Many people in the sewing world have heard of the concept of sewing “icing” versus “cake” (an analogy that originated with Tasia of Sewaholic, I believe). This project is pure, sweet, luscious icing. It’s not something I would ever buy in a million years. But if we can’t sometimes make things purely on a whim,… Read More A Totally Frivolous Floral Lace Jacket
If I have a favorite thing to sew, it would without a doubt be summer dresses. As a native of west Texas, I find dressing for the heat much easier than layering up for winter. Summer dresses are usually drapey fabric in bright colors and prints. Plus, you get to show more skin! As a… Read More Summer Dresses are the Best!
After a intensive project that required lots of hand sewing, I was ready for something quick and easy. It doesn’t get much easier than two triangles of fabric and some straps. The fabric I bought a few years ago in a discount fabric store in San Francisco. I made a bikini from it using McCall’s… Read More Seasonable Sewing: A New Bikini Top
With the temperature in the nineties and the humidity soaring, I have just finished… a wool jacket! Which I definitely will not be wearing anytime soon. But to be fair, it was a fun and satisfying project. And I think it will get worn a lot, when it is cooler. I have wanted to make… Read More Unseasonable Sewing: A Chanel-style Jacket
As I mentioned in my post on using up knit scraps, I don’t like to throw fabric away, even fabric scraps that are far too small to become a garment. Although today fabric for quilting is a big market, historically, quilters often used whatever bits of leftover fabric they had lying around. I approach quilting… Read More Beginning a Scrap Quilt
Although I definitely sew more clothes these days, knitting was my first love. I almost always have something on the needles, even if it takes me a little longer to get it done. This project is actually my third from the wonderful book knit, Swirl! These sweaters have a unique construction. They are all based… Read More Swirl Sweater