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.

Ella loves them…look at those Deep Pockets!

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Tencel Jeans..Ella loves ’em! Skinny legs. Boy-styling. Flat front elastic back waist.

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  • Amy M in Indiana January 22, 2009, 10:26 pm

    oh my –She is a toddler, not a baby anymore! I love her hair –so adorable! I will say, I just was very confused about 10 mintues ago. I was reading Ottobre group messages and saw we had a new member –Jill –and she had her blog on there. Which I checked out –but was very confused when I swore I saw your son’s picture on there –his name and all –and I was just SURE it was him. I then kept reading and reading and finally she referred to Karen — Peter’s mother. Wow–that was weird. I felt like one of those Kevin Bacon moments or something! Well, I’m sure she found out about Ottobre because of you, so it isn’t that small of a world, but I was feeling highly confused there for about 10 minutes!! –Hey –I also really like that buttery yellow sweater you made for your shop! It is wonderful! OK–Happy sewing! Amy M in Indiana

  • Astrid January 23, 2009, 10:05 am

    Ella is just such a sweetheart – and the jeans are awesome! Cool look altogether! :)

  • karenlepage January 23, 2009, 11:01 am

    It’s confusing, isn’t it?? :) Jill is Peter’s stepmother and I introduced her to Ottobre (and Japanese fabrics).

    Ella is growing up fast, but she is also so funny that I’m not wishing she were small again. We’re enjoying every age!

    Astrid: Thank you! She and her dad have matching NorthFace fleece (well, John’s is black and Ella’s is pink) and when they have them on, Ella won’t change, even for photos….so pink and green and blue have their day together!

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