We put our cat to sleep Saturday morning following her battle with lymphocytic leukemia. I’m still in a vague state of disbelief and denial. Every shadow out of the corner of my eye tricks my brain – it might be her. I grew up allergic to cats so Maya was the first cat I ever … More In Memoriam: Sewing with Maya
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
Tuesday is fast becoming my favorite day of the week. Not only is is not-Monday, but it is draping day! The skills I am learning are basic but they open new creative doors every week. Draping Week 2 – Yoke and Gathers I am that student that always shows up early to class. But last … More Draping at New York Fashion Academy (continued)
Happy Way-back Wednesday! Last Christmas I was given a sewing box full of thread and sewing notions that had belonged to Greg’s grandmother. It was fun to pick through it and compare prices, see brands that have persisted and brands that I’ve never heard of, and learn about sewing “back in the day”. … More Vintage Sewing Notions
Good day #Sewcialist community! I’m trying not to let the lost hour of sleep and the apparent start of my spring allergies hamstring my aspirations. I am rearranging furniture and sorting boxes in my sewing room and working on some outstanding alteration tasks and costume projects for others. What are you up to today? Did you plan … More Spring Forward!
Thank you bodacious readers for continuing with me on this journey. We have finished another year. I don’t know about you, but half of my brain pictures the year as a big rectangle and tonight at midnight we take the long journey from the lower right corner to the upper left. The other half of my … More Top 5 Goals for 2017
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
The time has come. I am finally making my Colette Wren Dress. This dress immediately went on my “to-sew” list when it was announced. The style matched what the Wardrobe Architect was telling me about my personal clothing preferences. But it quickly got buried in an ever-growing pile of sewing wishes and life circumstances. Now that … More To Sleeve or Not To Sleeve?