Personal Style Stories

Even when I am not at the sewing machine I’m thinking about sewing, or refining my wardrobe, or minimizing clutter and possessions. I’m analyzing my coworker’s side pant-leg pocket for ways to add them to a costume. I’m cataloging what I like and dislike about certain garments I wear to inform future sewing projects or … More Personal Style Stories

Astoria

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

A Celestial Summer Dress: the Seamwork Catarina

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

Alchemical Notes: New Silhouettes 

I had an ah-ha moment during my Wardrobe Architect adventure. I learned to see style and silhouette as distinct, though related, elements of my clothing preferences. I like how I look in a tailored jacket, but only when paired with other clothes that aren’t as classically “boardroom professional”. Prompted recently to embrace curiosity, I seem … More Alchemical Notes: New Silhouettes 

My Akita Blouse

I almost didn’t make Akita. The shirt as it appeared in Seamwork, didn’t look like my style of shirt. Most notably, the sleeves stuck out very wide, almost like wings. I try to avoid garments that add width to my already broad shoulders. What changed my mind was all of the beautiful creations by other … More My Akita Blouse