My name is Renee and I sew. A lot.

I live in Baltimore City with my husband Jordan, an assortment of knitting/sewing machines and more fabric than I can sew in this lifetime. I have always loved clothes but thankfully had parents who refused to spend $75 on a pair of GAP jeans. So, I learned to sew. And, I think ANYBODY with a little patience, can learn to sew! I pretty much taught myself from books, and with the Internet, it has gotta be easier!

Through the internet, I’ve made some amazing friends. Many who I’ve gotten to meet in real life. My blog, is an expression of me. The woman you meet here, is the woman I am in real life — except with a potty mouth 🙂 This is where I share my sewing projects and other things on my mind.

I appreciate every person who takes an interest in my many ramblings and takes the time to comment.

Thank you for reading Miss Celie’s Pants!


  1. Hi! I’m the Community Manager of Ruba.com. We’re building a website to highlight some of the most interesting places travelers around the world have discovered. We’ve read hundreds of blogs about Israel, and we think that yours is awesome! We’d love to highlight excerpts from blogs like yours (assuming it’s OK with you of course) and to discuss other ways of tapping into your expertise if you are interested. I’m at erin@ruba.com.
    Thanks! 🙂

  2. Hi, Ive just stumled accross your page as I viewed a wrap around skirt, I have to say this is beautiful…. If you get this mail can you contact me so that I can discuss this with you via email.

    Kaz Newton

  3. I like to make a suggestion about your pictures that you have posted to your blog. They would appear better if they were not so big and when posting photos of people make sure you fix the red eye. On most of the pictures you have to scroll other then that I really like the fabrics that you have chosen.


  4. fran said where is miss celies pants pattern that i thought you would have on your site. sure wish these sites would be specific and have what they advetise is monday thats all i got lol

  5. I have been sewing since I was 15. As of December of this year, that will be thirty years of sewing. I collect vintage sewing patterns and sew a lot. A friend and I started a fashion blog called http://www.fashionproject9.com. We will be doing an ongoing red dress project. We would like to exchange links with you. Please let us know.

  6. I am also a intermediate sewer and like to stick it to man by making my own clothes rather than buying when i can. I was wondering where i could find the pattern to that sweatshirt dress you made! love it! thanks for sharing! -kat

  7. I ran across your blog via twitter via foursquare. I’m not really a fashionado(?) but, your designs are pretty decent, assuming that’s your stuff in the pics. I wouldn’t mind saving money by making my own stuff.

    By the way, congrats on your Mini. I’ve been eyeing them since I saw .

  8. I am procrastinating cleaning our house. And in the middle of a mess, I decided to sew some curtains. One of my 5 sewing machines is not working right so I started searching for a solution online. I cam across your site. So, so cool! Trying to find the best way to store my fabric collection. You’re right. Finger nail polish is so much easier to store. K

  9. Hello

    I am also an avid amateur seamstress and self-taught fashion designer. I live in Trinidad West Indies and will add you to my Fashion Favorites folder.


  10. We just found your fun blog through a series of other blogs and love your style and approach!

    We are working on a sequel to our 2009 One-Yard Wonders with Storey Publishing, and are currently seeking project submissions.

    We can tell you are super crafty, and thought you would be interested in submitting any original designs you might have up your sleeve to be published in this work – so bring it!

    All the info you need to submit your design can be found here: http://www.oneyardwondersbook.com

  11. Hello Cidell!

    I’m writing from Cloth magazine, a new independent magazine based in Bristol, UK, dedicated to sewing, make-do-and-mend, recycling, resourcefulness, fashion and homeware. Harriet and Roz, our creative editors, loved your blog and sent it on to us in the office. It all looks great, though I wasn’t sure where to find an email for you, hence this posting instead.

    We thought you’d really like Cloth. We launched last summer and have just released Issue 3, and are continuing to try and spread the word far and wide. If you’ve not seen the magazine yet I can pop a copy in the post to you. We’re also online at http://www.clothmagazine.co.uk. We’re in the process of adding a ‘Friends’ page to our website, so when that’s up and running in the next couple of weeks we could add your blog to our list of favourite people.

