I don’t know that I’ll ever stop hacking patterns, especially my own. I get bored making the same thing over and over again, so tweaking things here and there just helps keep things fresh. When I was working on Modern Style for Girls, I kept thinking of new ways to hack the patterns in the book. At times, I had to force myself to stay focused because an idea was so appealing that I wanted to get started right away!… Read more »

The biggest downside of writing a book is that I’m left with pretty much zero time for sewing for myself. But it’s February and the obligation sewing is long finished, so when I had a day off from work, I was ready to whip up a little something for me. I’ve had the Myla Tank pattern from Sew Liberated for a while now (just because I don’t have time to sew for myself doesn’t mean I don’t collect patterns and… Read more »

I don’t have PS on my laptop. I use my iPhone for maybe 99 percent of the photos I take these days. I’m waving the white flag and giving up on any pretense of polished perfection in favor of actually writing more than one blog post a year. So if less-than-perfect pictures offend you, you probably want to stop reading my blog. Life happens. A lot. So here I am, seven months since my last blog post, trying to start… Read more »

Another trip to Quilt Market is under my belt. This is my sixth Quilt Market (I’ve only missed one since my first Fall market in ’08) and I feel like I’ve finally gotten settled into a routine of sorts. It’s kind of a grueling routine (some days we are on the go from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m.) but it’s a heck of a lot less overwhelming than that first show three years ago. My POV as a Market attendee… Read more »

I haven’t been blogging much lately but I have been sewing. I guess it’s a trade off sometimes and I’m certainly enjoying the productivity. I’ve been itching to make the Pink Chalk Mail Sack ever since I saw Kathy Mack carrying one around Market. I love the styling and the cross-body handle is especially appealing to me. The hardest part was deciding what fabrics to use! Ultimately I decided to sew it with the bright, fun Gypsy Bandana by Pillow… Read more »

I have been working on this giveaway forever. Like, since I started working on Little Girls, Big Style. I have always loved hosting giveaways and this one is even more special to me for rather obvious reasons. And I’m especially excited to be taking part in Sew, Mama, Sew’s annual Giveaway Day (be sure to check out the link and see all the amazing blogs/shops taking part). Here’s what you’ll be winning from me: • An autographed copy of Little… Read more »

I have this thing about cute, comfortable, modest workout clothes. I don’t think it’s too much to ask that everything meet that criteria. Sadly, many pieces of workout apparel seem to be designed for 6-foot-tall 12-year-old girls, meaning it’s not only unflattering on me, it often leaves my pieces parts exposed to the world. Oh, I left out one other criterion: Cheap. Because, yes, there are beautiful, comfortable, fully-covered-up workout clothes out there, but they often are not a price… Read more »

I intended to blog from Houston but technical difficulties prevented that. So I guess I’ll just try to muddle through and remember all the details from three jam-packed days of fabric, patterns and friends. I’ve tried to do a chronological Market round-up the past two visits but I think I’m going to try a thematic approach this time. First up: Patterns! Because I sew clothing, I’m always on the lookout for cool, new patterns to try and there were plenty… Read more »