Jeffrey and I rode our bicycles, lightly packed for an overnight, in search of handmade to the town of Troy, Ohio. The cycling was gorgeous as we moved alongside the river on the Great Miami River Recreational Trail. A thirty mile ride almost entirely on the bike path. I love a short trip that has […]
Rubbing replication and reconstruction is an easy way to replicate your favorite garments.
I frequently get asked to make replicas of garments. When I tell the client I will need to dissect their garment I usually get a crazy look followed by, “You can’t cut this XYZ.” Over the years I have found new ways around […]
Have you ever wished you could make something cute and quick to add to your garment just to take everything up a notch? With appliqué you can! Appliqué is basically making your own patches. Fabric stores will carry ready made appliqués or patches also.
I created a patch for a dress with carrots as the […]
I am about to blow your mind with this simple and glamorous dress. Most garments are made up of shapes. This 1930s gown looks like a fancy Bohemian wedding dress although it’s really made up of one tube, one rectangle and two circle shapes.
The Shapes. I like to start with cutting out everything larger. […]
I have sewn many patches on leather jackets. I’ve mended leather and pleather (artificial leather) and so when Tim Morris of Iron Dog Salvage in Tipp City asked me to sew leather leg caps for a ladder I got to put those skills to use.
Buying the leather. I searched Etsy for soft […]
When I was a little girl getting a birthday dress was better than getting a new baby doll.
These days I do not have a lot of time to sew personal projects. I look for garments I can make in a couple hours. This dress was inspired by a […]
What most people are not aware of is that a lot of dress styles are not new but instead reflect vintage styles. If you can find the right silhouette most of the time you can alter the pattern just enough to make the dress look like its inspiration. I was honored to be asked to make […]
Have you ever really struggled to find the perfect project or pattern for a great fabric? How about not having enough fabric for some awesome pattern you already have? Here is a project I completed and how I managed to overcome similar issues.
I have a really cool print […]
Last year we had so much fun at Rosewood Art Centre fashion camp that we’re doing it again! Rosewood has sewing machines available for class use and I will be supplying the fabric from community donations. (Thanks sewing friends)
Day one – We all learn to use the sewing machines and get a lot of […]