It’s not that I have been sewing faster than I can blog (I wish that were the case), but I am wearing stuff a lot before I blog about it. I think that’s a good sign that I like what I am sewing these days! We finally had a sunny day in Seattle, so I seized the opportunity to get a picture of my new Ginger Jeans before they were totally stretched out and covered in dog hair.

First off, I liked to thank Amber of the blog So I Sewed This, for inspiring me to go down the Ginger Jeans rabbit hole in the first place, which led me to Camp Workroom Social, which led me to take jean-making with Heather Lewenza herself. What an adventure. You can read more about all that here, but back to the jeans.


Like I said, these might be a little stretched out because I have been wearing them a ton. I wore them the day I finished them and then for four days after that and then about once a week since. They are probably due for a wash, but I am kind of scared to wash them. I wanted to photograph them before I wash them, in case something bad happens, which it won’t because I do not plan to dry them, but I am a worrier, so best to get pictures first. Just sayin’.


Despite all that, they still fit very well, don’t you think? I mean, I made these jeans in 2 days! It was a whirlwind, but with Heather and her two assistants, Sonja and Whitney by my side, I couldn’t fail. I think the pockets are placed perfectly (thank you Whitney).


Heather told us that there should be some wrinkles under the bum. A little bit of extra fabric needs to be there so you can sit down comfortably. This might be an example of a few too many wrinkles, or it is just stretched out a bit. I’ll find out after I wash them. Regardless, I know how to fix this on my next pair of jeans if I need too, because Heather told us how!


I never thought I would purposely post a close-up of my ass on the internet, but check out that top-stitching and those rivets! How can I not be proud? The rivets are what really sealed the deal and made these look like real jeans!


We made view B which is the high-rise version and is higher than I tend to like my jeans. My next pair will definitely be the lower-rise. I do, however, love the pocket stay “tummy-tuck” feature.


“Pretty guts” as Heather would call them.

Now let’s talk about the denim. It’s Cone Mills Denim, made in a 110 year old mill in North Carolina. Just watch this video and you will want denim from there too.  It’s not the kind of denim that anyone can just go out and buy, since they require you to buy in bulk. Luckily, Heather takes pre-orders for kits occasionally, so if you see her doing that, snatch one up. The kit I got had enough denim for two pairs of jeans and all the hardware (zipper, button, rivets), so I still have enough materials for one more pair of jeans. I am still going to jump on her next kit though.


Oh and if you noticed I was in my slippers in the above photos, it’s just because I wanted you to be able to see all of the jeans. I would normally wear skinny jeans with boots and look how perfectly they fit into them!


This is how I feel when I wear my new jeans; like doing high kicks all day!

I can’t believe I made my own jeans and I love bragging about them! I mean c’mon, I made a pair of handmade jeans in the motherfucking Catskills, with Heather Lou herself and a group of amazing women and they fit great. Subsequent pairs can only get better. I live in jeans in real life, so the fact that I can actually make something I will wear all the time is awesome. That’s how it should be. I feel like I have finally arrived!


Hello! I guess it’s time for my monthly post. I made this dress back in July and I CAN believe that I have not blogged about it yet, because I had a very busy Summer. There were weddings and going away parties, then my ukulele classes started up again. Also, my new job continues to keep me as busy as ever. I CAN’T believe I haven’t blogged about this dress yet, because I love it so much and have worn it A LOT. I think I had worn it 3 times already before I even took photos in it and I have continued to wear it about once a week ever since.


Pattern- April Rhodes Staple Dress purchased from Nido, when I was in Vermont.

Fabric- cotton lawn from Bolt Fabrics in Portland, OR.

Alterations- added 3″ to length

Total time to make- 9.5 hours (no muslin)



  • I did not do a muslin for this dress, as it’s not a particularly fitted dress (no darts in the bodice or anything) and is a pretty basic shape. I figured I’d be fine without one and I was.
  • I did grade from a medium at the top to a large at the waist, but I would have been fine with just a medium overall.
  • The fabrics wrinkles a bit, but it doesn’t really bother me.


This isn’t a silhouette I normally wear, so I’d been sitting on this pattern for awhile. After sewing it and wearing it, I love this style of dress. It’s super comfortable and was quick to sew up. That’s a win-win in my book!


I used a technique for making thread belt loops from Nancy Zieman’s Sewing A to Z Book, as featured on the Colette Patterns blog.


Store-bought dresses are often too short on me, so I love that I was able to make this dress the length I wanted. I reach for it in my closet a lot because it’s so comfortable, the right length and not too dressy for work. I need more dresses like that. Since this is such a quick make and a good style on me, I will definitely be making more!


Some people change jobs all the time, so getting a new job may not seem like a big deal. I was at my last job for 10 years. That’s longer than I played derby (5 years), longer than Matt and I have been together (7 years). So for me, leaving that job was a big deal.

