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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 [...]

I’M COOL WITH TIE-DYE, MAN. ARE YOU?

  If you grew up around hippies, you may share my aversion (nearing allergic) to tie-dye. We kids of hippies usually aspire to a much more square kind of lifestyle and dress. So, it was with some surprise that I recently noticed myself admiring all the tie-dyed clothing I’ve been seeing this spring. (Maybe I’m [...]

THE BLACK/WHITE MASHUP

Today’s dress was inspired by the Sew Weekly challenge. For those not familiar, Sew Weekly is basically an online sewing circle, and every week there’s a theme. This week’s inspiration was the black-and-white gown that Audrey Hepburn wears to the Royal Ascot race in My Fair Lady. My dress is probably NOT appropriate for the [...]

PROCRASTINATION AND THE ART OF THE EVERYWOMAN TUBE DRESS

So, I’m working on something kind of big. At least, in my mind it’s big—as in intimidating, with lots of room for failure. I’m making a dress for someone else, and this dress is made of silk. NINE-AND-A-HALF YARDS OF EXPENSIVE, BEAUTIFUL, SLIPPERY SILK. Last week, I spent two afternoons getting to know the fabric, [...]

MARTHA GRAHAM AND THE CASE OF THE NOT-SO-MAXI MAXI

Between the ages of 10 and 14, my favorite part of the day generally landed around 3:30 p.m., right about when dance class started. We lived in a small town with very few cultural type activities for kids interested in the arts. Thankfully a wonderful, tireless sixth grade teacher taught ballet and modern nearly daily in [...]

PICNIC BY A LAKE DRESS

  “Once your work feels stale and tiresome you should present it to the public.” Joel and Ethan Coen, Blood Simple When Little House on the Prairie was still on T.V. regularly, and I was about 10, I remember an episode when Laura made a dress for a rich lady in town. I think the [...]

ORANGETASTIC

It took me a long time to come to terms with the color orange.  You see, my elementary, middle, and high school mascot was the Bengal tiger (naturally, on the Oregon coast*), so for 12 years orange was a fixture of my daily life, plastered on the gym floors, peppered on sports uniforms, the chosen [...]

HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE NORTHEAST SUMMERS

In the frigid, bone cracking depths of last winter, you better believe I dreamt of a scene similar to what’s going on in this picture. I think most people in the Northeast are breathing a collective sigh over the beautiful spring days we’re having, while bracing for the coming heat. I used to think I [...]

SILLY REGRETS AND SEWING ON THE BIAS

“You can do anything you can get away with, but no one has ever gotten away with much.” - Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose Since my wedding in the fall of 2009, I’ve regretted not making my wedding dress. Originally I planned to. I had pictures of bias-cut “inspiration” dresses from the 1930’s hoarded on [...]