    Chris and all at Cloth


  12. Hi Cidell,

    I understand you’ve kindly offered to collect the sewing parcels for Arielle. I have a few things to send, including the zippers I had my name against on her list. Please could you let me know a postal address for these. I’m in Australia so it could take a week or so to arrive.

    Thanks, Sandra

  13. I love your blog which I just discovered while looking for Bunka book. i, to am passionate about fabric, sewing, patterns, knitting, tectiles and doing the least amount of housework possible.
    Come to Paris and let me know when you are here!

  14. Hi!

    My name is Sonia D’Elia, I work at Fabricville in the marketing department, and I very much enjoy your blog.

    Fabricville launched its “I ♥ Fashion” Sewing Contest, and urges beginner and expert sewers alike to show off their talents, and create a garment for a chance to win the Ultimate Style Weekend in Montreal, Quebec, valued at over $4,000, including a shopping spree at Holt Renfrew.

    I thought your readers and yourself would be interested in knowing about this contest. If you are interested in knowing more, I will gladly send you the official press release and contest logo.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me directly to receive additional information or if you have any questions.

    Best regards,

    Sonia D’Elia

  15. Hi – I was wondering if you could tell me more about the Morse Super Dial. Does it really sew leather? Would it sew multiple layers of denim (as in when you hem jeans and fold the hem, you may end up with 6 layers when you get to the inseam part. I really enjoy your blog. Thank you!

  16. Hi — I’m going to be posting about the Burda 4/2008 trench jacket and want to use your (inspirational!) photo and link to your blog when I write the post. Any objections to my posting a photo of you wearing your vest? Please let me know if you’re OK with this.

    I couldn’t find your email address anywhere on missceliespants, although I thought I remembered that you had it up on the previous version? Anyway, please let me know. You did a great job on that vest; I hope mine turns out half as well.


  17. Love your blog! I also have a Kenmore 1040. LOVE IT! It pinch hit for me when my Kenmore 43 was acting wonky (I will never use 30/3 polyester thread again).

    Can’t wait to read more about your fun life!

  18. Hey there! Well I have been following your blog for years and enjoying every minute of it! Just thought I needed to write and thank you for all the great entertainment and info! If you find your way to DC, please give me a jingle. DC Threads is alive and well and would love to have you come spend time in DC sewing!
    Stay well!

    DC Threads.org

  19. Cidell,

    I love your blog! I’m returning to sewing after many years of hibernation. Apparently, sewing has become the new craze (must be due to Project Runway…thank you, PR!). Anyhooooo, I was wondering if you had any thoughts or advice on dress forms. I am trying to organize myself to purchase one, but I really don’t know where to start…


    • Welcome back to sewing! Regarding a dressform: I would buy the least expensive one I could find and plan on padding it out to better fit you. Honestly? I wanted one for aeons and I pretty much just use it now to show photos of garments or figure out what they are going to look like on a person. Unless you are draping, I don’t think a dressform is needed. You can also look on line for direction on making a papertape or duct tape dress form.

  20. I’ve been a loyal follower for a long time. I just love how you put the “human” in sewing. Your finished projects are amazing yet you tell us about your frustrations, likes, dislikes and what you would change ie “human”.
    I have a question and wonder if you can provide direction. I really want to learn the proper way to use a french curve in maintaining armhole sizes when taking in a garment. Any suggestions re web sites, tutorials or videos. Thank-you, Gail

  21. you are lovely! i just stumbled across your blog this morning and have been totally ENTRENCHED in checking out your projects! AWESOME.

  22. Sewist? And to think, originally, you WROTE for a living. (Seamstress?)

    LUV YOU FORMER INTERN. Are you away on travel now?

    (Feel free to yank this down. Hope you’re well. BOOKMARKING!)

  23. Celie, I was reading your adventure with the gorgeous blue bra, and the band problem, it rides up. If you haven’t already taken that workshop, I think the fix would be what I learned in the one I took. The instructors called it a “downward hike band”, essentially, on your pattern piece, make a dart in the back band about one inch deep, on the bottom edge, and then cut the fabric. It changes the lower edge from a straight(ish) line to one that bends downward when you look at it, but is straight when worn. It is used to accomodate a very full bustline, and really works! If you want more info, please feel free to contact me.
    By the way, you have a gorgeous figure!

