07.09.14Summer with Suzannah of Adventures in Dressmaking!

We have such a fun style inspiration post today from the lovely Suzannah of Adventures in Dressmaking! What I love about Suzannah’s blog is that her projects are always meant for the LONG term. So so so often I sew something and then wear it once because it ended up not be the style I love or because I just have no idea how to actually wear said item well. My favorite repeat posts of AIDM is the “how to wear it posts”. Okay, so you made an amazing but very unique outfit, nowwwwwwww how to wear it. Whenever I feel like I am getting into a wardrobe “funk” these posts kick me right back out again! Then add into it her gorgeous food photography (her IG feed makes me drool) and home decor posts and well, I am certainly hooked! Thank you so much Suzannah!

Suzannah from Adventures in Dressmaking here, so happy to get to share some French ideas on Kelly’s lovely blog – oh, how I love watching her Instagram adventures with her well-dressed children as they travel beautiful places in Europe! I know Kelly is much more of an expert on quintessential French style than I am, but I do have some images in my head – I wanted to share with you some DIY ideas for recreating classic French summer looks with some fabulous sewing tutorials!

When I think French summer style, I think classic black and white stripes, red accents, and maybe a lightweight trench. Blue and red work, too! And some glam sunglasses, and a simple tote. Something like this…


Maybe you already have the perfect classy bright summer skirt or soft Petit Bateau knit in your closet, but if not… here are some ideas for fun DIY versions you can do of some very French summer-appropriate looks!

Here’s what I’d do!

French summer-inspired DIY ideas

I love this polka dot dress. It’s a totally basic fitted bodice style, and a simple gathered skirt. You could lengthen the sleeves on this basic dress pattern (adding even extra for the cuffs), and use a less full, gathered skirt! (I’ve used Simplicity 2444 umpteen times, and Simplicity 1873 is also a good one!)


Circle skirts are the BEST. How about a bright red one, or a check?

You don’t need a pattern for a circle skirt, but here’s a very thorough circle skirt calculator so you can draft your own!


Make your own comfy tee out of a navy and white stripe knit and a simple knit top pattern like this one by Dixie DIY!


My favorite sewing successes are when I’ve made myself things that I really love and can wear in my everyday life. I think a chic, Paris summer-inspired DIY may be perfect for the next time people like us want to get creative!

Thanks so much for having me, Kelly!

Readers, join me at Adventures in Dressmaking for more sewing and DIY ideas!

Don’t you just want to run out and buy some striped fabric and those fabulous patterns? Yes, yes I do ha!

Thank you again Suzannah!



07.08.14Sizzling With Welcome To The Mouse House

EKKKKKK!!!!! I am positively giddy about todays post! My jaw dropped and I gasped when I saw it.  Hayley from Welcome To The Mouse House is as gorgeous as the amazing creations she shares on her eye candy of a blog. My hands down favorite dress pattern for me was created by this meticulous and oh so detailed pattern creator. (It is the Caroline dress (here) if you are looking for a perfect fitting and SUPER versatile dress pattern). I am so thankfully she was willing to help out with the blog during the big move not only because, lets admit it I need all the help I can get, but MORE because I knew, just KNEW she would create something drool worthy and I was right!! Here is the tiniest of sneak peaks. You have to hop over here to Welcome To the Mouse House to see all the GORGEOUSNESS that is her Parisian inspired outfit.

Now, does someone in Utah have a sewing machine I can use because I have GOT to make my girls those clover shorts STAT!!! No way can I wait until mine arrives! Hayley, as always everything about this is stunning!!! Thank you so very much!

Are ya’ll having as much fun seeing these as I am? Loving it!



PS Sadly enough today is our last day in Paris. Heaven help us on the ten and a half hour flight tomorrow. Blerg. It has to end sometime right?

07.01.14Delia Creates Sizzles

I have been following Delia’s blog, Delia Creates for as long as I can remember and have loved watching her blog go from uh-mazing to what I believe could pretty much be top shelf magazine cover worthy every day. She makes the simplest of items looks just absolutely stunning in her still photography. I have now made all but one of her Crochet tutorials (I am getting to that last one ASAP).  And every time she posts a sewing project I think, pardon my French, “oh man, I soooo want to make that immédiatement!”   How she does it all I have NO idea! But I am so glad she does! Hop on over to Delia Creates to see the gorgeous outfit she made inspired by Paris in the summer!


Thank you so so much Delia for helping me during this crazy time!



In The Summer When It Sizzles

Our time in Paris is coming to a close. Our departure date was moved WAY up due to a very unfortunate event that happened earlier this week. Many of you have also commented asking about the absence of Wild Wandering. For the time being we have made our personal blog private until we decide how to move forward. Thanks for all your support in that area! To help alleviate the stress of moving and trying to keep the blog semi active during this HUGE transition, I called upon some of the super talented ladies in this lovely sewing world and asked if they would create something inspired by Paris in the summer, when it is sizzling.

psris2 The line up is filled with girls I am so inspired by and absolutely love!

Delia Creates

No Big Dill

Welcome to the Mouse House

Adventures In Dress Making

Simple Simon and Co.

Lexi Made

Schwin & Schwin

The Sewing Rabbit

Aesthetic Nest 

& of course yours truly!

I am so excited for all the Parisian inspired goodness! Now if it would just start sizzling here!




06.20.14Who Needs Some Leather?

With posting all these leather tutorials lately I am so happy that Leather Hide Store offered to do a giveaway! What fun is it to see all these fun projects if you can’t make them? The Leather Hide Store is offering a $50 dollar gift card for you to stock up on fun leather! All you need to do is “like” them on facebook HERE and then hop over and “like” Sewing In No Mans Land HERE, leave a comment saying what you would make with your leather and letting me know you “Liked” and you will be entered (if you are awesome and already “like” us both just mention it in the comments). This giveaway is only open to residents of the US and Canada.

I thought it would be fun to do a roundup of the leather projects aside from mine that I am LOVING lately that you could undertake with the leather you pick with your GC.

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 What I love about all these projects is they only require a small amount of leather but make a big impression! Thank you Leather Hide for teaming up for this fun series and good luck!