Book Review: Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp

One of my resolutions this year is to learn how to sew. I have a vague knowledge of hemming and I own a vintage Singer Spartan sewing machine, so my only barrier to being the next contestant on Project Runway is practice. It was in this spirit that I ordered the Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp. Read More Book Review: Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp

We Try It: Making an Heirloom Crochet Blanket

My mother taught me how to crochet when I was 28. It took me this long to get into anything remotely crafty – I have never used a sewing machine and would never entertain the idea of darning socks. But that time, I was keen, and I realised crochet is really quite easy (knitting still scares me!) I made the obligatory pot holder, and then taught myself how to make granny squares. The internet is full of all kinds of instructions and patterns, it’s really quite brilliant, even when you are a complete beginner. I started off with the yarn my mum had given me – a lovely mix of cotton and bamboo fibers, and when I later realised it had been discontinued, I managed to find a different brand of the same natural fiber mix. I did not realise that this was quite a heavy yarn, but we’ll get to that later. Read More We Try It: Making an Heirloom Crochet Blanket

The Lazy Lady’s Guide to DIY: Easy Drawstring Backpack

Let’s get a few things out of the way right off the bat: I am terrible at sewing, I find cutting straight lines difficult, and even if I measure once and cut twice, I always end up measuring wrong. That all said: I made these little drawstring bags in about a half hour, and they are very forgiving of mistakes. Read More The Lazy Lady’s Guide to DIY: Easy Drawstring Backpack

DIY: T-Shirt Pillow

This is Soccer Girl. MiniB saw her in a thrift store about three years ago and it was love at first sight. Even though the shirt was big enough for her to wear as a nightgown, she loved it and wore it as often as she could.  Read More DIY: T-Shirt Pillow

Sewing the Wedding Dress: Defining Simple

Part Two, in which “simple” becomes quite complicated

Cindy showed me a sarong style wedding dress she liked; a nicely made, two-piece garment from white charmeuse with orange trim that seemed really affordable.

“Why are you not just ordering this?” I asked.

“I don’t like how it comes up at the waist and shows stomach,” she said. “I’d look horrible. And there’s no boob support. I like the color accents, though. And that it’s simple and flowy.” Read More Sewing the Wedding Dress: Defining Simple

Sewing The Wedding Dress: The Proposal

Part One, in which a friend asks a favor.

“I need you to sew my wedding dress,” my friend, Cindy, said during a break at a work conference recently.

I nearly spat my coffee out laughing. “No!”

“Why not?”

“One, my skills aren’t wedding dress appropriate,” I said. “Two, you’re a demanding bitch and impossible to please.”

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Recap: Project Runway, Episode 9.5: “World Wear III”

Are any of you still alive out there?  Or did Nina Garcia suck out your soul through your nose like she did our designers last week? I prevented my eternal damnation by saying three Hail Michaels and one Our Daddy Gunn, amen.  Hail Michael, full of bitchery. Our designs are with thee. Blessed art thou among couturiers, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, jeggings.

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Recap: Project Runway, Episode 9.1: “The Answer is Always Used Underpants.”

Greetings, fashionistas, reality tee-vee-istas, judges-who-use-too-much-orange-self-tanner-istas – it’s Project Runway time! PR is one of my fav-or-ite shows, even if they did choose a hipster troll who “designs” brown diapers to win last season. Read More Recap: Project Runway, Episode 9.1: “The Answer is Always Used Underpants.”