Last week I was lucky enough to be able to travel to Los Angeles for a bit of a break from winter. (Although I seemed to have brought the winter along with me from Toronto — the LA newscasts were full of handwringing about how damn COLD it was there. Alas.) Anyway, one of the reasons for my trip was to hang out with Helena, … Continue reading Meeting an old friend for the first time!
Just a friendly reminder as we enter the holiday season and the shudder-inducing, pathological consumption of “Black Friday” approaches: we don’t need all that STUFF. We’re better with less. Stuff is what created the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an unfathomably huge area of plastic waste that doesn’t biodegrade, leaches harmful chemicals into the sea, and kills marine life. The manufacturing, shipping, packaging, and discarding of … Continue reading We Are Better With Less
Hi friends! Do you live in a remote place? (I’m open to various interpretations of the word “remote”– it’s all relative, after all.) I’m really interested to hear about the challenges you face when you don’t have fabric and pattern stores within a short trip nearby. Where I live, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, there’s an embarrassment of riches when it comes to places to purchase fabric, … Continue reading Sewing in far-away (close-by) places
Hey friends! Guess who won second place in the Pattern Review Handbag Contest?? Thank you SO MUCH for helping me out with your votes. I am very grateful and very happy! And I’m loving my new bag. I’ve been busy lately, including work on the next episode of the Clothes Making Mavens podcast which will be released soon, so things have been a bit quiet here … Continue reading With a Little Help From My Friends, Part 2: THANK YOU
My mother sewed my prom dress for me. It’s a MASTERPIECE. It was 1988 and we were big on, well, BIG. Big hair, big flounces, and lots of taffeta. Look at that sweetheart neckline and that flattering drop waist. And there’s boning in that bodice — boning! But wait, there’s more icing on the back: Look at those layers, and that BOW! Points to anyone … Continue reading Thanks, Mom, for Teaching Me to Love Sewing
Last week I did something pretty far out of my comfort zone, and discovered something delightful in the process. At first glance it seems like it’s got nothing to do with sewing or making, but stick with me for a moment… I’m a *somewhat* athletic person, but I don’t like to go to gyms or work out in the traditional sense. I keep in passable … Continue reading With a Little Help From My Friends
I have way too many shared aesthetic tastes with my 13-year-old niece, and as a 40-something-year-old woman I probably should be worried about that. But I’m not worried about our most recent shared interest: we’re both delighted with the colouring books we got for Christmas! In addition to subsisting on nothing but saturated fats for the last few days, I have been spending all of … Continue reading Saturated Fat & Saturated Colour