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.

Finally made the echino scene shirt for Peter

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echinoshirt back view
Originally uploaded by Pranamama.It still needs buttons, but the shirt is made and Peter is thrilled. He wore it yesterday for pictures. I love the way the dragonflies are on his shoulders, one in front, one in back.He chose the fabric in Seattle while we were there on vacation this July.

I love this shirt, and will most definitely make it again, the shaping details are wonderful. Look at these sleeve darts!
echinoshirt sleeve

The selvedge was such a beautiful contrast that I used it for the sleeve facing. Like a delicious secret. Also, the selvedge was soft and fuzzy so I left it rather than folding under the seam allowance at Peter’s request.

echinoshirt selvedge facing

Peter commented that his stepbrothers at both houses are babyhogs, so he loves to be able to spend time alone with Ella without competing for attention.
Peter and Ella
And if my mom is reading this: he’s wearing my watch because he came home devastated that his ended up in a lake while swimming at camp. I think the days of velcro bands are over, since he cannot stop opening and closing them so they become weak.

It was a rough day, because Ella decided she only needed to sleep for the 2 hours I spent making this shirt.”

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