All about pleats

Pleats are huge right now. It’s impossible to walk into any trendy store and not see micro-pleats, knife pleats, or multiple sizes of pleats on one garment. I too, love pleats. When designing the skirt for Gwen, I had originally decided for large box pleats because I thought it would be easier. After my first…

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,…