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.

Talia Tunic

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  • Sara January 6, 2009, 4:38 am

    Oh Karen, that is exquisite! I am always in awe of your sewing.

  • teri January 6, 2009, 11:33 am

    adorable little tunic. and i really like the new blog!

  • Astrid January 7, 2009, 2:24 am

    So I found my way here as well! That truly is one amazing outfit! Ella looks beautiful! :)

  • christina January 8, 2009, 6:44 pm

    Great combination of fabrics and your finishing, as always, looks very polished. I too have a piece of this Sketchbook print — so nice to see it worked up!

  • Rena January 10, 2009, 9:07 am

    I love the tunic…which pattern is that??? Also love the Joan Holloway Paper doll:-)

  • karenlepage January 10, 2009, 10:09 am

    It’s my own pattern.

    I started with a Japanese pattern and then changed….everything. (Armscye depth, sleeve length, width and shape, neck opening, construction method, and length/flare at bottom.)

    Then I graded it for sizes 2-6. I was gifted a set of pattern drafting tools from my mother for Christmas and had to use them right away!

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