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.

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I got my hands on some Heather Ross Far, Far Away Double Gauze Cotton in a unicorn print thanks to my friend Priscilla.  I had no idea how much I’d love this stuff!  Of course I know I love the double gauze, now that I know the tricks to sewing with it, but these Far, Far Away prints are simply adorable in a more whimsical than “cutesy” way.

I further hacked the pattern I traced and deconstructed from a shirt I purchased last year and made the top into a dress.  I shared my initial tracings with icewerks, and she made a gorgeous interpretation and wrote a kind post about it.  (In general, I think you should probably read her blog if you are even remotely interested Japanese Crafting, beautiful photography, or life in Vermont.  I visit every day.)

 Where's my pocket?Ella's New Dresseditorial

Ella wouldn’t wear it without a belt, so I had to make her one.  She was completely right, it needs a belt.  Even J loves it on her, which is impressive, because he usually doesn’t express an opinion either way.  I’m going to make some changes to the pockets and then offer it up in my shops in a variety of different fabrics.

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  • Jeannine June 7, 2009, 11:07 pm

    Oh Karen, she looks lovely. I wish I could see the fabric better. I guess I can imagine how beautiful the fabric feels. The colors look heavenly. Good Luck on selling it. You really should make a pattern out of it. I recently posted a shirt that was very similiar to this and was asked alot to make up a pattern. I don’t have the know how or the time right now to do it, but I know you could accomplish it easily. Think about it.
    BTW, cannot wait to see what you do with the HR double gauze. I have a dress and fabrics all pinned to my mannequin, but since I am going on vacation for six weeks, it will have to wait until I come back. I love going to CA and getting lots of ideas. I am just going to miss my sewing machine(s)!

  • christina June 8, 2009, 9:01 am

    Aww, gee thanks! (as I slump on my sofa, tissues at hand)
    I just love the colors and the look of this dress. Fab job, as usual!


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