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.

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Rachel Gander has a new tee pattern available that is just perfect for beginners, and begging for personalization. I was invited to participate in her tumble tour to help launch her sweet pattern. I can definitely see us making a lot of these around here. With just two pieces (three or four if you choose the colorblocking options) Ella will be making her very own as her first “sewing with knits” project. I made this last Friday and she has already worn it 4 times (yes, that’s every. single. day.)

My sweetheart was oh so happy to have a new knit dress, and more thrilled when she saw what I had planned…Briar Rose Strawberries (I got them from Pink Castle Fabrics)

I modified the pattern by cutting the front piece on the fold instead of in two pieces, and then I added collar and sleeve bands for a little contrast. Details can be found in my little graphic:


Ella wasn’t feeling very model-y, but she did want to go for a little hike, so sport setting, engaged, I captured her in spurts of action)


Please be sure to check out my fellow tumble tour reviewers!

8.5 Sew Sweetness & The Crafty Kitty

8.6 One Girl Circus & luvinthemommyhood

8.7 Sew Delicious & Living with Punks

8.8 girl like the sea & Suburbia Soup

8.9 Buzzmills & Miss Matatabi

8.12 Alida Makes & Max California

8.13 Crafterhours & Kitschy Coo

8.14 La Inglesita & sew chibi

8.15 EmmylouBeeDoo & LBG Studio

8.16 Petit a Petit and Family & girl. Inspired

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  • rachael {imagine gnats} August 6, 2013, 5:12 pm

    oh, i love the idea of Ella making her very own!! and what perfect fabrics you chose :) thank you! XO

  • Melissa August 6, 2013, 5:35 pm

    So sweet! Would love to see pictures of the dress :)

    • Karen August 7, 2013, 12:38 am

      I finally got them up, Melissa! Ella was rather wiggly, so photographs were a challenge!

  • Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures August 7, 2013, 8:55 pm

    What a cute dress! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures


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