette Webb on  •  0 Comments

Finally! Here are the Colette Albion Coats I’ve been working on for months! One for my boyfriend and one for me. Previous winters, Josh was wearing a raincoat over a sweatshirt, and I was layering a fleece over a sweatshirt, so I figured it was time for new winter coats. These were taken at the […]

Named Wenona Shirtdress

By Nanette Webb on  •  0 Comments

The first time I wore this dress was to a donut-making class. I think that was maybe in late September? Here I am with a maple stick: The class was at Sur La Table, a wonderful gift from my boyfriend’s dad. We made four kinds of donuts. It was so sweet. We had a pretty […]

Wintery Wool Colette Zinnia

By Nanette Webb on  •  1 Comment

I started this wool skirt a month ago in anticipation of the impending “winter wonderland,” then set it aside for some last-minute gifty stuff. At the end of December I traveled to Charleston with my family and the dog to visit my sister. It was so wonderful — basking in the warm sun, drinking good […]

An Inspired Advent: Day 14

By Nanette Webb on  •  0 Comments

This is a scrappy, patchy, pleaty, little gift that is fun to make because you get to play with your little scraps of fabric…and I mean little! The biggest needs to be no larger than 6 1/2″ x 1″ or 2″ ! Moreover, and I’m a lot-a-bit afraid to admit, it was really fun doing […]

An Inspired Advent: Day 11

By Nanette Webb on  •  0 Comments

This is the time of year when lights and garland are draped over mantles and railings, ornaments are hung on trees, decorations placed wherever room is found, cookies and breads are constantly baking, gifts are bought and wrapped, houses are cleaned top to bottom… That’s a lot to do! The holidays always seem incredibly stressful; […]

An Inspired Advent: Day 10

By on  •  0 Comments

Transforming The Dress Shirt Pattern pattern for holiday-wear! Dressing for the holidays doesn’t have to be extreme glitz and glamour…although I DO want to make something with that matte sequins that Debbie used on her infinity scarf on Day 6. Wait! Where was I? Chic comfort…right. My husband and I are going to a Christmas […]

Victory Chloe

By Debbie Christensen on  •  1 Comment

Here it is, the Victory Chloe Dress! If you shop in our store, you may have seen this on display for quite a while. It took me probably as long to blog about this dress as it did to make it, which is  a long time! This dress was finished about three weeks ago, in […]

Welcome to Cleveland, Merchant & Mills!

By on  •  0 Comments

“In the time of swords and periwigs and full-skirted coats with flowered lappets – when gentlemen wore ruffles, and gold-laced waistcoats of paduasoy and taffeta – there lived a tailor in Gloucester. He sat in the window of a little shop in Westgate Street, cross-legged on a table, from morning till dark. All day long […]

“Indigo” Anna

By Debbie Christensen on  •  0 Comments

First, this dress is supposed to be indigo. That only kind of worked and I’m a little salty about it. I wanted to make myself a birthday dress, and after much waffling and Google-imaging, I decided on the By Hand London Anna Dress. Every dress I’ve seen made-up is absolutely gorgeous, but I wasn’t sure […]

Oh Georgia

By Debbie Christensen on  •  0 Comments

Sometimes when we get new fabric in, I know exactly what it will become. I love seeing a vision realized. Check it! This is the By Hand London Georgia Dress, made with this Tufted Polyester Organza. It’s kind of a crazy fabric, almost like wearing faux fur, but also with sparkles. Someone recently bought a […]

Tropical Saltspring

By on  •  0 Comments

Just in time for the end of summer, I’ve made a tropical-print summer dress! Actually, I’ll probably wear it all year… And it feels like summer has only just begun! This is the Sewaholic Saltspring in Suno Tropical Knit. I debated making this for a while because I wasn’t sure if it would be super […]

Linen Thurlow Shorts

By Debbie Christensen on  •  0 Comments

I’ve been planning these Sewaholic Thurlow shorts since last year. I’m not sure why they’ve taken me so long, though. I looooove this linen. It’s nice to have a pair of shorts without whales printed on them, because as much as I love them, they don’t really “go” with a lot of my stuff. Like […]

Deer and Doe Centauree

By Debbie Christensen on  •  0 Comments

If you haven’t seen the Deer & Doe Centauree Dress yet, check out these style lines! It’s s pretty simple summer dress, and very easy to construct, but it has interesting front seaming. As soon as I saw this design, I thought, “this would be a very cool dress for playing with stripes!” Instead I […]

Linen Zinnia

By Debbie Christensen on  •  0 Comments

This happens to me a lot, and I’m sure I’m not the only one, but I was going through my closet the other week, and I had absolutely nothing to wear. Really, I have plenty to wear. But I had to go to a wedding rehearsal, and I didn’t really have anything appropriate for it. […]

Meadow Maxi

By on  •  0 Comments

Standing in front of our patio garden is the Violette Field Threads Emmaline maxi dress. Emmaline “is a beautiful floor length maxi. The bodice features a ruffled halter neckline with an elastic back. One, two, or even three ruffles are included for a flowing, dreamy look.” Not much wind today, so I haven’t seen the […]

Tops and Bottoms

By on  •  0 Comments

I’ve been on a bit of a bra kick lately. I’ve been fiddling with it, and I think I’ve gotten the fit close enough that I decided it was time to make the bra that I’ve had burned into my brain for months: a lacy longline. Here it is! Isn’t it lovely? The ivory lace […]