striped stenzo shirt


I never buy the expensive Euro stuff. Except I did buy this orange-and-red striped Stenzo jersey from Banberry Place, which at $14.50/yard is a LOT for me.  But to say that my kid loves orange is a tremendous understatement.  In fact, I can guarantee you that you will see a …

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Owl Lunch Bag & Pirate T-Shirt

Been busy working and making stuff, with not enough time left over to post the results here.  The woven romper pattern is …

Knit Fabric Primer at

The Knit Fabric Primer

So many people are apparently frightened of sewing with knits. Personally, I find them easier to sew with than wovens, since I can jimmy my stripes together, fit is so much simpler, and I can bind edges with soft knit binding rather than harsh bias tape. Here I lay out some pros and cons of common knit fabrics.

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How To Sew a Simple Vented Hem

Tutorial: Turn & Topstitch an Easy Vented (Split) Hem

While working on the pattern for this romper, I looked online for various vented hem or split hem tutorials. I found a couple, but I was surprised that there were not more. There are several ways to create a vented hem, but I personally find this to be a simple way while still creating a very finished look.

Spoonflower Bunnies Toss

Spoonflower Bunnies Fabric

I got my fat quarter of my bunnies toss fabric and it looks great!  I also just made a smaller version of …



My older son likes (inexplicably) long lectures on topics that interest him.  He’s not so hot on school – even his super …


Spoonflower Car & Camper

Been dying to do more with Spoonflower for years now, and I’m finally getting around to it.  Here’s a red car and …

Pomegranate Damask

Spoonflower Pomegranate

I did this one for the pomegranate contest.  I still have a lot to learn about how everything displays on Spoonflower – …

Finnegan in blue romper

Romper / Jon-jon / Shortalls

This is a pattern I’ve been working on for a bit, in a couple of variations.  This is the nearly-final 12m version …

Benefactories side project

This is an idea I’ve had for a while. I think the U.S. needs more and better printed knit fabric – stuff like they have in Europe. I’ve put together a very short survey to see if enough people agree with me that I can prove it to investor-type people. You can see it (and take it) here:


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