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Emery Dress in Japanese Cotton

Three years ago, I wrote a draft of this post where I said the following: The Emery Dress by Christine Haynes is such a classic, classic silhouette.  I actually put off finally sewing a version because I thought, on…

Ola Hudson: A Great Woman Of Sewing

Art always has two balancing demands: technique and aesthetics. Sewing requires that we understand the basics of construction, how to operate a sewing machine, how to handle fabrics and shears to get a good cut–but it also requires that…

The Sewing Buddy Project: A Sewing Pen Pal Program

The Sewing Buddy Project started in 2010 when I had the brain storm of putting together sewing pen pals, people who would know each other through their relationship of sewing, who could interact one-on-one, and motivate one another.  I…

Lost Project: Travel backpacks for children who fly

We took our first really serious trip as a family back in 2016: my husband volunteered to walk across the breadth of England as part of Dads4Kesem, a charity walk to raise funds to launch a chapter of Camp…

Family Halloween Costumes: EIGHT Years of Memories

When we were in the process of buying the house where we live now, we were living in a rental house nearby. We wanted to put ourselves in a position where we could really take our time, choose the…

Lost Project: Vacation Tova Top

I’ve loved this Amy Butler print for years and years. Back when I owned a retail shop, I made a sample Tova Top from this sweet cotton lawn and used it as a display sample. In a moment of…

Ann Lowe: A Great Woman of Sewing

The word “dressmaker” seems to speak differently to me than the word “seamstress.” Almost as if I think a dressmaker is someone who sews for herself but a seamstress sews for others? Historically, I’m not sure that’s true, but…

Sewing Is Political

If you sew, it’s no surprise to you that sewing is political. It always has been. Humans are political beings. We each of us feel our hearts beat faster and our chests expand when we see the world around…

Men’s Pocket Square in Liberty of London Lawn

As I near completion of the men’s sport coat I started six years ago, I am sprinkling in small projects that I can easily complete. It’s not really a deliberate move to make me more “productive,” although I’d love…

Deliberate Transitions

There was an article in the LA Times in the past week about getting dressed to stay home, and the author is experiencing this HUGE backlash where people (mostly on Twitter) are saying that the idea of “enough with…

Get Dressed On Purpose and With Purpose

This is the fifth post in a series about how getting dressed, even when you’re only going from your bedroom to the living room and back again, can have an enormous impact on your mood, your sense of self,…

Pants Are For Every OTHER Day

This is the fourth post in a series about how getting dressed, even when you’re only going from your bedroom to the living room and back again, can have an enormous impact on your mood, your sense of self,…

Stop With The Jeans Every Day. Stop.

This is the third post in a series about how getting dressed, even when you’re only going from your bedroom to the living room and back again, can have an enormous impact on your mood, your sense of self,…