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…

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,…

Bright beginnings

I have been sewing recreationally for years and am rarely daunted by a sewing project. It has become tradition that, for birthdays and Christmases, my sister gets a carte blanche of one garment as a gift. (She rang her last birthday in wearing a custom Batman dress I created for her.) This Christmas, she decided…