Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Upcycle Your Clothes

I'm offering sewing classes in Montreal. Come join me in the New Year and give your wardrobe a face lift.  All skill levels welcome.

Spaces are limited. Sign up now.

Sewing Class

*refund policy - 100% until Feb 8.  50% until February 13th. 
Classes will be held at

  • Centre Communidée                       
  • 137 St-Ferdinand #153                     
  • Montreal, Quebec                               
  • H4C 2S6                                              
  • (514) 394-0855 
Sewing machines not required, but bring it if you have one.

Contact me if you have questions.

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Dye Job

Can it be? 10 months later and I'm posting again?  Don't get too excited, no Moo Moo today. We've moved to Montreal to a smaller home (well, lower condo/row house) with MUCH less room for all of my projects and every thing that comes with them. I have yet to settle my sewing machine in a happy place, but I'm working on it.  I'm teaching an "Upcycle your Clothes" camp for kids in July, so I shall have my machines up and running well before that. I've been keeping busy over at Design Inkarnation, keeping my creative vibes vibing.

Before that, though, I'll be heading to BC, and while there, I'll be going to a wedding. I have this lovely dress a friend gave me last year that I've yet to wear. It's perfect for a spring wedding, with one flaw: it's white.  I tried to reason that I could just wear it anyway, but, alas, there will be people with eyes there, and what will they think??  As much as I like to think that I am able to live outside of social constructs, the truth is that it's really a prison that's always going to be there.  So I'll play along with this one.

We shopped last weekend to get appropriate wedding-going attire for my husband. We ended up getting him a blue shirt, which pretty much paved way for a little dress dye job.  I do love it in white, and I wanted to keep some of that. I decided to try a sort of dip method with the dye. I wet the skirt, then bundled it up with elastics. I dipped it in the dye solution to about 18  inches up the skirt and let it sit only for a minute or two, then I raised it ever so gradually until just the bottom few inches rested in the dye.  I did this outside over plastic on a table, using my clothes line to support the dress. I recommend keeping the dress on a hanger, should you try this at home.  It makes it easier to move without accidentally blemishing the upper part of the fabric with dyed fingers/gloves.

I rinsed as the box said and hung to dry. I wish I had taken a photo at this stage, but I didn't.  The elastics left a few spots that were totally white, but not in stripes like you might expect. It left white splotches that looked like pelvic bones x 2 (I kid you not) and two in the front that could have been my ovaries.  Very anatomical, but not the look I was going for.

So I hung it back over the plastic and poured small scoops of dye down the skirt. After, I went in with a paintbrush and painted in some wispy stripes on top to give it a softer gradient.  This is what it looks like now, still wet:

And now that it's dry, here is a quick snap or two of a body in it. 

The actual colour is a bit more saturated than the photos show.  I have some cute navy fishnets I'll wear with it and I even have a spiffy vintage hat ... still to be decided if  I actually wear it. 

I asked my almost 12 yr old daughter what she thought of the dress. She said, "Well, it's very you."  
Ahem. I'm not sure how I feel about that statement. Good or bad, at least it's "me".  Hopefully the people with eyes will deem it acceptable. If not, I'll win them over with my crooked smile and great personality. ;p

Moo Moo to come. Soon. Ish.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Moo Moo 76 Simple Simon

Yes, it's time for Moo Moo 76 to come out into the world. Originally I started with this beige/flesh toned medium weight cotton because I was born in 76 and I figured I'd do some wacky version of a 'birthday suit'.  But, as things went, I decided on less quirky, decidedly more simple cuteness.  It's got plaid pockets! I cut out the front part of the pockets a bit (you can see best in the final photo) in a half moon shape so the plaid could shine through a wee bit.  That's a lovely textured espresso coloured vintage button at the neckline and a bandanna inspired red cotton belt.  Yeehaw!

Thanks to my daughter for taking the fab photos for me.  She says she doesn't enjoy being my photographer, but she giggles all the way through it.  xo

Thanks for stopping by. This is my last photoshoot in my suburban Ontario neighbourhood.  Next stop? Montreal.

Don't forget about my crazy 60% off sale on everything in my etsy shop. On until June 8th!!! That's like almost right now!


Jules Mae

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Yes, yes, I am FINALLY moving.  I need to liquidate, baby!  I'm offering a whopping 60% off my already reduced prices in my etsy shop on anything in the store until JUNE 8th.  Also, If you see something on my blog that hasn't been added to my etsy shop, let me know and we can perhaps strike a deal!   Visit and use coupon code MOVING at the checkout.

Thanks a bunch!


Jules Mae

Monday, February 6, 2012

Crochet, Crotch-it?

Where in the heck-n-heck have you been, Jules Mae? That's a good question. I'm still here. I'm still creating. I'm still trying to move my family to another province.  Lately I've been devoting a lot of energy to my other passion: design and illustration.

