Author Archives: puu

sewaholic saltspring: operation black tie

picture the scene: atlantic city. march. bleak. cigarette smoke and slot machines. i felt like i was smuggling something untoward into the building as i carried my 11-lb featherweight in its case out of the car and into the lobby, … Continue reading

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update: #fqchallenge mood board

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simplicity 1873 double shot: i am a pretty pretty princess in a cellophane skirt

may i present my birthday outfit! i made the gray renfrew in the hour before i had to leave for dinner with the fam. which meant i was almost half an hour late after testing the renfrew with different combos … Continue reading

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new look 6028: the original shortcut-style chanel jacket

believe it or not, friends, but this is – technically – the first chanel-style jacket i ever contemplated making. a year before taking susan khalje’s french jacket course even entered my head, i began wondering if i could do one … Continue reading

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regarding the fat quarter challenge

firstly, hello to my new friends! i’ve noticed many new faces in the crowd, no doubt driven over here by oona’s crazed ramblings about unicorns and rainbows. who knew that third margarita (drank by her) would be so good to … Continue reading

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simplicity 1873: from classy to cammo

it started, as it so often does, with a simple inspiration photo. classy, right? with a welcome hint of playfulness? so you might easily ask how one goes from this to this: and the simple answer, of course, is that … Continue reading

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the road to crazytown, it is paved in silk scraps: patchwork pieced deer and doe datura blouse

the genesis of this specimen is from a very innocuous, friendly-seeming book helpfully titled “we love color.” “we love color.” well, so do i – what could be more harmless? and there i sat, innocently – remember, back before the … Continue reading

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chanel-inspired alabama chanin sweater

i’m back on pinterest in a big way recently. i had a fairly severe addiction over the summer, when it was the only cohesive way to bookmark garden designs and plant ideas while still keeping track of my garment sewing … Continue reading

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self-drafted skirt in alabama chanin applique

this piece was actually originally inspired by the same lookbook shot that gave birth to my deer and doe datura. but, as things do, it evolved – mostly when i looked at my datura next to the skirt and realized … Continue reading

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deer and doe datura in symposium and sheer

i’ve been obsessed with the idea of sheer yokes lately. something about it is playful and daring while still decorous – modest, if you will, although that is not a word i typically use. my initial inspiration for this piece … Continue reading

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