    • Thank you Jean! I think you may be right. A friend has sent me the information. I have my pattern altered for it now, but haven’t had a chance to try it out. The pattern looked crazy when I cut it out (very downward) so I am hoping you are correct and it straightens out!

  24. Hello Cidell!

    I just wanted to say how much I love your blog. In one of your post you talk about your trip to China. I’m an up & coming designer who will be taking a trip hopeful in October. I was wondering if you’re still in contact with Helen or someone in China ; as I’m looking for someone who would be willing to show me around to some fabric shops.Any help would be greatly appreciated:) All info can be sent to my e-mail: tami@tamibdesigns.com

    Best Regards,

    • Hi Tamiko,

      I see you’re from St. Vincent. My mom is from Grenada and I’ve had the pleasure of visiting there two or three times.

      Here is Helen’s email address. I’m not sure if she is still in China or what her access to email is. Some email websites are intermittently blocked in China. I know that’s why she hasn’t been able to update her blog.

      Helen is AWESOME and I hope you are able to connect with her. My trip wouldn ot have been the same without her help.


  25. Hi, Miss Celie!

    I’ve been following your blog for about a year, and I think you’re so fun and cute! I think your grey trench coat turned out absolutely stunning!

    I noticed you have a mild obsession with the Royal Couple. Well, I live in Alberta, and was lucky enough to see them when they came to Slave Lake on July 6. I’ve blogged about it here: http://thefunkyseamstress.blogspot.com/2011/07/royal-visit-to-slave-lake-july-6-2011.html

    I don’t know if you’ve discovered my blog before, but I’m The Funky Seamstress. I love bright colours and sporty styles, and I know we’ll get along just fine. I also have a relationship with bright nail polish, although I don’t wear it nearly often enough as I ought to.

    Please drop by for a visit! I’m a big fan of yours!

  26. dear cidell! i have been following your blog for ages as well as the slapdash sewist, and since i live on capitol hill i think she and i may be neighbors.
    i am going to amsterdam on wednesday and would love to go to the store that sells the lingerie fabrics and findings. could you let me know where it is.i really enjoyed your reports of your trip to the netherlands in may. i know this is last minute but i have been swamped with unexpected events, and making my own bras did not quite make the priority list!
    would love to meet you and trena. i ahve found the best source of housing internationally and would love to share it with you. my phone number is 202-546-1719, or 543-4968.
    thank you for your blog. as it is both educational and entertaining.
    claudia bell

  27. Miss Celie, you are adorable! I just happened upon your site this morning and just smile as I read some of your postings. I like your motto, “I sew, I cook, I travel but I do not clean”, too funny. Thanks for sharing some of your joy with us meddling folks.

    Happy sewing!
    ps. I too fell in love with sewing at a very young age and am trying to get back into it.

  28. Hi,
    my mom is looking for Burda magazine 10/2009 and I saw that you made something from that mag. Any chance you’d be willing to sell your copy or share so that she could make #109?
    btw, you’re pretty good (i’m no sewer but that coat is impressive!)

  29. Miss Celie:

    Haven’t commented in a while so just let me say once again that I think your work and dedication to your sewing and blog is fabulous. Keep up the good work. You’ve inspired me to make two coats this year.

  30. Hello Miss Celie! How fun to find a Baltimore blogger who has such great posts and creativity. This is awesome – and not a food blog 🙂 – refreshing! But before I get side-tracked and just add this to my personal RSS reader…

    I’m helping connect with some local Baltimore bloggers to offer the opportunity to blog for furniture! Su Casa wants bloggers to test a piece of furniture of your choosing, blog about it, and have the chance to win it for free! It’s a really neat promotion I’m excited about – and would love to have you participate in.

    Check out our site for more information, or feel free to contact me if you have questions! http://sucasa-furniture.com/main-page/test-it-blog-it-win-it/

  31. Love your blog. I stumbled upon it while trying to find a fabric you blogged about. Can’t get it out of my head. You wrote that you bought it at Joann’s is there any tag that indicates the maker. here is the link to your picture.

