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Month: November, 2011

SEERSUCKER JACKET, PART DEUX

Generally, I like to hit deadlines, self imposed or otherwise. However, I often throw myself ambitious projects on unachievable timelines. It’s an awesome recipe for guilt (in case you’re looking for one!). I dreamed of Mr. Fish wearing his new seersucker jacket at Thanksgiving dinner, but in the end it was either finishing the jacket [...]

HOLIDAY HAM

Tomorrow we’re having turkey, but today I’m having ham And sausage, in its cleanest state, has come to join our fam Suit fairy please don’t fail me. I’m really on a roll. With help from Mama Fish and tailor hams I’m sure to meet my goal!* *Goal: Finish Mr. Fish’s seersucker suit jacket for Thanksgiving dinner! Tailor [...]

WEEK OF THANKS GIVING + LEEK AND MUSHROOM TART

Yesterday, Mama Fish arrived in town bearing many gifts, including the bead extravaganza pictured up top. The round ones are “pop” beads, from the 60′s, and I can lengthen and shorten them to whatever length I like. I duked it out with my 2-year-old niece for the right to keep them for a little while, [...]

CLOTHING SUITED TO TODAY’S CHALLENGING LIFESTYLE

My grandmother says that if you put an intention into the universe, wondrous things will return to you. This is also probably something my mother-in-law might say. And how fitting, as I’ve been conspiring to make a relaxed t-shirt based off of a shirt she wore, circa 1983, which I saw in a family album recently. [...]

A NEW YORK BLOUSE

When I first moved to New York, I came with $2,000 in the bank, no job (but with a list of contacts), and two suitcases of my worldly possessions. Plenty of people have had it worse. At least I had a sublet of a sublet: a squalid one bedroom  in the East Village with a [...]

RE-DO: FINISHING JERSEY KNIT

I’ve been obsessed with clean finishes lately, and this weekend I experimented with redoing the bottom edge of my LolliTop. Since it was made from scraps, I ripped and re-sewed without regret. In the end, it was a showdown between my regular machine and oft maligned serger. Single Row of Top Stitches Originally, I finished the [...]

BurdaStyle PARTY! SO. MUCH. FUN!

Sewing is a solitary sport. Most of the people I know who sew aslo happen to own two cats. Combined, this means most of us only talk to our cats about our passion for the cloth, and cats are terrible conversationalists. But last night  Mr. Fish (shall I call him King Fish?) and I went to the [...]

THE GOOD SHIP LOLLiTOP

Between two trips out West this month, and Christmas on the horizon, Mr. Fish and I are battening down the bank account and doing more with less. This means stash sewing only— in some cases, scrap stash sewing only. I made this cowl-neck top of remnants from this maillot project, and I scored my backdrop [...]

FEAR AND LOATHING IN SERGER TOWN

Last Christmas, Mr. Fish and I made a deal: I’d sew him a felted wool suit jacket (ahem), and he’d buy me a serger. Almost a year later, said jacket (and another!) still hangs half sewn in my sewing nook. There’s probably a special ring of sewing hell* for this sort of transgression. Of course, [...]

COLORADO (THE DRIEST PLACE ON EARTH)

Mr. Fish and I needed to make an unexpected trip to Colorado this week, and traded snow storms in the East for the bone-dry expanses of the Front Range. The snow, apparently, follows us here tonight. I am not convinced, however, that this white stuff will actual be made of condensed moisture. Judging from how [...]