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THE COWL HOODIE

If Snuffleupagus and a medieval nun had a love child, I think it might look something like my new cowl/hoodie shirt. I realize this sort of union is probably illegal, immoral, and just plain wrong. But really, the shirt is so comfortable, it has to be right. I wore her all last week—including to Thanksgiving dinner, [...]

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 [...]

ETSY-RIFIQUE AND THE FUTURE DRESS TUTORIAL (ON ITS WAY!)

After a long hiatus, I’m starting to restock my Etsy shop. This is proving a fun way to test out some new designs, as well as thin out my stash for our coming move to a much-reduced space in Midtown. I’m also starting to stock some items that have been popular with friends (hello Future [...]

KICKING ASS AND TAKING NAMES

At some point this past weekend, while I was working on a writing project, the above phrase popped into my head. Like a kung fu master with a clipboard, I want to kick ass and take names. Of course, I’m not actually going to kick any one person’s booty. Just reach my own goals. Perhaps [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

THE FAKE SHAMUS PRINT (VIA SPOONFLOWER!) SORBETTO

As the wife of an artist, I may not fly to the Riviera on our hedge-fund jet or zip around in a Lamborghini (although my man loves him a Countach!), I am constantly delighted by the pictures that come out of Mr. Fish’s (aka Shamus Clisset’s) head and the creativity he’s helped sow and tend [...]