Guide to Bra Making Materials

Swatch Box

One of the potentially confusing parts of making a bra is choosing the fabric and in my book I provide general guidelines for selecting materials. With the release of my Marlborough bra pattern, I wanted to review the necessary materials and provide specific recommendations for my pattern. Like many bras, the Marlborough requires four different […]

New Notions

Pizza Wheel

I am always on the look out for new tools to help me get my job done better, faster and easier. I previously detailed the notions used most in my workroom in my book and on my resources page. Since then I have added a few new tools to the mix! “Pizza wheel” I discovered […]

Now Available in Print!

Print Book

When I launched my book last year, I heard from a lot of people who simply insisted they had to have a print edition. Well, guess what? I listened! As of today, my book is available in a lovely full color 8″ x 10″ paperback edition, all freshly edited and formatted. Enjoy!

Welcome Threads Magazine Readers!

Threads Magazine, August/September 2014

I am so excited to have an article published in the August/September 2014 issue of Threads Magazine! It is simply thrilling to seeing my article appear in a publication that I have read for nearly 20 years! This article was over a year in the making, from the submission of the idea in March 2013, […]

The Search for a Sewing Machine


With any craft, it helps to have the best tool for the task at hand. Tools perfectly suited to the job make your work easier and help you complete tasks more efficiently. Recently I started questioning if I had the best sewing machine for my work and started searching for a new one. To provide […]

Couture Lingerie

Couture Camisole

With the graphic designer, artist and pattern grader all working on their parts of the upcoming Orange Lingerie sewing pattern I met up with a great group of women including Leisa from A Challenging Sew and Sarah from Goodbye Valentino to practice couture sewing as taught by Susan Khalje. Lucky for me, this class came […]



I didn’t just move my home across the country, I also moved my work into its own separate studio! One thing about moving that I discovered is that it makes you look at things from a different perspective. It is a happy side effect that the move made me take a fresh look at my […]

Expect the Unexpected


What is the line about the world laughing at you when you make plans? Well, that saying exactly sums up my month. At the beginning of August, my husband and I were planning to move to an apartment in the East Village neighborhood in Chicago. We searched for and found an amazing apartment and spent […]