At my last job, I worked as an e-commerce photographer for a national corporate retailer. 10 years ago, e-commerce was a new thing for this company. We were a small studio, only about 10 people, so it was an exciting time. We were charting new territory, so it felt creative. As someone with an art degree, I felt lucky to be there and was learning a ton.

Fast forward 10 years and a hundred or so employees later, things had changed. The internet had grown and the industry had changed. We had to compete, so it was all about volume and not about quality anymore. I was on staff with amazingly talented and experienced photographers, that had all been trained to make beautiful images and to take pride in their work, so it was a tough pill for a lot of us to swallow.

I learned a lot from that job and the people I worked with. I also gained a lot of really great experience, but I just wasn’t growing there anymore. I wasn’t learning anything new or being challenged. There weren’t any opportunities to advance. All of that combined with the passing of my mother, made me realize it was time for me to move on.


Glazer’s then (Halloween 2002)

My new job is actually my old job. It’s where I worked right after college and right before my last job. So basically, I have had two jobs since college! It’s a local camera shop, called Glazer’s Camera. If you are from around here, you probably know it. It’s a 3rd generation family owned and operated local business and they just had their 80th anniversary. It’s the kind of place you can’t really work at without becoming part of the family. Because of that, there’s not a lot of turnover there. People stay for years (there are still a lot of the same people from when I was there before) and if they do leave, they often come back. That says a lot about a company.

After I left in 2005, I continued to shop there, and every time I went in, it felt like a family reunion. I would catch up on how everyone’s kids and grandkids were doing. They never stopped having a very special place in my heart.

I’d been looking for other opportunities, especially in the social media/marketing world, so it was quite serendipitous how I ended up back there. I just went in to rent something, ended up talking to one of the owners about a marketing position that was open, and two weeks later I was back!


Glazer’s now (2015)

I’ve been working there for almost 4 months now and it feels really good to be back. I have been in the photography world for so many years and in so many ways; I’ve worked on the retail side, been a photo assistant, shot weddings, and worked as a commercial photographer. Add to that all the marketing and events experience I gained from starting the Rat City Rollergirls and the knowledge of social media I now have from my blog, and this job feels like the perfect culmination of everything I have ever done.

I am certainly not bored anymore! Every day is different and my days fly by. Community partnerships are huge at Glazer’s and I am getting to meet and work with so many new people from respected local organizations. At our events and classes, I’m interacting with customers and their enthusiasm is contagious. It makes me so happy to see people learning about and enjoying photography. It’s reigniting my love for image making as well. I’m also getting to learn about all the new gear and technology that is available now. Things have changed in the last ten years! Sometimes my head feels like it’s going to explode from all the new info, but it’s so great to be learning so much again.

I’m not going to lie, there have been parts of this transition that were way harder than I thought they would be. I have a longer commute and work later than I did before. I’m getting used to it all, but I was surprised by how long it took for things to start feeling routine again.

This job could also mean that you might see a little less of me here on this blog. A big part of my job is managing their Wordpress site and doing all the social media, so it’s hard to gear up for that in my spare time. I’ve been focusing more on the actual doing (of sewing, knitting, gardening, and cooking) than blogging lately. Doing actual hand work is a nice break from all the screens I look at throughout the day. I’ll still post when I can, since this is such a good record, but the posts may be a little late. That’s just how it goes, right?

Nothing worth doing is easy! I gave up some things to gain some things and I’m so glad I did. I’m proud of myself for taking this leap, so it just feels good overall. With a new store coming in the Spring of 2016, there’s only going to more opportunities for events, classes and engaging with customers, so it’s an exciting time to be back at Glazer’s.


Remember my porch swing from my garden tour post? I finally made the cushions that I’d been wanting make!



Pillow Pattern

I made the pillows the way I always make them (my tutorial is here), except this time the pillow were 20 inches instead of 18 inches.

Cushion Cover Pattern

I made the cushion covers the same way I made the airstream cushion covers.


I got the umbrella fabric for free. It was a heavier weight home decor cotton, so it was perfect for this project. I didn’t have enough of it for the cushions and the pillows, so the pillows and cushion are navy blue on the opposite sides. I bought a little brown home decor cotton fabric for the sides of the cushion.


I finished these in time for my birthday party and the chicken coop tour, so I have been enjoying them all summer. They are holding up really well. I have figured out that I can prop the pillows up on one side and lay across it while reading a book. Add a nice breeze to that and it is so comfy. It’s my new favorite spot!

Just talking about it makes me wish I could get out there right now, except we are finally getting some much-needed rain this weekend. This could still be a nice spot into the fall though, as the porch is covered. It’s a nice spot to sit while Matt grills, which he does year round. Add a blanket to that equation and I think I will be able to enjoy this spot way into the fall!