pattern review · sewing

Pattern Review: Simplicity 8172 (Kimono-Style Jacket)

Overview Featuring dolman sleeves and a bias-tape neck facing, this simple jacket is very easy to sew. I made it in a cotton voile with beautiful drape, making it the perfect piece for light Texas layers. The tapering bias and flounce mean it should also be a serviceable cover-up to wear while nursing. I made… Continue reading Pattern Review: Simplicity 8172 (Kimono-Style Jacket)

make do and mend · sewing · studio projects

Make Do and Mend: Jogging Stroller Strap Replacement

I’ve always loved hand-me-downs. As a child, I refused to wear clothes without “stories” – either the story of how my Mama made it, or the story of the person who owned and wore it before me. Having a baby has renewed my love for hand-me-downs.  Recently, some friends of my husband gave us their… Continue reading Make Do and Mend: Jogging Stroller Strap Replacement

history & philosophy · quilting · sewing

Texts & Textiles: Utility Quilts

I found this wonderful line in a book on Mary Lee Bendolph and the Gee's Bend quilts. Like the improvisational nature of utility quilts themselves, this quote captures the tension between wanting to create something beautiful and craftsmanlike, while bearing the burden of urgent family and work needs. Where do you feel this tension? What… Continue reading Texts & Textiles: Utility Quilts

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