For nearly ten years, I have used and strongly endorsed Rowenta irons. They’re heavy, which is a good thing when you’re sewing and seeking to press rather than iron. They have a steel sole plate, which heats quickly and evenly for good results on the fabric. And they have a solid steam function that really […]
I finished!!! My very first knitted sweater is all done. Well, mostly done.
I grew up in Montgomery, Alabama. The earliest school memories I have celebrated the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March from Selma, and the Civil Rights movement in a very personal and immediate way. We drove past the sites of these historic events on a daily basis, and it was an ever-present part of my childhood–both […]
When you think of the word “seamstress,” what image springs to mind? When you think of the phrase “famous seamstress,” whose image pops into your head? Would you be surprised to learn that there are far more famous seamstresses than you may realize? And that a lot of them are not only household names, but […]
The League of Adventurous Dressmakers It’s only February, and I’m deeply immersed in the League of Adventurous Dressmakers. I feel so inspired and motivated and excited about the garments I have in my queue. Part of what slows me down, looking back on past years and the to-sew lists that never get completed, is that I […]
On the first night of Intro to Sewing class, a young woman walked in with a brand-new sewing machine still in the original box and set it on the classroom table. This was certainly not the first time that a student had arrived with their first sewing machine to their first sewing class, by any […]
Were you hoping to join the League of Adventurous Dressmakers this year? Today could be your lucky day! Over on Sew, Mama, Sew you can enter to win THE ENTIRE YEAR of League membership for free! There are very few entries at the moment, and your odds are so, so good. Hop on over […]
I am deep in the trenches of hand-matching our Sewing Buddies for 2016!! If you haven’t signed up yet but would like to join us, TODAY is the very last day to do so–get in under the wire and find yourself a sewing pen pal for the year! If you ARE registered, please be certain […]
I was watching an old Hepburn & Tracy movie over the holidays, Desk Set, all about replacing a crack reference librarian with a computer, back in the 50s. And it occurred to me: she was right to worry for her job. Because the computer couldn’t do her job, but the internet certainly does. Need to know […]
So, not too long ago, I made my very first rope bowl. One minute, the words “rope bowl” were some vague 70s-era shady memory and POOF! the next minute, it seemed like all the cool kids were making them.
The other day I walked into our kitchen and found this on the counter. The children had taken the giant trifle bowl filled with random buttons that I keep in my sewing room, and were sorting them by type. It’s like when you give your kids a gift and they want to play with the […]
Now open for registration! Both the Murder Mystery Quilt AND the League of Adventurous Dressmakers are now ready for you to join! The League of Adventurous Dressmakers is a monthly subscription club that focuses on in-depth technique lessons for better garment sewing. As more and more of us seek to sew our own clothes, we want to be […]
FOR THE 2019 PROJECT, VISIT The Murder Mystery Quilt SITE! In the first grade, when I was six years old, my class did a unit on Ancient Egypt. I was, as most children are, completely mesmerized. The story of Howard Carter and his tenacious pursuit of discovery was–and remains, nearly 100 years later–absolutely captivating. I adored hearing my […]
When I was in college, I was required by the School of Theatre to do a semester in the costume shop. Most of the other kids groaned and whined and did whatever they could to get around the requirement. My reaction was more along the lines of, “Don’t throw me in that there briar patch!” […]
Hooray, hooray!! A whole bunch of you have already registered for the 2016 Sewing Buddy Project. I am beyond delighted to welcome back some familiar faces and to greet some new ones–yippee for Sewing Buddies!! The Sewing Buddy Project is a year-long pen pal program, and for just $10 you get a personalized pen pal […]