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DRAPE DRAPE 3, # 8, THREE PIECE TUCK DRAPE SHORTS

For a couple of years, I’ve been curious about the series of Drape Drape books by Hisako Sato, trolling blogs to see how the pretty draped patterns actually translated on a variety of figures. If you’re not familiar with these books, they’re styled beautifully, with gorgeous (and very skinny) Lolita-like models in all manner of loungy, [...]

EXPERIMENTING WITH MADAME GRES-INSPIRED PLEATS

Since my baby was born, my husband and I have been playing a delicate little dance of lets-split-our-free-time. He, being an artist, needs time in his studio. As a writer, sewing fiend, and a person generally used to lots of time alone, I also need time in my studio. Problem is, I don’t really have [...]

THREAD CULT IN THREADS MAGAZINE! AND A NEW EPISODE WITH SUSAN KHALJE…

I opened my mailbox this afternoon to a nice surprise. The April/May issue of Threads gives a lovely shout out to Thread Cult. Hello page 82! Actually, I knew the podcast was getting a mention in the magazine, but it was still nice to see it so early (for the shortest month, February sure seems to [...]

CAFTAN, SQUARED

For a while I’ve been a little obsessed with geometry. Specifically, how triangles, squares, and circles translate into  wearable (and pretty!) garments. Simplicity is playing its part. The hobbies in my life have, inevitably, required some streamlining since becoming a mother. And living in a one-bedroom Manhattan apartment certainly limits the area I have to [...]

THE BABIES WHO LUNCH JACKET

Something I’ve noticed since becoming a mother is that I’m generally dressing Baby better than myself. Take this wool kimono jacket I made last fall, when Baby was 3 months, but that she can still fit into at 8 months (albeit, now as a three-quarter length jacket). I’ve needed a nice little black jacket, literally, [...]

THREAD CULT #26 WITH KOLLABORA’S NORA ABOUSTEIT

On an early morning this week, I caught up with Nora Abousteit, the lovely founder and CEO of Kollabora, and one of the founders of BurdaStyle.com. Nora really has a wonderful vision for modernizing the sewing and craft worlds, bringing the best of old-school media into the Internet age. It was great to chat with her [...]

BABY FIREFLY

Although I haven’t posted many makes here over the past year, I have actually been sewing. Tiny things. Baby things. My interview with Liesl Gibson for last week’s Thread Cult inspired me to make an Oliver + S pattern, the Firefly— an adorable, kimono-style jacket with fluttery sleeves. Boy, is it hard taking pictures of this [...]

THREAD CULT HAS A NEW HOME! AND A NEW EPISODE!

When I think about the past year, it’s a little hard to believe that I’ve had a baby, started a podcast, and that my day job as a freelance writer and editor has only gotten busier. When it rains it pours, and I’m not complaining, but it’s left me very little time for anything extra. [...]

STORIES IN CLOTH WITH QUILTER MAURA GRACE AMBROSE, #24 OF THREAD CULT

 ”Quilting is such a social process. It’s such a self expression, in that the quilts are beautiful designs and they can speak for themselves. There’s such a wonderful story behind them, whether it’s the maker, or what they were doing, or what was going on at the times, or how the fabrics came to be, [...]

MODERN PATCHWORK WITH DENYSE SCHMIDT, #23 OF THREAD CULT

One of my artist friends, who moonlights as a custom quilter, likes to call her creations bed paintings. I love this term, and I think it’s an apt description for the work of Denyse Schmidt, my most recent guest on Thread Cult. I’ve admired Denyse’s quilts for years. Her modern take on a very old [...]