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new year’s resolution sewing

This is the year you finally learn to sew! Don’t worry, I’m going to help you.

private in-home sewing lessons in Washington DC

Maybe learning to sew is your new year’s resolution, or maybe it’s finishing that one project, or learning to sew better.

You’re going to be able to do all of the above with my expert guidance, so this is one resolution you can consider done.


learn to make garments using commercial sewing patterns


For the month of January, I’m having a big sale on all my private sewing lesson packages – from 25% to 33% off!

Since your lessons never expire, now is a great time to stock up at this awesome price, and then enjoy your private sewing lessons all year, on your own schedule, at your own pace, and in your own home.

Unlike learning in a group setting, or having to travel to a studio, the in-home private sewing lessons I offer are all about you: completely tailored to your individual sewing interests, experience, and time constraints.

Click here to see all the lesson packages, and purchase the one that’s best for you.


Gutermann thread all in a row!


Not sure how much time you’ll need for what you have in mind? Just contact me and we can figure it out together. You won’t be able to find a better deal on private sewing lessons in the DC area.

The sale ends January 31, so don’t miss out!




save the dates!

save the dates for 2017 holiday events from Holland Cox


As always, there’s lots going on this holiday season, and I don’t want you to miss anything. If you’re already an Insider, just look out for emails from me and you’ll always be in the loop!

First up, the Black Owned Small Business Expo is on Small Business Saturday this year, November 25.

The Expo will be held at the Waldorf Culture Center (109 Post Office Rd, Waldorf MD 20602), 9:30 am – 4:00 pm. Drop by to see more than sixty small business owners from the DC area, representing a wide variety of products and services. Come by and shop small, and support your local community this Thanksgiving weekend instead of big box stores!


The following Tuesday, I’ll be launching another mini-collection of a new handbag style, plus a restock of favorite gifts from the shop like the neckties and the perfect pouches. As always, Insiders will enjoy a special price on these limited edition accessories.the small perfect pouch, the mini perfect pouch, a keychain and the 19th st wallet

That weekend, I’ll be in Richmond for the Richmond Craft Mafia’s Handmade Holiday Show! It’s now a two day show, so make sure to come out both Saturday and Sunday to see me and a ton of other amazing independent makers.

The show will be held at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, from 11am to 6pm on both days.


Tuesday morning is the start of the biggest sale of the year at Holland Cox, when everything goes on sale (even handbags from last season that have been marked down). You surely don’t want to miss this, so make sure you’ve subscribed to the Insider’s List so you get notified bright and early that morning!


I’m thrilled to again be a vendor at GRUMP, surely the most interesting holiday shopping venue in DC. The GRUMP Arts & Crafts Show will be happening 12pm to 5pm in the Crystal City Underground.

the crossbody bag, small perfect pouch and mini pouch

The finale of the holiday season will be my anniversary party and trunk show, where I will be celebrating 13 years of designing and making for Holland Cox! If you’d like to attend, you must be a subscriber to the Insider’s List, and indicate that you live in the DC area to receive an invitation.

It will be an afternoon of sweets, champagne, and shopping, and a great way to say thank you to my customers, and finish off another awesome year.

In addition to the big sale that starts December 5, I’ll have special promotions at each event as well, so it will definitely be worth it to shop in person! Hope to see you at lease once in the next few weeks!




you’re invited: anniversary party & holiday trunk show!

This December, Holland Cox turns twelve years old, and I’m celebrating with my biggest sale of the year, and with a combination party and trunk show!

perfect pouches from Holland Cox

Local friends, come out to Alexandria and have some champagne and sweets and do a little shopping. I’ll have my complete collection with me, so you can see everything up close (and try on the button scarves!)

Where: 630 North Columbus St // Alexandria VA // walk from the Braddock Rd Metro
When: Saturday, December 10 // 11am – 3pm
Why: sweets & champagne // holiday shopping // handmade awesomeness!

Invite your friends (and drop hints) by sharing this post, or use the Facebook invite.

