Done and done: The “Gwen” skirt

This is possibly the longest I’ve ever taken to complete a single garment. It started when I pulled my sister-in-law’s name for our family secret santa. Hot off a pattern alteration course, I decided that I wanted to design the ultimate skirt for Gwen. Several paper drafts, fittings and two muslins later, I finally got…

I tried it: PDF patterns

I love my smartphone and live my life through a multitude of apps. I have not, however, warmed to online shopping. I like to touch the things I’m buying. I like to know exactly what I’m getting. Imagine my dismay when I fell in love with this ruffled blouse pattern on the Burda website, only to…

Mindful sewing: Sewing for others

I’ve committed myself to making my sewing more about the process and less about the product. I’ve decided to start writing occasional posts about the emotional side of sewing. “You made that!?” This statement is usually followed by a slight narrowing of the eyes and a far-off, calculating look. I wonder if she can fix/hem/make… Before I can twirl,…