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.

Fifteen Years and Counting

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I can’t believe I’ve had the privilege of being mother to this amazing and wonderful person for fifteen years today.  He’s decided he wants to be an artist.  He’s a huge Dr. Who fan.  He’s hilarious and motivated and such a good brother.

All the sensitivity I’ve developed over the years toward comfort and functionality requirements for kids’ clothes is a result of the learning and experience I gained in getting to know the Rules of Peter, and meeting them; as I discovered what it takes to truly consider the needs and security of a child.

He’s growing up to resemble my dad. So much so, I can hardly believe it!

Happy Birthday to sweet Pitou.

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  • Jennifer November 13, 2012, 9:25 pm

    He totally looks like your Dad, wow! I hope he had a great birthday. That’s an awesome kid you have!

  • Jen November 21, 2012, 6:29 pm

    I can’t believe he is 15! I love the photo-man he looks like your dad. I thought you were going to name him Vinnie if you had a boy. lol

    • Karen November 21, 2012, 7:46 pm

      I think I’m just going to start calling him “Vinnie” now!

  • Theresa S December 31, 2012, 12:57 am


    Long time no hear! I just stumbled on your site and low and behold, a photo of a handsome 15-year old! Hope all is well.


    • Karen January 3, 2013, 2:02 pm

      Hi Theresa! It’s so wonderful to hear from you. I hope all is well in your family.


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