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I am super pleased with this lovely little jumper I made for my latest collection! It has long straps that you can wrap in different ways just like my infinity dress. I love rompers, but they are hard to fit lengthwise in the torso. The adjustable straps on Infinity Jumper make it so much easier to get a flattering fit. (That’s my adorable friend Hannah Modeling it) You can get your hands on an Infinity Jumper in my Etsy shop or try sewing one yourself, I had a lot of fun making this.


I am so excited to announce that some of my designs are now being sold at Wallflower Boutique in Downtown Santa Cruz! Its an adorable little place on Locust Street and I am super proud/excited that my stuff is there. 
That is my Infinity Jumper in the window!!! 

If you’re in Santa Cruz, go check it out… if you’re not in town, they are available on my Etsy as well.

I saw this dress as a project in vol. 4 of the Quick Stuff To Sew magazine.  It was insanely easy to make and I love it so much!  Its so flowy and bohemian…

The dress is essentially a circle skirt with two really long straps sewn onto the front.  You can wrap the straps around you in different ways to make a smorgasbord of dresses!  Heres a link to a tutorial and some strap wrapping inspiration.

The magazine shows you how to create a ton of different looks… it would be so perfect for traveling.  This girl made the same one and has some great tips to share.  Have fun sewing!

I got this awesome woven silk a while back.  I only got a yard so I had to make something kinda small.

I used a really simple design… that I can just pull it over without a zipper or buttons.   It needed some extra pizazz so I sewed a bunch of buttons around the neckline.

It was a quick and easy project.  I really like how it turned out… I can wear it with leggings or jeans!

Thanks for looking!

My 14 year old sister is going to her FIRST formal dance and I was obviously overjoyed when she asked me to help her make a dress. 

Its her first sewing project and she did stupendously!  Georgia is a rare breed of 14 year old, she is so self confident and sure of who she is.  She spends most of her time kicking ass at kung-fu or editing her latest novel.  She is a total tomboy and not only is this her first handmade dress, but her first dress period.

She chose Burda pattern 8174.  She used a gorgeous dark grey linen and purple lace for the skirt overlay.  She plans to wear it with black Converse to the dance.

She has all the makings of a fabulous seamstress; she’s patient, detail oriented and loves pressing.  Here she is at the machine:

I’m so proud and so excited for her… not to mention the dress turned out perfect!

I love that girl!

I am so in LOVE with this dress.  I have been dreaming about the Liberty of London fabric at my fabric store for sometime now, so I finally broke down and splurged on it.  It is the softest, most fantastic, most expensive fabric I have ever sewn with!

I used black silk chiffon for the yoke and insert in the skirt.  One of my favorite things about this dress is the back…

another necessary dress amenity… POCKETS!!!!

Sometimes I get caught up in wanting to make a new dress every week and I forget how incredible it feels to spend a long time sewing something perfectly.  I beam with happiness every time I see this dress.

Now I just have to save up so I can get this fabric and make my Liberty a sister dress.  Thanks for looking!

I LOVE Colette Patterns!  In case you don’t know they are an independent pattern company based out of Portland.  They make gorgeous vintage inspired dresses that flatter a variety of sizes (it seems like they were designed with curvy girls in mind).  Here is their adorable blog!  The instructions are clear and easy to follow.

This dress has 16 buttons down the front, needless to say it was extremely tedious but worth it in the end.  I changed the sleeves to a simple cap, the pattern features a gathered fuller one that I didn’t really love.

I love this dress, its so fresh and sunny.  Thanks for looking!