DIY utensil roll for brown bag lunches


I don’t mind telling you I failed spectacularly at keeping my 2013 resolutions, especially the ones about healthy eating. Oops! But I shall persevere for 2014 nevertheless. Thus, I have vowed to commit to brown bag lunches on the days I teach at the studio. As with all things in my life, my new resolutions […]

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in bloom year round


Fabric flowers are so great – they are fun to make, easy to wear, and add color and interest to your outfit. I’ve used them on several handbags from my main collections, including the zaria envelope clutch, the oasis wristlet, and the idyllic envelope clutch: They are also, of course, awesome to wear on your […]

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the easy way to sew a narrow hem


Be honest now…how many sewing projects do you have that are nearly finished…except for the hem? Yeah, hemming is a pain. Especially when you need a really tiny one. Well guess what friends, I’m going to show you an easy way to do a tiny, narrow hem (without needing a fancy presser foot)! I’ll use […]

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sneak peek: 2 yards 10 gifts!

coming soon

Later this month, I’ll be releasing an e-book of sewing patterns called 2 Yards 10 Gifts. It is exactly what it says on the tin! Ten gifts that you can make, using only two yards of fabric (yes, you can make all ten with just 2 yards)! Next weekend, I’ll be hosting a special workshop […]

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tired turtleneck transformed


Too much alliteration? Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Anywho, check out my latest refashion: Many years ago, I went through an inexplicable turtleneck-loving stage, which ended suddenly and with even less explanation.  These days I can’t stand wearing turtlenecks, but I hate being cold even more. The obvious solution is to turn those turtlenecks into something […]

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wear it this weekend: a holiday sweater you’ll actually wear


I’m going to my first holiday party of the season this weekend. (Incidentally, it’s my 8th anniversary party. Click here to see the Facebook invite and RSVP!) Obviously I want to wear something sparkly, but going to the mall depresses me…time for a refashion! I started with a plain black cardigan. Another refugee from my […]

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small business saturday sale!


Happy Small Business Saturday, friends! I’m having a sale! If you ever wanted handcrafted goodness that is colorful and stylish and unlike what you’ll find at any big box store, now’s your chance to get it for a steal. Use the code SOLUTION at checkout to get 30% off everything that I make! That’s all […]

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wear it this weekend: nautical cardi refashion


Although September is well under way, around here it’s still a little warm for long sleeves and jackets. It’s the perfect weather for layers, like a nice lightweight cardigan. You can make this cute nautical style cardigan from a t-shirt, and wear it this weekend! This tutorial is very easily adapted to different weight shirts […]

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sewing olympics 2012: start training now!


It’s that time again! During the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, I challenged myself with my own personal sewing olympics, and I want to do the same during the London games this year. My goal: a trench coat. Specifically, McCall’s 5525. Check it out: The last few Burberry runway shows have made me obsessed with having […]

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how to wear green, part 3: with gray


Don’t ever let anybody tell you that bright and bold colors cannot also be chic and sophisticated! As with any image you try to project, it’s all in the cut and quality of your clothes, as well as the styling of your outfit. Let’s see what happens when a bright green is paired with gray… […]

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