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.

Time flies & dreams come true.

Hi there, friends. It looks like it’s been about 4 years since I’ve posted here, but I just received an update that hundreds of you are still stopping by every month. So much has changed, my whole life, really, and I’d love to give you a little update and let you know where we can [...]

Bee a DREAMER with Carrie Bloomston’s new Fabrics

Here we are again with another gorgeous and thoughtful collection from Windham Fabrics designed by my dear friend Carrie Bloomston. I have been so honored to be asked again to make some garments for Carrie’s new line. Fortunately, I have a couple books available now with my friend Alison Glass that have been wonderful resources to [...]

We have a Paper Obsessed winner!

Thank you all for entering the giveaway and for sharing what you’d make with Heather’s fabric. I wish I could see all your projects! Our winner for the giveaway is Kathy. Please check your email to claim your pattern booklet and fabric bundle! Thank you again, to everyone for entering. If you’d like to get your [...]

It’s a Paper Obsessed Dress! (and a Giveaway!)

When Heather Givans showed me her new line, Paper Obsessed, I knew I had to make a dress from it.  I mean, what else would I do? Heather Givans is one of the most beautiful people I know.  She has the biggest heart, she’s such a generous teacher and friend, and is one of few [...]

Story Collection – What’s your Story?

Carrie Bloomston has designed another new line of fabric with Windham Fabrics.  It’s gorgeous, like she is, inside and out. Before she even asked, I started dreaming of what to make for her.  It’s such an honor and privilege to sew something special for someone I love so dearly.  You can go enter a giveaway on [...]

It’s Sew Fab(ulous) Again!

This post contains affiliate links. When you purchase the Sew Fab Bundle through those links I earn a percentage of the sale. Thank you so much for supporting the Sew Fab Sale! We all appreciate your business! I can’t believe it’s time again for another Sew Fab Pattern Sale, can you? It feels like the [...]

The Little Spark I needed

My friend Carrie wrote a book.  I knew she was writing it.  In fact, I pre-ordered it, standing in her booth at Quilt Market in Pittsburgh, the second it became available.  I have already purchased 4 copies, because I love it so much I want to give it to everyone I care about. Carrie opens up [...]

Teaching again!

Oh how glad I am to be back to teaching again. I’ve been filming some video classes (more on that, later) but I’m really looking forward to co-creating with real live students. Tomorrow’s class if FREE, too! I’ll be teaching at the Okemos branch of the Capital Area District Library.  We’ll put together kid-sized t-shirts [...]

Guest Posting on Monaluna’s Blog

Hey everyone!  As you know, I’ve been working with Jennifer of Monaluna to create her sewing patterns.  I have a couple guest posts (part 1 and part 2) over on her blog today to turn her Little Bee Babysuit and Yoga Pants pattern into a summery sleeveless version.   If you have any questions on this or any [...]

The Breeze Top Pattern Review and Giveaway

It was an honor to teach at Whipstitch in Atlanta a couple years ago with my friend Rae. It was there that I had the pleasure of meeting Shannon of LittleKidsGrow.com when she was just getting started.  Her first pattern for Tweens arrived recently, and I knew I had to make one up for my Ella. [...]

Taking photos is more than just taking photos

I have to take photos to share my work, but I don’t in any way consider myself a photographer. Not even a photo-enthusiast. I prefer to take close-ups of details. You know, details don’t talk back, or wiggle, or act bored. Seams don’t make a goofy face. Pleats don’t complain when you need just one [...]

Maker Mail #1 !

I love receiving mail, that’s probably why I do most of my boring shopping on Amazon – cutting board, coconut milk, you know the drill… even  everyday stuff of life feels like a gift when I get to open a package!  Just imagine a REAL gift you give yourself arriving in the mail; something handmade, something [...]