nothing that this post should be

**When one hasn’t posted on her blog in excess of six months, one’s first post back should be everything.**

Hi y’all! Boy oh boy oh how I’ve missed this. The further away I got, the harder it was to return. I’ve been making the makes, but somehow no story nor garment felt comeback-worthy, and with every passing fortnight, that got worse and worse. So this is me, breaking the ice.

isa hat


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protracting a good fit

I’ve noticed widely varying sentiments regarding kimono sleeves — some people adore them, some really really don’t. I get that. For me, the thing I didn’t like about some of my earlier kimono-sleeve makes was the fit of the armscye — sometimes it was too low, sometimes too big, sometimes it just felt wrong or only the sleeve width itself needed adjusting. After a couple of years of finally getting a grasp on adjustments to set-in sleeves, these things threw me quite the curve — all while maintaining the pretense of being simpler…


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nobel pleat prize

I can’t believe it’s finally time to start talking about the Red Velvet collection… I’ll tell y’all, I really didn’t know what I was headed into when I started working with Steph a few months ago. This process was a BLAST. Watching her do her thing with designing and drafting and taking ultimate care with little details, then getting to participate in refining instructions, rounds of polishing, sewing tests and samples – I’m hooked. I’m so excited to see the garments that sewists start making from all the patterns

I really wanted to jump this fence and take pics on the old train...

The hub of the collection is the Red Velvet Knit Dress, and this is my second make from it. I used a medium-weight cotton/spandex jersey (no longer available) from Girl Charlee. It’s lovely stuff, so soft and comfy, excellent recovery. Using a fabric like this does come with its risks though, Continue reading

chicken dinner

Wow, I feel like I’m about to lose twenty pounds! Actually I am…

pick a giveaway any giveaway

For choosing the patternfall winners, I was going to use the random number generator thingie, but then not all entries were for all categories and just huh?… anyway, by the time I would have figured that out, I could have written this post, selected the winners, and waited in line at the post office already. So old-fashioned drawing out of a hat (or ramekin, whatever) it is. OK, here I go with my best Oprah channeling… “YOU get a package of patterns, and YOU get a package of patterns, and YOU…” Continue reading


I’m kind of backwards with seasons. Seasonal Affective Disorder, which usually strikes people during cold, rainy, gray times, affects me during the summer. (It is hot and humid here and I’m allergic to mosquitos, so I tend to be outside during Texas summers for whole seconds at a time, and only when I can’t help it.) Spring means dread for me — it lasts about two minutes before the triple digits begin. So the energy burst that some folks experience at the start of spring? That happens to me at the start of fall. I get so excited about the prospect of going outside in the sunshine without sweltering…of cool nights…of even *considering* a longer sleeve.

she smells the snowy sky

Elphie’s first snow, February 2011

I completely embrace #sewdontclean. Totally, fully, and without reservation. But this time of year just does something to me. The spring cleaning that some people get up to… hits me six months later. Continue reading

leveling up

During a conversation this past weekend, I mentioned (as I sometimes do) that I am not a very advanced sewist. Miss Lulu got annoyed with me! She told me that she didn’t want to hear me say that ever again. She wouldn’t even hear my protestations. :) It got me thinking…

me. thinking.

I often talk to people who I believe are far more skilled than I am, and yet they don’t feel well-versed in areas that I frequent confidently: knits, zippers, bust adjustments… When I think of the techniques that I feel good about now but was intimidated by a year or two ago, it’s clear to see how far I’ve come. Yet, I still think of myself as an “advanced beginner.”

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