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Daughter Fish

Month: December, 2011

HAPPY HAPPY!

May your cup runneth over but not onto the carpet or any of your fancy dresses. Happy 2012!

MERRY STAYCATION

When I was a kid, my sister and I were only allowed to watch T.V. on the weekends. The result, as the folks had hoped, was that we read and played outside like normal human beings. But on the weekends (or when we were at a friend’s house on the weekdays!) we turned into zombie [...]

THE SAVE-IT-FOR-THE-JUDGE SKIRT

Last month, I got a fake traffic ticket. By “fake,” I mean the police officer told me it was a warning, but through some bureaucratic nonsense I ended up with a court summons. Yesterday, I made my way to the Atlantic Center Department of Motor Vehicles, a sad warren of offices shoved in the back [...]

MERCI TO ME, MERCI TO YOU

A few months back, when I first joined Twitter, I followed Christine Haynes, a sewing teacher and writer base in L.A. Through one of her tweets (or, more likely, by my procrastinating real work and internet snooping) I saw that Christine had organized a Kickstarter fundraiser to launch two sewing patterns she’d designed. If you’re [...]

THE BEST SPLIT PEA SOUP IN THE WORLD (EAT THAT CAMPBELL’S!)

Whenever my sister or I stayed home sick as kids, my mom served us Campbell’s split pea and saltines. We weren’t so hot on chicken noodle or broths. Through sickness, fake sickness, and health, split pea soup has always been one of my go-to comfort foods. As an adult, I’ve tried making split pea from scratch [...]

FINISHING HAND WORKED BUTTONHOLES

Two weeks. Fifteen episodes of Mad Men. Three bottles of wine. A half bottle of whiskey. Three lost needles. Too many yards of black buttonhole thread. Apparently, that’s my recipe for sewing seven hand-worked buttonholes. There was much less swearing involved with finishing this part of Mr. Fish’s seersucker jacket. As I worked the little [...]

THE NEW YORK “PATCH” BLOUSE (AND A PATTERN GIVE AWAY!)

Learning to sew sometimes feels like learning to drive. At first, you’re clunky, terrified of making mistakes, and you often make wrong turns. But as you excel, you stop thinking so much about the process; the sewing machine, like a steering wheel, starts to feel like an extension of your hands, the pedal part of [...]

PATTERN TESTING, Part I

Awesome Fabric + Cool Design = Fabulousness! But sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes, the whole equals much less than its parts. Last month, Mama Fish brought me a beautiful piece of silk charmeuse from my grandmother. The rose-studded fabric looked as if it were painted with water colors, the leaves and pastel blooms softly bleeding into [...]

I HAVE AN ETSY SHOP! (WHAT?!?)

Starting anything new can be a little terrifying, especially when you’re putting your work on public display. For about ten months I’ve been telling friends I’m opening an Etsy shop. However, each time I’ve  said this, a  curmudgeonly old man that lives in my brain would sneer through black teeth, “I’ll believe it when I see it, [...]

MINDING MY OWN BEESWAX

When I reach the end of a long sewing project, I expect certain things to come easy. For example, after making an entire suit jacket (from a rubbed off pattern, no less!), shaping the notched collar, and inserting my first full lining, the hand-worked buttonholes, I figure, should come as a freebee. It’s only fair. [...]