It’s Fashion Revolution Day!


If you have read much on my blog, then you may know that I have made the decision not to buy much new apparel. I only buy things that I can not make well, like under garments and shoes.  What you may not know is I spend significant amount of my time teaching students about retailing and fashion merchandising. Sometimes, I feel that this conflicts with some of my values, as a person and as a consumer, but it also gives me a chance to expose them to aspects of retailing they may have never considered. (more…)

Bias Ribbon Tutorial


I recently started making these for my 7-year-old daughter. She has decided that she is too old for traditional bows. So, we have moved onto new ways to accessorize her hair. I really love these ribbons more than traditional grosgrain or satin ribbons. First, because of the variety in designs you can have. Secondly, because this technique utilizes the bias grain of the fabric to make a somewhat stretchy ribbon that can be tied tighter around hair. This is great for my daughter’s fine, slippery hair. We have also discovered that the stretch of the bias allows you to use the ribbons, as headbands. This technique could also be used to make fun shoelaces, too. Bias fabric ribbons can be made at just about any length and this is a great way to utilize fabric project leftovers. The other great thing about this tutorial is it can be a no sew projects, as well as, a sewn one.


Introducing The Canny Tunic

Canny Cover

I am very excited about the release of my latest pattern The Canny Tunic. I originally designed this pattern for myself a little over a year ago, when I did my first  Six Month Challenge. I need a comfortable, quick to sew top that looked great. I have it in about 10 different colors. I love wearing it with skinny jeans or tights. It can be styled so many ways.  It is now available in sizes xxs-3x. It is sure to be an asset to you wardrobe and sewing pattern collection.


10 Minute Hand Warmer Tutorial


Hello Everyone!

What I have for you today, is a great last minute gift idea. These are really fun and really quick to make. It is a great project to do with kids for teachers and family. We will be making some this weekend.  What also makes them great is they are functional and fun and almost free to make. Most of you, already have everything you need to make them in your home right now.


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