We all experience creative blocks for different reasons. A couple years ago I was too exhausted from costumes to find motivation to sew for my everyday-self. Sometimes I drag my feet because I’m scared to make mistakes. Other times, the number of tasks that lead up to actually working seem insurmountable. Over time, I’ve learned … More 6 Ways to Overcome Your Creative Blocks
In the second draping course at New York Fashion Academy we are draping a 6-gore skirt, tracing it onto a flat pattern, and then sewing it up to confirm that we have transferred all of the seam lines correctly. Gored skirts are not something I usually make. I think I tend to wear A-line or … More Draping II – the saga continues
I originally wrote about my pattern organizing system when I installed this expandable drying rack in our condo was back in 2014. Recently it caught a few eyes on Instagram, so I thought I would share an update for new readers and anyone looking to do a little spring cleaning in their sewing room. I am happy to report that 3 years … More The best pattern organizer for your sewing room!
A cardigan for weekends and workdays. … More Oslo [Cardigan] For the Weekend
Astoria is a coastal town in northwest Oregon. My memories of it are gray, foggy, a little damp, and full of love because we visited with family friends. One of my favorite memories is the kids all sprawling on the grass at the base of a lighthouse pretending we had fallen from the observation deck, … More Astoria
For my niece’s first birthday, I gave her a life size (for her) Loch Ness Monster — aka Nessie — plush.
Wren, a knit dress by Colette Patterns, has been available for purchase for about a year. In fact I purchased and downloaded the pdf pattern on October 26, 2015. So let’s pretend that I planned this post to celebrate the pattern’s 1-year anniversary, instead of focusing on the fact that my to-sew list is about a … More Wren Knit Dress by Colette Patterns
While I identify more as a sewist than as a knitter, I do knit frequently. My bus commute is nearly an hour and knitting helps to pass the time. Knitting is also my go to activity when I just need to decompress, zone out, and almost meditate. I knit when I am on planes, trains, while … More A Late Spring Shawlette
The March 2016 issue of Seamwork Magazine was themed “Celebration” and featured two dress patterns that I can imagine someone wearing to a graduation or warm-weather wedding: the Catarina and the Kenedy These patterns came out around the time I was thinking a lot about my body and my sewing and how my feelings about … More A Celestial Summer Dress: the Seamwork Catarina
Yesterday I finished reading “The End of Fashion” by Teri Agins, July’s selection for the Colette Book Club. Considering that one of my motivating factors for sewing my own clothes is my frustrations with the fashion industry, I wanted to learn more about the history of the fashion industry. … More Colette Book Club – The End of Fashion