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.

I’m teaching a class at Pink Castle Fabrics in October and I’d love for you to join me! If you live in the Ann Arbor area, head on over to the Pink Castle web site now and reserve your spot!

About the Class:
If you’re a quilter who would like to expand into the world of garment sewing, this is the class for you. In this class, we’ll take the mystery out of garment sewing by making my pattern, the Lila Lounge Pant, which is a gentle step into apparel sewing.  I’ll guide you through the process of choosing the appropriate size, preparing a pattern, cutting the fabric, finishing seams, and hemming the dress to the length you want. (Think of all the beautiful scraps you’ll have left over for your next patchwork project!)

Here’s a picture of these awesome and comfy pants from the pattern:

Lila Lounge Pants Coverblog

If you’re not sure if this class is for you, check out what Karrie had to say in the comments for a post I wrote about teaching:

You are such an awesome teacher! I learned so much last Thursday and have been in a great mood ever since! I’m glad that I got to experience garment making for the first time with you. I’ve been in a funk lately haven’t felt like sewing. Only staring at my fabric, and now I’m excited to pick up my 5 WIPs that I have going…ok ,more than five!!! I am so glad that I met you, and I’ll always be grateful that you are my Sewing Teacher <3


Supplies You’ll Need:

In order to take this class, you’ll need to bring the following:

1. fabric, yardage shown by size below [contrast fabric yardage is in the brackets]:

XS-2 [+5/8]
S-  2 [+5/8]
M- 2 [+5/8]
L-   2 1/4 [+5/8]
XL- 2 1/4 [+3/4]

2. tracing paper: Pellon Pattern Ease or Swedish tracing paper

3. basic sewing and marking supplies

4. 1 yard of 1″ wide elastic

5. the pattern itself is required and will be available for purchase at the shop on the night of the class


Class Details:

The class takes place on Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Pink Castle Fabrics in Ann Arbor (find directions here). The cost of the class is $65. The only prerequisite for this course is that you are comfortable sewing a straight stitch on your sewing machine. It’s as easy as that!

Click below to book your spot:

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I hope to see you at the class!


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