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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Today we had a wonderful breakfast after I opened my presents (yippee!) and then stopped at the Detroit Institute of Arts (Ella’s first time)
Ella at the Museum

We returned and Peter and I sewed for a while while J and Ella napped.

I finally finished my neice Sophia’s birthday outfits. The first is an ottobre outfit from the autumn issue (4/2007) which includes a keyhole T-shirt and a modified version of the leggings from the same issue. I used a plain red rib from JoAnn fabrics with an adorable knit print from the Joy of Sewing co-op.Instead of an elastic waistband, I made a nice wide contrast waistband out of the orange fabric. It folds down to provide more wearable months as the baby grows, and a very comfortable waist for big toddler bellies. I used the serger to finish the edges with a rolled hem. I don’t think it looks too terrible for my first try:
hem edges:
First ever rolled hem

Ella in her cousin’s outfit:
Ella in Sophia's outfit.


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