    Many thanks,

  32. Hi Miss Celie,

    You were kind enough to reply when I emailed some weeks ago about the afro puff fabric. I have looked everywhere and can’t find it! I was wondering if you would consider sending me a small amount? I want to make a scarf for my daughter who never sees images of girls with hair like hers.


  33. Just discovered your blog, and I love it to death. The name definitely grabbed me. You have no idea how many times my friend and I have talked about making a good pair of folkspants since I started sewing. Take care and keep up the great work.

  34. AWESOME ITEMS!!!! I’m currently living in Tel Aviv, Israel, and was wondering if you have ever been here, and if so, do you know where to buy patterns?? I’m having a really hard time locating them (fabric, is NO PROBLEM!!!! LOL!!! Gorgeous stuff here!!!). Thanks for any help on this matter. I’m at my wits end!!!! Great blog!!!

  35. I recently came across your blog and it is now one of my favourites — love your writing style, your creations and your food posts. I am a lapsed sewer who has recently started sewing again just for me, so your blog is very inspiring.I will be dropping by often!

  36. Love your pieces and was wondering if you provide samples of your work? What is the best way to hey in contact with you?

  37. Hi! i just read on Oona’s blog you had a burda magazine from 2008, I am making my wedding dress from a pattern in Burda March 2008, but is in German, and I was hoping to find the instructions in English. Do you have this issue? If you would be able to scan the instruction page that would be amazing. If not no worries! Just thought I’d ask. It is the Duchess of Windsor Dress 116. All the best to you, I am enjoying your blog!

  38. Hi Cidell,
    I’m really enjoying your blog. Just getting back into sewing after many years. I love your new cape – nice job!
    I have a couple of questions for you if you have a minute. Your blue bubble skirt – what is the pattern. I’m looking for a cute bubble skirt that I can make in a jersey.
    I’m also wondering what pattern you used for the knit geometric print dress you are wearing in the photo in your about section. It is so cute.
    Thanks and happy sewing.

  39. Hi, Cidell. I wanted to leave a little note to say I have been enjoying your blog for a while now and am quite impressed with the stylish and well-crafted garments you put out so regularly! I also wanted to see if you have any recommendations for fabric/notion shopping in the DC area? I will be in DC this Saturday through Tuesday for a conference for work and I would love to get a little “personal time” in while I am there. I will intentionally be leaving empty space in my suitcase!

    Thanks 🙂

  40. Hallo! I live in Namibia and teach bra-making. I also make bra`s for a living and for a hobby. (I do have some other hobbies as well) How can I find the English instructions for the Sewy Rebecca bra? Where can I find a list of the English/German bra sizes?
    I do really like your blog and love getting to know you through your ‘letters’

  41. Hi! Fashions Unlimited is having another factory sale. I remember telling you that I would
    let you know when we were having another sale! It will be August 12- 16th from 8am- 2:30 PM. Fabric, Lace, Zippers, Elastic, Samples, etc. Nylon/Lycras, Polartec Fleeces,etc. $0.25 Zippers, $1 Fabrics, All very discounted. Please come back if you are interested- We’d love to have people from the surrounding areas.

  42. Hi, Renee I Love your blog, I am always inspired when I view your blog. So Happy for you and your new hubby…I have purchased some patterns that you used from Burda online and have some questions about Burda patterns….

  43. Hi Cidell! I love your blog and the fact that you sew your own clothes. You’ve created some beautiful pieces. Based on some of the items I’ve seen you wear in your posts, I think you’d score some nice items at the pop up resale boutique my mother and I are hosting this Sunday in Baltimore at The Living Well, an arts studio. We’ll have a variety of sizes (4 to 20 in clothes and 6 to 12 in shoes) and name brands, including boutique, designer and department labels, for sale at 70% off the retail price and lower. My mother (a shopaholic but classy lady) retired recently and our goal is to purge. For that reason, a lot her items, and the gently-used items of a lot of other ladies who want to purge, will be extremely discounted. I’m sure you can find some items that you could repurpose or wear as is!

