get to work!

happy Labor Day makers! i’ve always loved September. as a kid, i looked forward to going back to school, and like most of us, that feeling of motivation and renewal has never left me. i feel even more inspired than usual to learn new skills! so, if you haven’t joined yet, now’s the perfect time [...]

design your own wardrobe!!!

do these girls look EXCITED to you? well, let me tell you: they ARE. but their enthusiasm is only about 1% of what i’m feeling as i announce my newest workshop with Creativebug! (oh, and they are wearing samples of the tunics, dresses and shirts YOU can make too after taking it!)

since i’m feeling quite [...]

A-Line Skirt SAL: now where were we???

so, above you see what might just be the cutest skirt ever. the piping! the buttons! and of course i always adore denim, especially if it has linen in it! and such a lovely, clear photo too. that’s what i call a Picture of a Skirt! this is the stuff that makes a teacher’s heart [...]

workshops on sale!

NEWSFLASH: this week only (offer ends Saturday 6/22) all of my *a la carte* workshops on Creativebug are reduced to only $9.99! if you’ve been wanting to try online learning, this is a great opportunity. you can have me in your living room or studio any time you like, 24/7, and i will patiently show [...]

A-Line Skirt SAL Week 3 (4?): start the REAL skirt!

1. Chautauqua A-line, 2. A line skirt wearable muslin, 3. Mel’s muslin, 4. Design-it-yourself SAL A-Line Skirt, 5. Finished A-line, 6. Upcycled black velvet skirt, 7. Muslin, 8. Wearable muslin fits!, 9. Lisa’s skirt

well helLO my dear SALlies! so, yes, i did sort of miss a week back there; don’t know if you noticed. hopefully [...]

A-Line Skirt SAL Week 2: make your muslin!

so, how did the patternmaking go? any trouble? questions? i’m guessing it went pretty smoothly because i haven’t heard much from the peanut gallery, just a peep or two here and there. i know many of you had already done this step, so you may have taken the week off. remember, if you have any [...]

A-Line Skirt SAL Week 1: let the games begin!

1. Granny Skirt, 2. basic skirt, 3. Polka dot blouse and high waisted skirt, 4. a-line skirt, 5. giraffe bubble skirt 2, 6. flora skirt 1, 7. fish skirt 2, 8. Blue skirt for length, 9. village skirt 3, 10. dream skirt, 11. First skirt pattern drafted by me, 12. Green skirt for length

and we’re [...]

announcing a DIY A-line skirt Sewalong!

last week at the Makerie i taught 26 people how to draft their own sewing patterns. often when i teach patternmaking classes, i wish i could be there for my students through the stages of the process that come next: muslin-making, fitting, pattern-correcting, and final garment sewing. i know that for most, this will [...]

we have a winner!

oh yes, i said i would pick a winner didn’t i? or rather, the RGN would. and it did, and the winner is… [drumroll] Martha H!!! (i’ll be emailing you in a minute Martha). congratulations! i loved hearing about all of your dream leggings.

the adorable photo above is from one of my Squam students, Karen, [...]

happy new year!

can you believe it? a whole new year!

i love january. it always feels so inspiring: the clean slate of a brand new year. september through december are madness for me, as they are for most handmakers, and the whole time i have to postpone everything i WANT to do until january. so, here we are, [...]

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