Posted on October 2, 2015
I’ve written about thread before, including my obsession with this microscopic analysis of thread fibers. I love the idea that at the tiniest scale, thread ISN’T the same, and that the threads we use when we sew can make a difference in the quality of our results. The longer I make clothing (and the more full my closet becomes), the more I want to focus my sewing on investment items, and I want them to be the very best they can be–the best construction, the best workmanship, and good materials.
Posted on September 22, 2015
I said I was going to make it, and I did. And I LURVE it.
Posted on September 16, 2015
Today over on Sew, Mama, Sew I’m sharing a tutorial for making the Flip Flop Dress with a variation in the waistline seam. When I was manufacturing children’s clothing for a local design boutique, I made my garments in bulk–which required me to dip into the toolkit manufacturers use to reduce both fabric bulk and sewing time for each garment made. With this tutorial, I’m applying one of these techniques to the Flip Flop Dress–and sharing some of the insider tips that are tucked inside the pattern instructions to help make ALL your sewing faster and cleaner!
See the post here, and happy sewing!
Posted on September 15, 2015
Posted on September 11, 2015
Posted on September 3, 2015
This is my fourth version of the Sew Together Bag.
Previously this year, I made THREE of these puppies as pencil pouches for my children for school. Act of motherly loving self-sacrifice, it was.
I don’t think this fourth version will be my last, but I’m not sure yet–the Sew Together Bag is a super versatile shape and great for storage, so I’d like to consider a second for travel. Then I could have one for skin care and one for makeup, or maybe another for hair accessories. (As a side note, it’s a great organizer for hand sewing or small purse items, so it makes a really charming companion for the Côte d’Azur Tote–you could make a matching set!)
Posted on September 1, 2015
Posted on August 28, 2015
When my mother went away to college, her grandmother made her this quilt for her dorm room bed. When I went away to college, my mother gave it to me for the same purpose. After so many years and so much use, it isn’t holding together as well as it used to, but now (thanks to an Ikea shadowbox frame), my mom and sisters and I can all each have a little piece of family on our walls all the time.
Posted on August 25, 2015
I love the planning part of sewing. Love, love, love it. Choosing the pattern, seeking out the perfect fabric–or finding a fabric, and tracking down the perfect pattern–is the STUFF. I always have eyes bigger than my stomach, and tend to make piles and PILES of folded, prewashed fabrics stacked with the pattern I’d like to pair them with.
The problem is in the execution. The planning is fun because it doesn’t require any ACTION. But as Henry Ford famously said, “You can’t build a reputation on what you are GOING to do.” At some point, all those projects have got to get sewn up.
Posted on August 18, 2015
Who loves to color? YOU love to color!
The Flip Flop Dress is a fun pattern in part because it gives you so many options: buttons on the front or back, sleeves or no sleeves, lined or unlined… You get to plan and choose! These sweet coloring pages give you the chance to play to your heart’s content–and they’re great for the kids, too! Print View A, with the cap sleeves, or View B with no sleeves…and get coloring!