The Seams Series

If you’re a beginning sewist (or even if you’ve been doing it for a while!) you may find my most recent series helpful; over at my youtube channel, I’m publishing a very short series of videos featuring three types of seams for woven (non-stretch) fabrics. Video number three will be posted sometime in the next […]

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Fashion, Fundraising, and FUN!

VIBRATION was a huge success!! Last week’s fashion show, featuring incredible talent from Wichita designers, not only raised a lot of money for Camp DI, but it really raised our–yep–vibrations!! SO MUCH POSITIVE ENERGY was in this show. I truly felt honored to be able to participate and know we were supporting young people pursue […]

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At the ART SHOW!

I’ve been kind of lazy lately and didn’t blog about my recent art show at TISSU. As always, Nina is the most fabulous hostess ever and I’m so grateful she let me spend a few hours lurking around her gorgeous studio.  I’m also grateful to all who came out to see my stuff. The exhibit […]

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A Grand Affair: TISSU’s New Location!

Less than two months until Craftacular, three months until another special event (more info to come on that), and so…what am I doing here?!  I know I should be getting to work, but before I do, I absolutely must share these photos from TISSU Sewing Studio’s Grand Re-Opening! On July 27, TISSU hosted special guest […]

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Slow Fashion Revolution // Part 3 of 3

To some, Slow Fashion might look like just another trendy gimmick to market to consumers; indeed, there are companies who, quite predictably, use the “green” label to persuade people to buy items that may not, in reality, be all that green.  And yes, ethical, sustainable, and artisan brands of clothing typically do cost the consumer more […]

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Slow Fashion Revolution // Part 2 of 3

After exploring the definition of slow fashion in Monday’s post, let’s take a closer look at its three elements that I mentioned:  care, quality, and cultivation. First, let’s talk about Cultivation (or, if you prefer, curation.)  This refers to the way you build your wardrobe.  How are you obtaining your clothes–are you buying new, hitting up the thrift shops, […]

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Slow Fashion Revolution // Part 1 of 3

The Slow Fashion movement is gaining momentum.  But what exactly is it? Here’s an apt description from slow fashion brand Study NY: Slow fashion is the movement of designing, creating, and buying garments for quality and longevity. Slow fashion encourages slower production schedules, fair wages, lower carbon footprints, and (ideally) zero waste. Just as the […]

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Stay Cozy Tees: Giveaway!!

Happy Monday!  Guess what time it is?   Yep…GIVEAWAY TIME! I am sooo excited to be hosting this giveaway for Stay Cozy Tees.  The owner, Christin, is a Wichita maker who creates adorable, handprinted t-shirts.  Christin believes each person has something valuable and unique to offer, and her super sweet designs are all about inspiring the […]

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Favorite Fabrics: The Feedsack Dress

There is something so appealing to me about the feedsack dress.  Though sometimes viewed as a symbol of the necessary frugality (or, poverty,) of the Depression era, it was also a way to “[give] rural women a sense of fashion.”  I’d love to see this type of practical reuse come back (though granted, less people […]

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Breton / French Sailor Top! (Free Sewing Pattern.)

{This pattern was originally published July 2016 on my now defunct blog, Prairiesque.} I’ve been wanting to make my own striped blouse/Breton top/French sailor shirt for a long time.   I had made the pattern, but it was surprisingly difficult to find just the right fabric.  I finally found a great fabric at Needle Nook Fabrics here […]

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Gypsy Belle Jacket

This is just a little project/prototype I made for myself, and I wanted to share it…it was somewhat inspired by the lovely jacket Belle (Emma Watson) wears in the live action version of Beauty and the Beast.  (#nerdalert) This was my first version of the jacket from the pattern I came up with.  There are quite a […]

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Book Review: The Lost Art of Dress

 Recently, I finished reading The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish by Linda Przybyszewski; I first learned about the book on Thread Cult (a favorite podcast about sewing and fashion.)  Being a fan of both fashion and history, the topic itself was tempting enough.  I found, though, that beyond simply providing a […]

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