sewing

private sewing lessons in the DC area

sale

Although I’ve been teaching sewing since 2010 (and designing sewing patterns since 2011), this is the first time I’m having a sale on sewing lessons! Instead of a big Black Friday hullabaloo, I want to offer my (local) sewing people a pre-holiday deal now:   Purchase any package of private sewing lessons before November 24, […]

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the de-stash shop is open!

crafting

In the process of redesigning Holland Cox products, I’ve found that some of my stash is no longer what it needs to be. So I’m getting rid of some of it! My Etsy shop is eventually going to be 100% sewing supplies, but for now it’s a mix of clearance and de-stash items. Click here […]

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perfect zippers 4: making a welt zipper pocket

sewing

The zippered welt pocket is the kind of feature that elevates the style of any handmade bag! You can install one on the outside of a bag, or in the handbag lining. They can be oriented horizontally, vertically, or even on the diagonal. I’ve included a 12″ welt zipper pocket on the inside of all […]

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perfect zippers part 3: making fabric tabs

sewing

I usually don’t make fabric tabs for the ends of my zippers, but sometimes it’s a nice way to add detail or a bit of color. In this part of the “perfect zippers” series, I’ll show you 2 ways to make those little tabs to cover your zipper stops. Part 1 was all about installation, […]

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perfect zippers, part 2: perfect corners

sewing

The last thing you want after you’ve installed a perfect zipper in a bag or pouch is to botch sewing the thing together! Good news, friends! It’s super easy to make sure the sides of your zip pouches and handbags don’t collapse in on themselves. But first: let’s chat about cutting your fabric correctly. There’s […]

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perfect zippers, every time: part 1

sewing

Friends, you’ve been lied to. Inserting zippers is not hard.   You hear a lot of noise about how challenging zippers are. You hear dramatic horror stories of epic zipper failure. Of course the process gets built up in your head as some horrible huge thing you need tons of experience or natural talent to […]

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sneak peek: 2 yards 10 gifts!

coming soon

Later this month, I’ll be releasing an e-book of sewing patterns called 2 Yards 10 Gifts. It is exactly what it says on the tin! Ten gifts that you can make, using only two yards of fabric (yes, you can make all ten with just 2 yards)! Next weekend, I’ll be hosting a special workshop […]

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tragic brown cardigan refashioned into something wearable

personal style

My new year’s resolution is to finally have the wardrobe of my dreams in 2012. I don’t plan on doing much shopping though…I’m going to refashion what I’ve got into fabulousness, and sew the rest from scratch! This chocolate brown cardigan is a perfect candidate. How unspeakably dull is this thing? Why would I want […]

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wear it this weekend: DIY envelope clutch

fashion

I have long been a huge fan of the envelope clutch. Not only is my own version one of my flagship designs for Holland Cox, another version is the very first sewing pattern I’ve offered for sale! Despite what you may think, an envelope clutch can be very versatile. This little tutorial is just one […]

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this top would be perfect, if only…

personal style

You know those garments you have that you like, but that you could LOVE if only…that one thing about it could be changed? Those little pretties are ripe for refashion. Here’s my latest. before: cute top, dull tie. When I still had an office job, this sleeveless top spent most of its time underneath jackets […]

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