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The Hoodie: Hiding in Plain Sight

Worn by men, women and children, beloved by skateboarders, athletes, students, the uniform of tech geeks, the hoodie is a garment so universal it can almost render a person invisible....

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Sewing Geek Weekend

When it is time to get down to business and sew the final-final prototypes for a future Vogue pattern, Gwen Spencer puts a closed sign on the door of her studio and makes the 5 hour drive from Corvallis to my studio...

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Spontaneous Visit to Marcy's Studio


Take a quick peek into my studio as-is, right now....

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Two New Vogue Patterns for Winter and Holiday

Asymmetrical 'Ruffle' Jacket and Slim Lined Soft Pants with Origami Hem Detail

The new Winter/Holiday Vogue pattern release caught me by surprise, a reminder that fall is moving along fast and winter and the holidays not far behind. I'd love to make a version of this jacket and pants to take to Paris in a few weeks, (well, maybe). In the meantime, here are some insights into these two new patterns...

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Black Tie Suggested - Sewing Required

Hard to believe that I have closets full of clothes and 3 barns full of fabric, but when the wedding invitation from my niece Marissa arrived, it dawned on me that I had nothing to wear....

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Nancy Murakami Is My Sewing Guru

Nancy Murakami's clothes are practical but always with a twist, she tweaks and adapts as she goes and the results are always interesting. She tosses the fabric in the washing machine and dryer, puts things in the dye pot, cuts up the fabric and puts it back together again, cuts holes in it and...

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Gwen Spencer's 2 Dresses

I want to sew more like Nancy Murakami and Gwen Spencer. Their projects never cease to inspire me, each with a distinct sewing style. You may know them from our booth at the Puyallup Sewing Expo. Summer is still percolating along and I must share these inspiring summer dresses from this talented duo....

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New Favorite: a little bit funky


The ONE item I know I will aways wear is a black cardigan, collect them in different weights for all seasons. This summer weight little black cardi is the result of my resolve to sew things I wear in everyday life (as opposed to too fancy-schmancy). After the last closet clearing frenzy, realized once again that I have far too many 'special' garments in the closet that are much too 'good' to wear for my daily working life at home. Three trends I saw in Paris that I wanted to incorporate in this piece are...

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Merci Beaucoup + Summer Tunic

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A Summer Dress for Shelley

Our highly creative ArtBarn team are experts at pointing out special fabrics that could go unnoticed. Last week Shelley put together out a couple of her favorites, I had an aha moment and we decided to make it happen…

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