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A Rosy Outfit for the City of Roses

Jeez, I made this in spring last year and forgot to show you! I attended the Pattern Review Weekend in Portland, Oregon — about 100 sewing fanatics met up to chat, learn, go fabric shopping, and have fun. There was a themed sewing contest and since Portland is known as an ideal place to grow roses (you can visit their International Rose Test Garden), the … Continue reading A Rosy Outfit for the City of Roses

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Five Sewing and Knitting ‘Misses’ of 2019

It’s always fun to look at failed projects! Of course, beauty (or success) is in the eye of the beholder. According to my eye, these were fairly dismal results. Behold, exhibit number One: the Ines Sweater by We Are All Knitters, using their cotton pima yarn. Some serious sloppiness with this one, but I swear it’s the fault of the pattern design. It was a … Continue reading Five Sewing and Knitting ‘Misses’ of 2019

Create Your Own Challenge! Slow Fashion 2020

#SlowFashion2020: Create Your Own Sustainable Challenge

Hi friends! Happy holiday season to you! As we come to the end of another year, how about a fresh new challenge for a fresh new 2020? I’ve started up Slow Fashion 2020, where you decide what challenge you want to set for yourself in terms of being more sustainable with your clothing making/purchasing. As you probably know, textile waste is a serious problem, and … Continue reading #SlowFashion2020: Create Your Own Sustainable Challenge

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

#SewSolidarity with Garment Workers

Charlotte over at sewcialists.wordpress.com posted this recently and I thought it was such a great initiative that I got her permission to reblog her post in its entirety. Have you got anything in your closet you could refashion in #SewSolidarity ? Sewcialists On April 24th it will be two years since the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh. At least 1,133 garment workers … Continue reading #SewSolidarity with Garment Workers

‘Tis the Season for Split Personality (not to mention split pants seams)

Here’s a first world problem for you: do you find yourself torn between getting caught up in the ‘holiday spirit’ while feeling a bit icky about all the excess consumption? Of course you do; it’s inevitable this time of year. On one hand we want to honour this special occasion by decorating, baking & cooking, and giving gifts. On the other hand, this all takes … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season for Split Personality (not to mention split pants seams)