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.

my baby is two

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It seems like just yesterday that I made it through another 16.5 hour (plus) labor.

I cannot believe how quickly she has grown, and how magical her presence has been in our lives.  She’s surely the Family Spackle we expected she’d be.

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I love this little one. I am in awe of her sense of humor, her love for her siblings, her imagination, her compassion and her creativity.

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  • Sara October 5, 2008, 7:13 pm

    Happy Birthday Ella!

  • Jeannine October 6, 2008, 4:12 pm

    Happy Birthday Ella! I hope you two had a wonderful day, as it definitely looked like it to the outside world.

  • Jennifer October 6, 2008, 4:25 pm

    Happy birthday Ella! And Happy Mama Day to you, Karen!

  • Carla October 6, 2008, 8:02 pm

    She is beautiful, Karen! Happy Birthday, Ella!

  • Gregg October 9, 2008, 5:14 am

    Thanks so much for bringing Ella over to spend a big chunk of her birthday weekend at the Lab. Angela and I both love you and your family dearly! Thank you for being in our lives.

  • MelissaB October 9, 2008, 7:41 pm

    Happy Birthday sweet Ella!!!! And Happy *Birthing* Day to you Karen!

  • Astrid October 13, 2008, 6:26 am

    Congratulations on your beautiful girl – even if I am a bit late (sorry about that)! :)

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