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.

Felted Wool cut-out lace jacket

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I was so inspired by the Ottobre version I made for Ella that I knew I wanted to try this technique out on one of my own patterns.  The jacket doesn’t fit Ella well, because it starts at size 92, and even graded down t an 86 it is too large.  It’s also intended to have a fully buttoned front, but I really liked the look of it with a single button closure.

When a friend of mine was looking for a very special gift for a friend’s little daughter, I jumped at the chance to make this style my own. 

I started with a nice basic shirt pattern for a little one (9-12 mos.) from a French book Everything for Baby that I like very much for baby clothes and accessories. I turned the opening around to the front.  I curved the front opening slightly and added a nice overlap at the collar, just big enough for a button.  Ella’s is a bit sloppy (not Ottobre’s fault!  Mine!  for doing suck a hack job trying to get a 2 year old into a jacket for more like a 3-4 year old!) and I made a celtic-knot inspired lace design for the sleeve detail.  I am quite happy with how it turned out.

Sleeve DetailLisa's jacket, awaiting buttonHere are the sleeves, up close

Forgive the picture quality – I was so excited to get these to my friend that I didn’t do a very good job of staging this jacket in a more appropriate setting.

I learned that I actually love to do handwork.  Trimming all those scallops and cut-outs was a real joy!

Ella is watching Muzzy.  She loves it.  I discovered that the Vocabulary Builder DVD has 5 choices of languages, so she’s listening to German right now.  J wants to learn German, since he works there so often, and despite my history teaching at Berlitz (German and French and ESL), I don’t know if I have it in my to teach my husband from scratch!

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  • mermaids October 22, 2008, 5:10 pm


  • Sara October 23, 2008, 5:31 am

    I love that colour and that little jacket is just exquisite!

  • Shelly from Figgys October 23, 2008, 1:42 pm

    This is just splendid!

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