as previously mentioned, i recently made a goal to sew more things for myself. so on my birthday a few months ago I took the day off work and made trips to my two favorite fabric stores in the east bay: a verb for keeping warm and stonemountain & daughter and got fabrics specifically for this purpose.
one of the patterns on my to-sew list was the lark cardigan, which is an adaptation of the lark tee from grainline studio. i believe the first time you sew a pattern it's best to follow the instructions and hold off on any alterations or hacks. so before I embarked on the cardigan variation I thought it best to make a basic lark tee with the lightweight grey knit I picked up at a verb for keeping warm.Read More
today is my birthday! so I'm going to talk about some sewing I want to do in the next year for myself.Read More
have I mentioned lately that the bay area has the best weather?
then again i spent the first quarter decade of my life in the mid west and northeast, so perhaps i'm easily impressed.
since i no longer need cold weather gear, I've developed a fondness for what i call 'san francisco scarves' or infinity scarves made from cotton.Read More
two years ago our friends joe and kathryn got married and i decided to use the occasion to make myself a new dress.
it was amazing. i spent hours looking at prints before ordering a few swatches. once they arrived i quickly settled on the teal serpentine and placed an order for two yards in cotton sateen.Read More
because of our age vic and i go to a lot of weddings these days. because we meet in college (same freshman dorm) a lot of these weddings have the similar guest lists.
last fall we had three weddings, three weekends in a row, all on the east coast. by the time we got through the second (our fifth of the year) i was so sick of all my dresses i couldn't bear the thought of wearing any of them the next week, especially when half the guest list would be the same.
so i did the logical thing and decided to make a dress 100 hours before the ceremony.Read More
sometimes aunt maggie needs to sew for herself. now in general i prefer to sew for kids over adults for a few reasons:
- kids clothing doesn't have to fit precisely (it's more about drawstrings and elastic waistbands, less darts and zippers). because this part is easier, i can focus my energy on trying new and different techniques, patterns, and fabrics.
- i'm not really a clothes girl, seriously if i could pull off that whole steve jobs uniform thing i would.
- adult clothing takes a lot more fabric and time, which is tough for me to commit to. maybe i should explore that in therapy.