If you’re not local or you can’t attend, no worries! The sale is happening online right now: All you need to do is use the code december when you check out, to get 30% off your total purchase.

Yes, everything in the shop is on sale…even the brand-new winter button scarves, and the tote bags that are already on sale! Click here to start shopping.


Hope to see you on Saturday!






save the dates!

2016 holiday happenings at Holland Cox


I have lots of plans for the coming holiday season, and I don’t want you to miss out on any of it!

First up: NPR’s All Crafts Considered is happening Tuesday, November 15. It’s a free event full of local artists, music, and tasty treats. Drop by NPR’s HQ at 1111 North Capitol Street, NE from 3pm – 8pm to join us!

Next, I’ll be launching a mini-collection of handmade accessories especially for gentlemen on Wednesday, November 23. Only subscribers to my Insider’s List will get notified, and get a special introductory price on the mini collection. Get on the list now so you don’t miss out!


fabric watch rolls from Holland Cox


I’ve gotten so much lovely feedback about the button scarves, that I will be introducing a new set designed especially for winter on Monday, December 5. Wait until you see the gorgeous fabric I’ve found!

Also happening December 5, is the first day of my holiday sale, the biggest of the year and your best chance to get beautiful handmade gifts for your family, or something bold and bright for yourself! Stay tuned for the code you’ll need to take advantage of the sale.

As always, Insiders will see the new goods and hear about the sale first!


button scarf with hand painted detail from Holland Cox


That Saturday, December 10 will be my annual Anniversary Party & Trunk Show, where I will be celebrating twelve years in business, and sharing champagne and sweets with local friends and customers! Only subscribers to the Insider’s List will get the invite, so get on the list now so you don’t get left out (make sure to check the box that you’re a DC/Virginia/Maryland local)!

My final event of the year, and your last chance to see Holland Cox in person, is the GRUMP holiday show, on Saturday, December 17. GRUMP will be happening 11am to 5pm in the Crystal City Underground, and is pretty much guaranteed to be unlike any other shopping experience. See you there!

perfect pouches from Holland Cox


private sewing lessons in the DC area

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!

stack of metallic gold fabric

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, and get 20% off when you use the code teachme during checkout.

learn to sew the evening envelope clutch sewing pattern from Holland Cox

The best part? Your lessons will never expire, so no worries if your next few weeks/months are too busy to start your sewing adventure.

I design individual, personalized lessons for each of my private students, so it doesn’t matter how much sewing experience you have (“zero” is a perfectly acceptable answer)!

Whether you want to learn to make your own clothes, alter or mend the clothes you already have, make pretty things for your house, or impress your friends and family with hand made gifts, I am happy to help!


learn to sew the obi belt from Holland Cox


Visit my page about private sewing lessons for all the details, and to choose the lesson package you’d like. Use the code teachme during checkout before November 24, and you’ll get 20% off lessons that will never expire.

Any questions? Contact me and let me know. Happy sewing!






you’re invited: small biz saturday trunk show!

I’m doing my Thanksgiving weekend sale a little differently this year: live and in person!

evolved zipper pouches

Come out to the small-but-awesome Covet boutique in Arlington, VA to see the latest from my evolution collection, as well as fan favorites from previous years. I’ll have lots of pretty things for everyone on your list, even the guys!

As always, everything is limited edition or one-of-a-kind, and of course, everything will be on sale!

Where: Covet // 5140 Wilson Blvd // Arlington VA, 22205
When: Saturday November 28 // 11am – 6pm
Why: handmade awesomeness // holiday shopping // support indie business

Tell your friends (or drop hints) by sharing this post, or the Facebook invite.

If you’re not local, no worries: all the pretties will be available online, stay tuned!



small business saturday sale!

Happy Small Business Saturday, friends!

I’m having a sale! If you ever wanted handcrafted goodness that is colorful and stylish and unlike what you’ll find at any big box store, now’s your chance to get it for a steal.

