I run, I craft, I write, and I make your favorite clothes.

I've never met anything I couldn't sew. Sewing makes me happy. I specialize in heirloom-quality garments and modern but timeless design. I love the challenge of creating garments specific to your needs, whether a tutu for a sensitive little ballerina, an extra tough pair of pants that is soft on the inside for that rough and tumble kid, your every day favorite clothes, or an elaborate formal gown. When it comes to sewing, I make things happen!
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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 [...]

Vintage May: Details and Technique Inspiration

  I know it's right in the middle of my quilt market prep, but I have been admiring Vintage May ever since I first noticed it, so when hosts by Kristin of Skirt As Top and Jessica of Craftiness Is Not Optional invited me to participate, I knew I wouldn't be able to resist! (And I knew I wouldn't want to [...]

Classic Typography. Classic Snark.

When Stacey of Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts mentioned that she was looking for typography inspired projects, I jumped at the chance to join in. This family has a teenager who's a poet, a 7 year old who is a self-proclaimed Grammar Police Deputy (reporting to the Grammar Police Chief who is, naturally, me), and [...]

PAINT Collection from Carrie Bloomston

For Carrie Bloomston, celebrating your inner artist is a life's mission.  In her last collection, Collage, she blew everyone away with the uniqueness of her concept and the richness of her colors.  You can see what I made last time here. Since then, Carrie has written a book, and continued to inspire her local community [...]

i remember feeling like this…

At the end of January, in the middle of the worst winter on record, Ella and I planned a breakfast date before going to her new school.  She was having a more than a little trouble adjusting, even though the move was her idea, and her choice.  Instead of going to Starbucks for a before-school [...]

things worth celebrating: another published author in the house

Yesterday I dropped off my kid to driver's training, and he hesitated before exiting the car. "Mom.  I was published today. Here's I bought this for you." He handed me his school's literary journal and trod off through the snow to school after school.  My son is different from any other person on earth, and [...]

Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful. You: 2014

There seems to be a synchronicity of bravery and inspiration this January....in fact, it's one of the few years where I've felt lifted up at the beginning of a new year, despite the Flu and Polar Vortex coinciding over the holiday break here.  In fact, there's just so much goodness floating around the blogosphere and [...]

there are other places…

I know it seems a little sparse around here, but it doesn't mean I'm totally inactive. I thought I'd let you know that I can be found in a couple places on the web, and I'd love to connect with you. My latest favorite place is Instagram I'm regularly engaged on Twitter If you make [...]