I run, I craft, I write, and I make your favorite clothes.

I have written books about sewing for children and adults and I'm the indie designer’s patternmaking secret weapon. I've taught video and in-person classes to anyone who would listen since 2008. I believe that sewing clothes is a radical act of self-love that increases your sense of self-worth. I'm basically your sewing fairy godmother.

biker wrap skirt from Stitch Magazine

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I thought I should make myself something to wear tonight during my shift at the Movement festival.  Unfortunately the weather has turned far chillier and I don’t think a light-weight linen skirt is in the cards for my 7-11 p.m. shift!

I chose the biker wrap skirt from the latest Stitch magazine. It’s a well-written and inspiring project magazine with beautiful photography and excellent ideas.  They’s published two issues so far, and both are well worth owning.

I made some changes to the pattern (naturally, since I cannot leave well-enough alone) but not many.  I added a panel so the wrap would have more coverage on windy days.  Now the front overlaps from one hip to the other, so I can feel confident that I won’t be exposed by the weather.

I did notice an irritating inconsistency between the pattern pieces on the website and the directions in the magazine itself.  If you want to have a contrast waistband/ties cut out SIX of the waistband pieces in the contrast fabric, not three of main and three of contrast…I followed the pattern pieces and didn’t realize the error until I had already attached the errant waistband pieces right sides together to the skirt according to the directions, not realizing that the waistband and facing should be of the same, contrasting fabric.  I wasn’t about to unsew the entire thing, so I only have contrast on the facing (inside).

I have already cut another version of Amy Butler’s Lotus fabrics to make tomorrow.  I’ll post both skirts when I have a volunteer to hold the camera (or time to figure out set up for the timer on the camera myself!)

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  • Astrid May 27, 2009, 1:18 am

    So, I look away for 5 minutes (ok, maybe slightly more than that), and you have made so much gorgeous stuff! Ella is getting sooo big – can’t wait to see her again! I must say your sewing is just one piece of art following the other – stunning! Looking forward to pictures of the skirts! :)


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