    We’ll have everything from bags, blouses and sweaters to skirts, scarves, and shoes. There will be jewelry too!

    It would be great to see you there. Bring a friend or two! Details can be found in the link and attachment.


    Take care and have a great weekend! Janelle

  44. I love that I found the site of a blogger from Balitmore! I am in Elkridge and am always on the lookout for locals that love to sew. Your blog looks awesome and I am so jealous of your sewing room.

  45. Perusing your site (https://missceliespants.com/2011/04/15/of-course-theres-room-for-one-more/) I believe I purchased my treadle from the woman you speak of in this post. As a matter of fact I THINK the machine on your page is mine! I purchased a Sears Minnesota from a Florida woman and have been seeking to identify the model ever since. Phew, it has been a chore that has gone on for over a year.

    I am enjoying your site. You’re sew talented.

    Thank you for being a force on the WWW.



  46. Dear Miss Celie,

    I have so enjoyed your blog, and although I am not a regular reader nor a subscriber, I just wanted to “throw you a line” to let you know how “hooked” I am on you! (sorry [sort of!] ’bout the puns.) You are a beautiful woman who writes beautifully, sews beautifully and shares of herself beautifully!

    It does give me hope to see that there are times when you pause on your “real sewing” – I find that I feel I am waking from a sew-less dream only to be called by the siren of “fabric and the possibilities.” There must be a 12-step group somewhere for fabric hoarders; but, if there is, I don’t want know about it! Denial is not just a river in Egypt anymore!

    Please accept my gratitude for being a blessing in my life!

  47. I’ve just found you and I’m fascinated. I’d like to sew a coat for my husband and I saw your version of man parka. I love making jackets as you. I’ll follow your blog.

  48. Love your blog! Also love Liege waffles and I too left my wedding cake in the hotel fridge! Thanks for the supplex tips–I’ll check out those shops.

  49. I’m a man…born in Baltimore; now living on a farm in VERY rural South Dakota. I went to school on Montserrat.
    I have recently retired and just prior to that I went shopping at a second hand store for an end table. I found one I liked and the guy in the store loaded it into my P/U truck. When I got it home, I realized it was really a cabinet sewing machine (Morse 4100 MJ.) I had some difficulty with it at first but after cleaning it and setting the timing (not that difficult once it was clean). I am now wanting to use it. I have only one presser foot and it will NOT allow zig-zag. I am writing because I “heard tell” YOU have a Morse…so any “education” on that topic will be most appreciated.
    Now for a gal who “lives alone” in Baltimore, you sure do make a lot of nice MEN’s Clothing…I don’t suppose making bow ties is worth discussing? I wear them…every day at work, but now since “every day is Saturday” I don’t have to wear them quite as often.
    All the best,

  50. Hey fellow sewing enthusiast, did you ever hear more about the English translation for the Sewy Isabell? I’ve had a couple of people asking me about them. Thanks!

  51. Cannot believe found someone who has used the bernina embroidery foot 030loll I am fortunate enough to have my grandmothers bernina 740 model. While it an old model it’s still in great shape and has lots of presser foots that come with it. Will keep up with this blog! TY! Yeh for me loll

  52. i was looking at the wonderful baseball sweater you made for jordan (wanna make me one?) and i think the shoulder style in the original is called a saddle shoulder. it’s different from a raglan in that it starts out under the arm in the usual rounded way and then takes off in a straight-ish line about halfway up to where the the shoulder seam would be (if there were one) and following the direction of the non-existent shoulder seam to the neckline. that was a mouthful! the raglan is a straight line from the underarm right to the neckline (sometimes there’s a tiny curve at the very bottom end).

  53. So I just spent the last 8 hours (last night and this morning) shunning laundry and my family, and reading back a years worth of your posts. I love your style, and what you do, and the fact that you are curvy and figuring out how to make things work! I am a 32FF (or 30G when I remember to cut back on sugar) and know the struggle of fitting RTW, as well as any patterns. I am trying to get more into sewing for myself, but am very overshadowed by my mother who has been sewing herself since the age of 10. She tends to ask to “help,” and then takes over. Though sometimes it is easier to just let her do my FBA. 🙂 Maybe once I get working on my own projects, I will bravely put them out there on the interwebs for all to see. I can’t wait to see what you have going on next.

