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”

Berlin Fabric Haul = Wanted Tee and Blackwood Cardigan (and some Squamingos), so far

I bought a ton of fabric when I took a trip to Berlin a couple of months ago. I purposely only packed my suitcase about half full *just in case* I *might* buy some fabric. Hahahahaha. I visited Stoff & Stil where I purchased that Squamingo fabric I turned into a too-small tee, as well as the awesome tiger jacquard pictured below that I hope … Continue reading Berlin Fabric Haul = Wanted Tee and Blackwood Cardigan (and some Squamingos), so far

Inari Tee Dress by Named Clothing - Frivolous At Last

Thinking About a Custom-Printed Sprout Pattern? Here’s What You Need to Know

Have you tried Sprout Patterns? I have no affiliation but recently ordered a custom-printed pattern from them and wanted to share with you how that experience went. (Yes, Sprout, you’re welcome for the full-length infomercial.) Sprout is an offshoot of the custom fabric printing service Spoonflower, which allows you to upload your own fabric design — or choose from thousands of designs already uploaded by … Continue reading Thinking About a Custom-Printed Sprout Pattern? Here’s What You Need to Know

Help Me Get Flamingos Into My Life

Help! What do I do with this flamingo fabric? I’m in love with it but I’m afraid I’m going to sew something that will make me look seven years old. It’s one meter of mid-weight cotton jersey. I’ve photographed it with some leftover modal jersey I used for my Plantain Tee that seems to be a good match…because maybe all-over flamingo would be too much? Maybe … Continue reading Help Me Get Flamingos Into My Life

Take These Scraps And…

My city has a pretty amazing recycling program, accepting just about anything for recycling…compost, styrofoam, glass, plastic bags; you name it…except textiles. Now I know you all share the secret shame of home sewists: producing extraordinary amounts of little scraps of fabric that can’t be used for much of anything except landfill. Why this is a problem is summed up well by Craig and Marc … Continue reading Take These Scraps And…

Fabric Porn: Fabric Shopping in Rome (with some Shoes, Cats, Ancient Ruins, and Cheesecake thrown in for good measure)

While I was on vacation in Italy last month I got a little obsessed about finding fabric stores wherever I went. Yelp was being cheeky and sending me to anything from card & gift shops to a grungy little hole-in-the-wall where a couple who should’ve long since been retired were presiding over some dusty old packages of sheet sets and were NOT happy when I … Continue reading Fabric Porn: Fabric Shopping in Rome (with some Shoes, Cats, Ancient Ruins, and Cheesecake thrown in for good measure)