foldover clutch tutorial


i am totally aware i’m behind the trends.  typically, by the time i start thinking something is cool, it’s on the way out.  and you know what, i’m okay with it.  if you are too, perhaps i might interest you in a tutorial for this cute little clutch i just added to my shop today!  that’s right.  i am posting a full, photographed, step by step tutorial to make exactly the item i am trying to sell.  while i’m not an expert business person, the past few months of blogging and selling have demonstrated that my readers are not my buyers of ready made products.  but you guys support me in other ways, so why not share the love, right?  as i mentioned, i wanted to create some engaging content for you guys, and a big part of why i read sewing blogs is to learn new skills–that’s most of it really.  so, hopefully this will provide some knowledge for you. Continue reading

mother-daughter tribal tees


well, i had a strong push to the finish for my half-involvement in kcw, and i really went for it with the mini me theme.  because after all, why should the kids have all the fun?!  i’ve been wanting to sew more for my own wardrobe for months, but with all the other projects on the cutting table, and my burgeoning interest in and attention to curating my own wardrobe, i’ve been slow to execute.  i think that’s a good thing!  i get into manic phases of production where i just hammer out item after item–that’s fine for kids who wear the crap out of their clothes and grow out of them quickly, but i am trying hard to take a mindful approach to my own wardrobe and appearance, and not sew things just because i can, or they’re available, or even because they’re pretty.  i’m taking it a few steps further now and making things only if they fit into a very thoughtful category, involving cut, color, comfort, practicality, design, etc. Continue reading

birthday skirt


i know.  this skirt is quite outside my usual aesthetic.  remember how i throw everything away? how i hate collections of things?  how i pathologically purge anything resembling a pile?  recently, i even bestowed a good portion of my fabric shelves to you guys.  partially, that was to make room for the yards (and yards, and yards) of fabric i just bought to support my women’s line.  shopping for business is so tough when you’re a small, one person operation.  you never know what if anything will sell, and if you don’t have extra on hand, you risk fabric discontinuation (as happened in my most popular girl’s dress, which has to be retired).  if you buy a ton and nothing sells………you just have a ton of fabric.  which is an issue if you HATE PILES. Continue reading

kids clothes week: mini me


i’m a list person.  i love to make them, i love to check items off, i love to complete them and throw them away.  currently, i have six evolving to-do lists pertaining only to my crafts.  between the shop, the blog, product development and refinement, photography, advertising, shopping, gift making, etc, there always seems to be a steady stream of tasks to carry out in my sewing room.  with roughly three hours a day to complete parts here and there of these tasks, i need every minute i can hoard to get to these lists.  as a result, i don’t always have as much time as i’d like to just play, and do fun things–such is the sacrifice when your hobby becomes your job, right?  making clothes for bean NEVER gets on a list–too impractical; she’ll never wear them.  and kids clothes week has sadly been cut from the list a few seasons running now, too, as much as i enjoy it. Continue reading

GIVEAWAY: destash day 5- art gallery fabrics (closed)



are you guys getting sick of this?  i promise there is an end in sight and there will be winners.  two more stacks after this and we’re done!  these are great fabrics–i kind of can’t believe i’m giving them away, but i’m in purge mode and i can’t stop.  they are all quilting weight, but art gallery fabrics are the one exception i will make in my no quilting cotton for garments policy.  it has a notably nicer hand (as they say in the industry) than other brands.

up for grabs is two colorways of boucherouite (i’m not even checking if i spelled that right), about 1.5 yds of the blue/grey (as seen in my washi) and about 3/4 yd of the pink.  also that awesome prism-y print, about 3/4 yd, that i used as contrast in these shorts that my shorts-hating daughter never wore once.  who wants?

what’s your fave tv show?

GIVEAWAY: fabric destash day 4- kid fabric (closed)



here are a couple kid friendly fabrics for you guys, one yard each.  the fish and apples are both flannel, the giraffes are quilting cotton.  all of them would be cute garments or linings for little ones.

i loved hearing about your favorite books!  how about your favorite movie?  all time favorite, childhood favorite, favorite this year, what have you.