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Month: October, 2012

TEXAS CALLING

Food. Coma. That’s exactly what I’m climbing out of after a whirlwind weekend in Austin, where, between visiting friends and attending a conference, I managed to fit in an unwholesome amount of barbecue and all kinds of texmex in a mere 60 hours. I know Austin has a lot more to offer, but when I’m [...]

I DOUBLE HEART NY (AND ADDING LONG SLEEVES TO ONESIES)

When Mama Fish was in town a couple weeks ago, we decided to pimp out a couple of onsies for my twin niece and nephew back in Seattle. The ubiquitous short-sleeved I heart NY onsies, found in hundreds of tourist shops near my apartment, don’t cut it for damp fall evenings in the Northwest. At the [...]

DRAPING 101: TRUEING THE MASTER BODICE BLOCK

One thing I love about sewing and, I think, pattern making, is that there are rules. Hard, steadfast, mathematically correct rules that’ll show me, almost immediately, when I’ve done something wrong. This is sort of the opposite of other parts of my life, where the right and wrong paths aren’t always obvious, where career decisions [...]

ORGANIZING THE NOOK: WATERCOLOR BOX STORAGE

When Mr. Fish and I were packing up our Brooklyn apartment in August, I did a serious purge, getting rid of most anything that I hadn’t worn in more than a year, giving more than half of our furniture (well, the Ikea stuff!) to a sweet trio of recent college grads next door (serendipitous for [...]

YOU SAY SHIBORI, I SAY SHIBORI

For about two years now, I’ve been lusty over shibori—Japanese tie dye. Which is why it was a little like a gift from a fabric geek’s Make A Wish Foundation when Coursehorse invited me and a few other bloggers to a shibori class at the Textile Arts Center this week. Who is Coursehorse, you ask? [...]

DRAPING 101: AN INTRO

About ten years ago, when I still lived in Seattle and would make a few yearly pilgrimages to Portland’s Powell’s City of Books (a.k.a. a city block of awesome), I bought Dress Design: Draping and Flat Pattern Making. At a cool $40, it was a big splurge*, especially on a used book, but I couldn’t [...]

ORGANIZING THE NOOK: MASON JAR PIN CUSHION

Every fall , my parents used to make home-canned tuna. Papa Fish caught the tuna on his commercial fishing boat off Oregon, then, after he sold the boat, he bought tuna from a guy he knew. Canning was always a big production. Papa Fish would fillet about 200 pounds of whole tuna on a table [...]

LOATH INTO LIKE INTO LOVE: THE CHRISTIAN BALENCIAGA-ESQUE TOPCOAT

Lately, I’ve found that the enjoyment I feel from a me-made garment has an inverse relationship with how painful it was to sew. Basically, the more I hate something while sewing it, the more I seem to like it afterward. Take this tartan-print topcoat. Midway through making it last week, I was ready to slash [...]