Kid’s Fave Tee by Patterns for Pirates {Garment Sewing Challenge}

  When I started my garment sewing challenge in January, I assumed I would make pieces for myself. Miss No No had another idea though. As she saw me making clothes, she wanted more homemade clothes too. How can I resist? We are fortunate to live in San Diego and to be members of the San Diego Zoo. When you …

Deepika Prakash of Pattern Review {Podcast Episode #112}

Continuing the discussion of garment sewing in the month of May, today’s podcast guest is Deepika Prakash. Deepika created Pattern Review, a garment sewing website and community with reviews, forums, contests, patterns for sale and more. (See the home page below…)   During our conversation, we talk about what motivated Deepika to create her website in 2001, why she feels …

Peter Lappin of Male Pattern Boldness {Podcast Episode #110}

Continuing my garment sewing series interviews, today’s podcast guest is Peter Lappin of Male Pattern Boldness. I recently discovered Peter on instagram and started following his classwork from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. He posts about his thrifting adventures, the books inspiring him on his journey along with his creations and finds for his “cousin” Cathy. During our conversation, we …

Springfield Tank Top {Garment Sewing Challenge}

  For my 2017 sewing challenge, I am exploring garment sewing. After January’s Linden sweatshirt, I decided I wanted to build upon my skills in a more solid way. I didn’t want to sew up patterns, potentially struggle with fit and then be done. I wanted to fully dive into the subject. (Anyone else like this!?!) Starting in the middle of February, I …

Podcast Episode #85: Liesl Gibson

Today’s podcast guest is Liesl Gibson. Having trained at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Liesl worked for both Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren. After having her daughter, nicknamed S, she started her own pattern company, Liesl + Co, which now includes Oliver & S, Lisette, Straight Stitch Society, and Liesl & Co. Working with her husband, Todd, she is currently living and …

City Gym Shorts Versions 1-3

I joke that the easiest job is to be the weather person in San Diego. “Today, it will be seventy two degrees and sunny”…. day after day after day! The fantastic weather means my wardrobe staples are shift dresses or tops with shorts. After seeing Amber of oneshabbychickhawaii‘s City Gym shorts, I decided to take a chance on the pattern. …

Podcast Episode # 77: Melissa Mora

When I first started making clothes, I found Melissa Mora also known as MellySews through her website. As a former teacher, Melissa uses her educational background to produce helpful, well photographed and researched tutorials. (Check out her latest tutorial for a bolster pillow!). After seeing Melissa’s new book, Sundressing, I was excited to have her as a podcast guest. During our conversation, we talk …