  54. I was quite interested in your post about Kantje Boord. I am in USA. I am trying to finalize a purchase of “pakkets” from them, but I do not understand how to pay the shop. I called, the woman told me they cannot accept credit cards, merely gave me a 4 digit number for her bank and said I send the money from my bank. I do not understand. She seemed to be implying that I use a bank card, but I have no idea how to process the transaction. Can you help me understand? Nice sewing work on your postings–you are very productive!

  55. Hi Cidell,

    I found your site while looking for bra making info and I love your blog and your fishy theme, it’s the cutest ^_^
    I just wanted to say thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful photos and projects. Last year I put together a corset making video course for beginners and wondered if you’d like a free copy? I’m on a mission to share corsetry with the world and I thought it might be something that would intrigue! I also wondered what you thought of doing some collaborating? I’d love to offer a discount to your readers if you think my course is something they’d be interested in and something you’d be interested in sharing with them.

    Let me know if you’d like me to send you a download link for the course and thanks again for sharing all your sewing projects 🙂 x



  56. Hi Cidell, When I was researching the KnitKing Compuknit VCX that I am posting for sale I came across your blog. Are you still looking to buy one? If not, I will be posting it in the next couple of days on Ebay. toyhunters@yahoo.com

  57. Hi Celie! I’ve been a long time follower of your blog, and I also live in the Baltimore area (Cockeysville). I am about to move and am getting rid of hundreds of patterns and bags upon bags of fabric. I’ve been collecting these patterns and fabric for years and am reluctant to just give them to the Goodwill, where they may be thrown away. I was wondering if you knew of any person or organization in the Baltimore area who would like my ridiculous collection of patterns and fabric? There was no e-mail form on your blog, so I thought I’d just leave a message… Let me know!

    • Hey Kathy!

      I hope you’re moving for a good reason! There’s a place in DC that accepts fabric donations that my friends have told me about. If you’re moving, I could take them off your hands and get it to them. I know that feeling!

      On Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 9:22 PM, Miss Celie's Pants wrote:


  58. Dear Renee,
    I found your blog while looking for a pattern for the pants Miss Celie makes. All the Google hits were on the symbolism of the pants in the book, but no patterns. Do you by any chance have such a pattern and could you share it with me?
    My friend’s son is making pants for sale at craft fairs and concerts. He currently makes hippie and ninja pants and I thought Miss Celie’s pants would make a great addition to his collection.
    Ellen Schreder and I make upcycled wool sweater mittens and coffee bean bag totes to sell. The profits support a sewing project in Haiti sponsored by Helping Haiti Work and Days 4 Girls.
    I enjoyed reading your blog while searching for a pattern.
    Thank you for considering my request.

    Karen Tingstad

    • Hi Karen,

      I’m sorry, I don’t have a pattern for the pants referred to in the musical. I’m not sure one exists to be honest. Best of luck to your friends son and your program.

      On Sun, Feb 5, 2017 at 5:40 PM, Miss Celie's Pants wrote:


  59. Renee, I don’t know what you’re talking about … your blog is awesome and your skills are on point! Particularly your Corvid coat in winter white – love it!

  60. Glad to have found you! I’m working on sewing myself and I appreciate all your notes. Are you on ravelry?

  61. Well, you might be getting 2 replies .. I was writing 1 and it vanished, so I’ll post again.
    I knew you sew your own yoga pants and active wear and thought you might be interested in this sale:

    Hi Wick Dri Fit Stretch Lycra
    56913 USD 12.98 USD 2.99

    60″ wide 84% Polyester 16% Lycra Superior Hi-wicking comfort with 4 way stretch for active wear. Generates body moisture away from the skin, keeping you cooler.

    Sew on …

  62. Oops .. 1 more active wear fabric on sale

    White Armor Wick A Way
    5741Wht USD 10.98 USD 5.99

    60″ wide Highteck Nylon Under Armor wickaway superior comfort and 4 way stretch for active wear, sportswear easy tops and camisoles
    Unit Price Qty
    USD 10.98 USD 5.99


    Have fun.