And guess what?  I'm teaching myself how to crochet.  My kids call it crotch-it, and I'm inclined to like the sounds of that better.  Silly is good.   I found this how-to guide at the thrift store and I decided it was time.
I'm learning to knit, too, but I think crocheting is more fun.

This is my third hat. It's got a bit of a vintage flair, like a cloche.

Moo moos are still coming!  Seriously. You will be so excited when they do, I know. Thanks for waiting with baited breath.

Jules Mae

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Long Awaited Moo Moo 75!

It's here! It's here! Really and truly.  This may very well be my last Moo Moo creation for 2011, and I'm so looking forward to continuing on with the final 25 in the new year.

This moo is fun and festive, with a mushroomed skirt featuring random tucks and pleats, as well as a lovely fabric flower adornment at the waist.  Wear it with or without the wide belt which ties into a nice large bow at the back.  The belt loops are made of espresso brown velvet ribbon.  The 3/4 length wide sleeves give it a darling vintage whimsy.  Tucks at the upper waist/bust line add a little shape, which we all know is what is mostly always missing from a moo moo.

Hope you all enjoy a lovely holiday season.  Thanks for sticking with me!


Jules Mae

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Moo Moo 74 Dainty and Delicious

Welcome back to Moo Moo 100.  I took a short break over the summer and I thought we'd start the new season off with a rather dainty, un-moo moo like Moo Moo.  The skirt of this dress is basically the fullness of the Moo Moo pattern gathered into the bodice, which happens to be a modified bra pattern.  I made the boobs pointier to give it more of a vintage edge, and 'cause who doesn't want pointy boobs?
The skirt is sheer, hence the leggings. The dress ties in the back with the butterfly ribbon like what is shown on the front
The hat is from a vintage mad cap pattern and is super fun to wear.  See my post here for more on the hat:  Eleanor.

Thanks so much for stopping by! It's good to be back.

Enjoy your Sunday,

Jules Mae

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Wedding Garters

Soft and subtle, I made these for a client this week. I do take custom orders for wedding garters.  I sell them in pairs (one to throw and one to keep) - $55 per pair.   Contact me for more details.

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your Sunday.

Jules Mae

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Mad Cap 3 MURIAL

I need to start naming these.  How about Murial. Murial is refined, yet, often the most playful chick in the room.  She has a keen sense of style, but doesn't let it compete with her personality.  She's soft, with a wild side; nice enough to take home to meet Mother, and wild enough to to make even you blush a little.

Meet Murial.

I suppose I should name the first two ...

Meet Eliza Jane.
She's a feather in your cap, and a confident gem of a pal. She knows what she wants and knows how to get it.

Meet Eleanor.
She's soft and salty like a cool ocean breeze, ready for you to sweep her off her feet into adventure.

Thanks for stopping by!  

Jules Mae

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

1940s Style Mad Cap 2

This is a second hat I constructed from the same material as the first, but went a softer direction with the accents.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

1940s Style Mad Cap

So, I love hats.  I love vintage. Vintage hats .... uhhmagahh! So, I've decided to start experimenting with some vintage hat patterns, not forsaking the Moo Moo 100 project, but just throwing hats in there from time to time to keep my creative limbs limber.

Here is my first go at this 1940s hat pattern.  I think it's rather the cat's meow. It can be worn to the side, front or back - just secure it with a bobby pin or two.  Easy peasy.  Check out the darling vintage brooch.  The bow and brooch are removable, so you can change it up to suit your mood.

Made from rescued fabric. Earth-loving, as always.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Moo Moo 72 and 73 - Wee Moo

I'm back.  And no, I'm not the Incredible Shrinking Woman.  This is my little friend who has agreed to model these to very lovely Wee Moos.   ADORABLE ... and the moo moos are pretty cute, too.

Thanks for stopping in.  I hope you are enjoying what's left of July!

See you next week,

Jules Mae

Sunday, July 3, 2011


Here's the low-down.  I'm taking an unplanned break from the project while we complete renovations on our home and put it up for sale.  We're moving to the beautiful city of Montreal!  I'll be sure and post any new additions to Moo Moo 100 as I find time to work on them. Thanks for following along with me for this long!  I look forward to continuing onward.

In the meantime, All of my Moo Moos are currently on sale for $50 ea (+ shipping & handling - $10-14+). Do not purchase from my Etsy Shop, but please visit it to see what is available (

maeclothing?section_id=6970982), then post on my Facebook Page to buy and get the deal. For a limited time only.

Enjoy your summer.

Many thanks,

Jules Mae

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Moo Moo 71 - Sailor-esque

Navy and white stripes .... I love this one.  It's a medium weight knit. I've included smocking, of course, and I think it works particularly well on this piece.  The red cropped cover-up is for those sudden beach-side breezes.   So comfy and still so sassy!

I photographed this last week and have since added spaghetti straps to the striped dress.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Jules Mae