Monthly Archives: February 2012

Threads Reader’s Closet


Here, at long last is the latest issue of Threads. I’m very proud to have had my Endless Dress selected to be part of the Reader’s Closet feature and have been practically giddy with anticipation to see it in print.

(look at that, they gave almost the whole spread!)

This truly is a garment with endless options. With it, a pair of leggings and a tank or t-shirt, you can dress yourself for a week and never wear the same outfit twice.

A couple changes of shoes and jewelry are all you need to go from beach to upscale restaurant and anywhere in between.

Make one; you’ll love it!

Here’s how:


Cool Tote


Because I need another bag. If you have seen my shoe-and-handbag closet, you know this to be a lie. I am such a sucker for a pretty purse.

I loved the sculptural look of this one and figured it was a good excuse to use up some of the fabric I shouldn’t have bought on a bag that I don’t need. All very logical, right?

This is Butterick 5658. Yes, I know; simple enough to do without a pattern, but when you can pick them up for a couple bucks at JoAnn, why not take advantage of someone else having done the work.

This went together very easily, but I was glad I had some heavy duty leather needles. There are places where, with seam allowances, you sew through 4 or 5 layers of fabric and interfacing. I suppose with cotton it would be fine, but the canvas and suede were a strain. Good thing I have Helga (the Viking).

Love the contrasting side pockets.

The print is an indoor/outdoor burlap-like canvas and the red is a soft and pretty faux-suede.

I have enough of the canvas left that I think I’ll cover a pair of sandals that are a bit beat up, but a great shape. Won’t that be a sweet summer combo with a big floppy beach hat?