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  • Fall Wardrobe and Pants e-courses now registering!

    It’s official: registration is now open for my next e-courses: Fall Wardrobe and Sewing Pants!  These classes will begin in early August, right around the time that the kids are starting…

  • FedEx & Various Minutiae

    What’s that sound?  The doorbell ringing? Oh, my!  A whole mess of boxes from FedEx!  Whatever could be in them?  <Gasp.>  That’s….the title of my book.  Could it be???  It IS! …

  • The Quilt of Doom: Harry Potter Quilts for Five

    I’ve had this project on my list for the past four years, even to the point of printing out the first four patterns, but never launched the ship. Today: we begin.…

  • FINISHED! Matching Twin Postage Stamp Quilts

    Every time I’ve worked on these quilts lately, I’ve joked that they’re five years in the making. Today, I looked back at the past posts I’ve shared of their progress, and…

  • Knit Tees For Older Kids

    These tees are from weeks and weeks ago, and I’ve sat down to write about them maybe six or seven times/. Each time, I ended up with a whole lot of…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…