book review: Skirt-A-Day Sewing

there’s a new clothes-making book on the block! let me introduce Skirt-A-Day Sewing, by one of my long-time stitchy pals, Nicole Smith. i’ve worked with Nicole for many years while she was an editor at various sewing mags, including Adorn and Sew Stylish. if you love sewing skirts, you will definitely want this one in […]

book review: sewing in a straight line

good morning! i am so happy to be today’s stop on the blog tour for my awesome friend Brett Bara‘s new book, Sewing in a Straight Line. and i am even more thrilled that at last i have a book to recommend to all of my beginner sewing students who ask me, “what book do […]

book review: girl's world

good afternoon! may i offer you a cup of tea? i sure do feel like there should be fancy cakes and tiny cups of tea today, as i tell you about a sweet new sewing book i have the honor to review… let’s just pretend there are, ok? Girl’s World, by Jennifer Paganelli, better […]

book review: Little Crochet

good morning! today at hodge podge farm i am very happy to be a stop on the blog tour of my favorite new crochet book: Little Crochet by the super-lovely Linda Permann!

those of you who know me, know that i’m not usually a big fan of baby stuff, but lately there have been a few […]

book review: Sew Tina!

if i were a little girl (or boy), i would hope that my mother somehow stumbled across the new book Sew Tina! by Tina Givens. here at hodge podge farm we are happy to welcome Tina’s fans today for a stop on her blog tour! the clothes in Tina’s […]

book review: design your own tees

i met Jen Cooke around 12 years ago, when i used to carry her hand-printed supremely colorful line of T-shirts, Raeburn Ink, in my shop in NYC. we’ve been friends ever since. i can still remember the very first group of tees she brought me; the prints were from the insides of security envelopes that […]

book review: built by wendy dresses

i’ve been a fan of wendy mullin since around 1993, when i first discovered her custom guitar straps and indie-rock clothes at two of my favorite record stores (we still called them that back then). i remember buying a kelly-green corduroy mini skirt, with a little faux patent leather buckle on the patch pocket, which […]


i’m in the club! one of the perks i have long coveted about being a published author is that we get copies of books to review on our blogs. and i finally got my first batch! thrilling. thanks to the kind peeps at my publisher, Potter Craft! (you might want to sign up for their […]

we have a winner!

as promised, today i consulted the random number generator to pick a winner for my first-ever book giveaway on this blog! the RNG chose commenter #4, jennifer, who said:

hi-i really enjoy your blog. love your tops and dresses, which have inspired me to make my own! i couple of years ago i discovered penny […]

book review: applique your way (+ giveaway!)

a while back, i was asked by my friend kayte to contribute a project to her book, Applique Your Way, and i happily obliged by making a little dog sweater from recycled human sweaters. that was about a year and a half ago, and finally the book is out! it is a gorgeously written, designed, […]

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