ethical fashion · sewing

Pattern Review: Simplicity 8384

Overview Fashioned from an old curtain and bedsheet, this Simplicity 8384 shirtdress has become a staple in my wardrobe, despite some serious frustrations while sewing it.  I combined the sleeveless bodice from view A with the skirt from view B. Virtues I liked this pattern immediately: it's fitted bodice, a-line skirt, and fun hemline options… Continue reading Pattern Review: Simplicity 8384

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book review · ethical fashion · history & philosophy

Book Review: The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy

Rivoli, Pietra. The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy. 2nd ed. Wiley, 2014. {Direct Link} Over the past year, I've been part of a "local fiber" study group through the Weavers' and Spinners Society of Austin. The purpose of the group was to explore current systems of textile production, to learn about the concept of… Continue reading Book Review: The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy

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Guest post on Tuesday Justice!

My longtime friend Michelle Palmer has co-founded an excellent site called Tuesday Justice. Focused on questions of oppression, equality, and freedom, Michelle and her co-editor, Channon Oyeniran offer ways to engage these important matters of justice on ordinary days and in everyday ways. This week they've asked me to write about how justice relates to… Continue reading Guest post on Tuesday Justice!

ethical fashion · pattern review · studio projects

Pattern Review: Simplicity 8231

Overview From the picture on the pattern envelope, this dress looks like everything I want in a summery frock: breezy, light, and with good options for sleeves (or lack thereof) and length. I made this version out of a bedsheet I had in my workroom (and apparently channeled my inner cheesy-grinned four-year-old when my husband… Continue reading Pattern Review: Simplicity 8231