Use the code SOLUTION at checkout to get 30% off everything that I make! That’s all the one-of-a-kind handbags at and all of my limited edition accessories in my Etsy shop, including custom orders.

The sale is going on NOW and will continue through “cyber Monday,” November 26.

small business saturday

What are you waiting for? Remember to support small businesses year-round, not just during the holiday season!


five days…

Only five days left in the clearance sale, my friends. There are still some cute handbags available! The wristlets are no more, but there are four classics and three envelope clutches waiting for good homes.

I just love the faux bois…I wish I had more of it, because it would have made an awesome wristlet. Anyway…there will soon be new envelope clutches and new wristlets in the main collection, as several are on the verge of being sold out. Stay tuned!


random thoughts vi

fall collection!
Check it out, y’all, the fall collection is finally ready! I really think this is my favorite collection so far. I am absolutely in love with every single one of the eighteen new looks for the wristlet, classic, and envelope clutch. Yes, that means in the past I haven’t totally loved all of them. I confess! This paisley just about killed me when I first saw it in the store:

You’ll notice there’s a good bit of paisley, wild botanicals, and bright colors in this collection, plus my not-so-new favorite thing, embroidery on wool. I’ve also done a few things a little differently, including the use of applique on the envelope clutch above, but I’ve also made my own patchwork fabric for the first time!

I got this fabric from Purl Patchwork in Soho this August; I was very drawn to the odd combination of colors and patterns. I knew immediately I wanted to make this into patchwork. I wanted the wristlet to be all dots and stripes, so I didn’t use the solid color squares or airplane-patterned squares. It was way fun and not as much extra work as I thought it might be!

clearance sale!
Of course, when a new collection comes along, there’s also a clearance sale, and this month is no different. Newsletter subscribers (as always) got first crack at the sale this morning, and you’ll see that a few things are already sold out. It pays to be an insider, people, I keep trying to tell you. 🙂 You’ll notice that the passport cases are on sale as well, including several that have never been available online before. I am cleaning house because the next travel collection (planned for next month, we’ll see…) will feature an all-new passport case, so the old ones must go. Enjoy, and be advised there’s only one of each colorway left!

project runway
Sigh…I just always seem to lose interest once fashion week rolls around and I actually see their collections. I’ve missed the last two episodes, and the mis-match between what goes on on the show (zomg! only three of us get to go to Bryant Park, oh noes!) and reality just rubs me the wrong way. You know what else rubs me the wrong way? Kenley. SHUT UP AND GO AWAY, KENLEY. I feel much better now.

new york fashion week
Speaking of Bryant Park…you should go to New York Magazine online and check out the shows of all your faves, or at *least* the Project Runway shows (there are also slideshows from London, Milan, and Paris fashion week for Spring 2009). It is painfully obvious which of the Project Runway kids belong and which do not. Speaking of fitting in, you MUST check out Christian Siriano’s show…it is absolutely gorgeous. I thought his collection was way better than many of the established designers showing in New York…really.

Part of the reason that I have been neglecting the blog (in addition to getting the fall collection together) has been the preparation, anticipation, and recovery from the big show at the day job. I spent all of last week recovering from the conference, which actually went very very well. Still, it was completely exhausting. My coworkers and I all have funny little stories about silly things we’d done over the course of the week due to sleep deprivation. I learned one important thing, though: I *love* Seattle! It was totally gorgeous the whole time we were there, and the air is cleaner there, I swear it. My sinuses have never been so happy. My theory is that although it is rainy there, it is not humid, and thus lacks the swampy moldiness of the DC area. Anyway, I hope to go back one day soon.

do the right thing
It’s nearly that time! If you haven’t registered to vote, there is still time. I am proud to say that I have voted in every single state, local and federal election for which I have been eligible to do so, since I first registered to vote in my 12th grade government class. Voting is serious business and our Constitutional right and responsibility, that should not be taken lightly nor for granted! So just do it. Here are links for you locals: Virginia, DC, and Maryland.