July 2011


It’s always been a mystery to me where our taste comes from.  Like, why am I so obsessed with earth tones?  Or wide-legged pants?  Or cityscapes?

The best I can figure is that it is some form of imprinting.  Like the baby geese that will forever follow the first thing they set their eyes on (usually their mother), I keep repeating the colors and shapes I first saw my mother wear.  This would explain why I like burnt orange so much.  And also my love for late 70’s silhouettes.

The more I think about it, the more I think my taste for all sorts of things comes from my mother.  Her fascination with archeology and  layers.  Her love of drawing and japanese prints.

I guess my hope is that I can bring a little something of my own to the vision I got from her.  That I can take it in a new direction, but one she will still recognize.

Where does your taste come from?  Do you share it with your family?


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Easing a zipper

Here are two skirts I made recently:

Apologies for the wrinkly photos— they’ve both been worn several times already.  The top one is from Burda 01-2011, about half way between the lengths of  #111 and #112.  It’s the leftovers from my victory jacket: less than a yard and it used them up completely.  The second one uses the yoke from Burda 08-2010’s “Take 1 Make 4″— probably closeset to #135.  The bottom is just a big rectangle, the width of my piece of fabric, pleated to fit the yoke and then with the hem turned under and stitched to form a drawstring casing.

Both skirts have invisible zippers on the curved side seams.  The first time I tried this I sewed the zipper in flat as usual.  That warped the skirt and made the side seam bulge oddly— a problem I’ve had before when putting zippers into curved seams.  So here’s what I did the second time through:

First, baste and press the seam.  Press the zipper teeth flat.  Then pin one side of the zipper in place through both layers of fabric, holding the seam so it curves properly and the zipper curves along with it.

Then pinch the fabric and zipper together and transfer the pins to the seam allowance.  I found it helpful to transfer the middle pins first so the ends were still held in place.

Now sew the zipper down.  Repeat the same process on the other side.

Voilà!  Nicely curved zipper:

And on the other skirt:

I really like the proportions of these skirts and the details like the yoke and pleats.  But I’ve mostly been wearing them under long loose tops or dresses— just to add a few inches to the hem.  So most of the details are lost:

Also, when I was making them I didn’t think about the fact that I bike to work— not compatible with a tulip skirt.  I had planned on making one more but maybe I’ll make that piece of fabric into shorts instead.

Oh, and guess who’s been helping me reorganize my patterns?

Yes, we do this every night.


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His favorite spot

This is Joey’s favorite spot in the world: up on his Dad’s shoulders.  We’ve really been enjoying this summer— discovering the 5+ playgrounds in a 3-block radius of our apartment, making friends with everyone at the local shops (much easier with a small), and of course easting copious amounts of ice cream.  Hope everyone is having a wonderful 4th of July!


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