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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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)…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Wear ALL the Things!

    This is the second 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…

  • Get Dressed To Stay Home

    A little over a year ago, I was inspired by a review of my own handsewn wardrobe–following months and months (and months) in a sewing rut–to GET DRESSED TO STAY HOME. …

  • Toaster Sweater #2

    This is easily the most aggressive sweater I own. I bought this fleece when Hancock Fabrics was shutting down (RIP, messiest fabric stores evar, but let’s be honest: in the face…

  • Christmas Pajamas: the Ultimate in Deadline Sewing

    I wasn’t going to sew Christmas pajamas two years ago.  Until my children heard about it.  They were actually speechless.  Aghast.  Appalled.  Couldn’t IMAGINE a world in which they didn’t launch…

  • Solve Crime in the Ancient Pyramids in 2020!

    When I dreamed up the Murder Mystery Quilt, I never imagined even for an instant all the places it would take me.  Around the world, it turns out. The short origin…

  • Recursive Sewing

    I have a clear memory of a single conversation that changed the way I see the world.  The initial memory is of feeling frustrated and defensive.  Then the scene skips to a…

  • Sewing and Self-Compassion

    Years ago, I was teaching a sewing class to brand-new seamstresses.  It was an introductory class, and there were six women there.  I gave my usual second-day-of-class pep talk, and then…