It’s International Day of the Girl

October 11th is the International Day of the Girl, and to mark it, I’m really happy to announce the release of a very special documentary my students produced. Last February I took a group of students to Kenya to shoot a film about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and the work that AMREF Health Africa is doing to put an end to this dangerous practice. (You … Continue reading It’s International Day of the Girl

Blackwood Cardigan and McCall’s Cross-over Top

So it seems the Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet is going into my Lay’s Potato Chip Hall of Fame, along with the Aurora Tank. (You know, betcha can’t make just one.*) I recently posted about the mustard-coloured one I made, and now there’s this one, and I’m thinking there might be one or two more in my future before I’m done with it. In a … Continue reading Blackwood Cardigan and McCall’s Cross-over Top

The Versatile Blackwood Cardigan

A little public service announcement for all book-loving sewists before I tell you about the Blackwood Cardigan: come join Melanie’s Literary Sewing Circle! We’re reading Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, discussing the book online, and sewing something inspired by the book. Hope to see you there! Are you in on the #cosycardichallenge on Instagram? Even if you don’t have an Instagram account … Continue reading The Versatile Blackwood Cardigan

By the Pricking of My Thumbs, A Wicked Sewalong This Way Comes

I’m so excited! Melanie from followingthethread.ca is hosting a literary sewalong! I have been thinking about how great it would be to do something like that for a while now, and the universe answered my half-baked thoughts about it by sending a fairy-literary-sewalong-mother in the shape of Melanie to organize and host it. Woo-hoo! The first book Melanie has proposed for her Literary Sewing Circle … Continue reading By the Pricking of My Thumbs, A Wicked Sewalong This Way Comes

Cali Faye Fenix Romper – Summer into Fall

Hi friends! Happy September! I can’t wait to get myself to a fabric store to buy some luscious sweater knits for Autumn, but at the same time I’m not quite ready to give up on fast and fun summer makes. So here’s a summery romper that can be styled various ways to go straight into Fall. This is the Fenix Romper by Cali Faye, a … Continue reading Cali Faye Fenix Romper – Summer into Fall

Danish Cranes, or How I Learned “How to do Fashion”

Have you ever sewn something and thought, ugh, kind of a disaster, I’ll probably never wear that? Well yes, of course you have, you’re a sewist, and that’s part of the deal, right? But have you ever then changed your mind and realized it’s not a disaster at all and it’s actually not only wearable but even pretty awesome? That’s what happened with me and … Continue reading Danish Cranes, or How I Learned “How to do Fashion”