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.

Birthday Report and Holiday Dress Update!

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Didn’t start off great, but when I arrived at my friend Jennifer’s for a play date, she had made me BROWNIES (which I had for breakfast.  I sure needed them after hydroplaning and being on the receiving end of a sloppy now slide from a truck onto my windshield.)

They were the best brownies I have ever had in my life.  Ever. In my life.

The recipe is here.

Ells didn’t nap, even while I was at the salon covering my greys…I’m sure there are only the 4 I saw, but still…


I came home to a pile of presents and gorgeous flowers!  We all went (inlaws too) to eat Ethiopian food at The Blue Nile in Ferndale and it was magnificent.  I love that my children eat exotic, spicy, vegetarian food.  Even the non-veg kids ate only vegetarian food.  It was fantastic!

I finished my niece’s holiday dress.  Ella is wearing it above, in the photo with my flowers.  She wasn’t really in the mood to model yesterday, so I didn’t get a lot of great shots.  I’ll try again tomorrow when she’s in a better mood, before I ship it off to Memphis.

I used my Party Dress pattern along with the Teatime Pinafore, with some modifications.  (You may remember, I made this for Ella’s Birthday, too, in a beautiful Magenta color.)

I used a simple rolled hem on the sparkly organza pinafore :


And trimmed it with ribbons and bows:


I used our great aunt’s buttons on the front of the dress and the back of the pinafore:



I made a puff sleeve and puffed hem out of cotton batiste:


Of course I finished the inside so that Sophia’s skin is caressed with super-soft fabric, and no annoying threads or scratchies!

Waistline – flat-fell seams


Shoulder – turned and stitched seams:


Skirt – French seams:

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Ella didn’t want to take it off….but hers is next.

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I’m working on a tutorial to share with all of you who commented on my flickr photostream about the Furrowed Cuff on Ella’s holiday dress.  I’ll have instructions and a photo follow-along tutorial for this technique tomorrow!

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  • mikewalzman December 10, 2008, 9:52 pm

    cute kid! I couldn’t find your about me pg, but I looked at your website, its looks awesome. I just started my own, (not for baby clothes, ha) so wish you the best!

  • christina December 11, 2008, 12:01 am

    What a great little restrained collar. i clicked over to your flickr for that furrowed sleeve — my!

  • mermaids December 11, 2008, 5:50 am

    pretty fabrics on the dress. can’t wait to see the whole thing.

  • Jeannine December 11, 2008, 10:46 am

    Oh Karen, I am so thoroughly impressed with this dress. I love it!!! I love the little collar, and the skirt, and the sleeves. All the details are so perfectly thought out. I have never done a flat-fell seam, but I love the way it looks. I was thinking about using that for Nicolas’ underwear I made from Ottobre. The seams on the inside bother him. Thank goodness my mother sent him some beautifully soft german underwear for Christmas. Haha. Your work is amazing. What was the dress made out of? Velour? It is beautiful.

  • Jill December 15, 2008, 4:04 pm

    I’m ll over that brownie recipe…if the car weren’t in the shop I’d be heading out for tofu (which I HATE, btw).
    Tapping my foot waiting for the tutorial. I’d like to try it on the collar of a rtw jersey turtleneck…would it work?

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