Category Archives: sewing


So I’m back from Canada, ey! Didja miss me? A couple of important things I learned up north: the BC Ferries have excellent soft serve ice cream (dense and fluffy at the same time), and the cafes have “americano mistos” … Continue reading

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I’m gonna git you, seersucka

So I’ve been a bit obsessed with this Japanese fabric store Rick Rack. They also produce patterns and books, so I managed to hunt down one of the books. I think I got it online from Kinokuniya. There’s a handful … Continue reading

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adventures in t-shirts; or, those darn Japanese

I live in T-shirts, but I must say that finding the perfect-fitting T-shirt is an elusive beast. It doesn’t help that I will love the fit of one shirt one day then hate it the next. As my father used … Continue reading

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party dress; or, the long and winding road

Here we go again with my toils in patternmaking! I want to keep hammering away at patternmaking so I don’t forget what I learned and also to try to improve my very limited skills. So, when we got invited to … Continue reading

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the shirt

My primary goal in the Patternmaking III class I took at Portland Sewing was to come up with the perfect button-down shirt pattern. I learned during the patternmaking classes that I have freakish shoulders. They are wide and stick out, … Continue reading

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summer swimmin’; or, what I learned in swimwear class

Okay, so this is all about the learning PROCESS, and how failures can also be successes. Or something. Anyway, I just finished taking a swimwear class with Portland Sewing, the great school where I took patternmaking. I learned a lot, … Continue reading

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berry fine

I have a bit of a thing for the strawberry motif. Okay, that’s a bit of an understatement. Anyway, I had a couple of small pieces of this strawberry fabric in my stash. The pieces were really too small to … Continue reading

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rick rack tunic

I have been somewhat obsessed with Japanese fabric and pattern manufacturer & shop Rick Rack for a few years now. Unfortunately, they do not ship to the United States (not as far as I can tell, that is). Fortunately, my … Continue reading

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look away, lulu

I got a top by an undisclosed brand and liked it enough to attempt to rip off the design. It has a lot of serged seams and such, so I thought it might be fun to try to duplicate. The … Continue reading

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pulling the wool over my eyes

Yo! I’m back! Well, for now. I got this washable wool jersey at Rose City Textiles here in Portland. It’s pretty luscious stuff–stretchy and warm with a good amount of heft. I often have a tough time deciding what to … Continue reading

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