  63. For whatever reason, I am not able to comment on the recent post about you starting to sew a coat and I just want to say thank you and I shall be looking forward to your progress. I also have about 90 yards of various coat fabrics — cotton for anoraks, wool for winter, several waterproof or resistant rain fabrics — and I need a kick in the pants to start using them. Your progress will be an inspiration. Thanks in advance!

    • Anytime! Let’s inspire each other. It’s crazy. But, I’m already thinking about my next coat project and I’m barely halfway through this one! I just really love coats and can never get motivated to *start* them.

      On Wed, Oct 25, 2017 at 9:42 AM, Miss Celie's Pants wrote:


      • Hi, Renee- Your posts everywhere are always a joy, but your duvet post was an unexpected surprise. We slept on split featherbeds with separate duvets in Budapest several years ago. Loved them, but couldn’t figure out how to use them at home in the USA. (Like you, could just find tourist photos online.) Your instagram post and comments are so helpful! We also have the two different warmth levels issue, but now maybe can work out a better solution. What fun!

  64. Your blog Is a delightful positive place. Thank you for sharing. I am clumsy and awkward at sewing but the effort is fun and every thing I screw up teaches me something and makes me appreciate real skill more. Like yours. Sending smiles your way.

  65. You’re amazing! I’m so glad I found your blog. I’ve just bought the Cashmerette Holyoke dress pattern and was looking at Google images for inspiration. I saw you in the Holyoke you made and kept thinking ‘she looks so much like the pattern cover’. I didn’t think companies used ‘real people’ so I’m loving Cashmerette even more. Wishing you and your hubby all the best.

  66. Is machine knitting very hard? And can you recommend a machine to purchase? I do knit scarves etc but always wanted to knit larger things. Thanks for you help.

  67. Hello
    I love bloglovin the ideas. I’m troubled, though by your recent posts. Why do you have to single yourself out as I’m your “black” friend? Why not…I’m your sewing friend sharing my love for crafts? People need to quit using the terms “black” and “white” even the media says… a “WHITE” cop killed a “BLACK” man…No, it’s a cop who restrained a man who was on drugs and did forceful restrain which took his life. Was the cop correct. NO, but the man he was restraining wasn’t innocent either.
    We don’t hear….I’m a yellow friend… from other cultures, or I’m a pink friend. Color doesn’t matter, it’s whats in a heart that makes someone pure, right, kind etc.
    Take care…and praying for our country that the signalling out will end…years ago the term “black” was considered racist and we were suppose to use the term…African American…

    • Carol, I didn’t talk about George Floyd. I will say his name. I will also say that he was restrained with unsanctioned tactics and murdered. And if you haven’t heard other cultures refer to themselves with those terms, then you’re not talking to enough people of different cultures. But, to kind of help you understand better, I chose to use “Black Friend” because it’s a troupe in pop culture. When you see a black person on the screen, they are the friend and not the lead. You must have gathered I closed comments on that post. If you have more questions to ask, please email me.

  68. Dear Renee,

    I have been following you on Instagram for about a year now and have enjoyed getting to know you.

    I share your interest in learning about color palettes to improve my success with sewing projects. I will give you the tip that the best eye for color is Imogen Lamport. She has a color masterclass you can purchase. She has also been sharing some of her color knowledge in Instagram posts.

    My best recommendation, however, is to enroll In her program, 7 Steps to Style. In Step 3, you will explore color and receive a color analysis from her–and she is amazing at this! She will tell you which the 18 color palettes she has created is your best match. And, she will also tell you something that no one else in image consulting ever mentions– your best value contrast and color contrast.

    The other steps are so helpful for clarifying one’s style. And, you will have access to a private Facebook group with women from all over the world.

    I live just outside of Philadelphia and hope that we will meet some day!


    Debra Coglianese
    Wynnewood, PA

    • I LOVE Imogen! I got the best start to what styles worked for my body type. I also loved that she had a sewing background too! I may check more of her out. Thanks for the suggestion.

      • Thank you for your lovely reply.

        I signed up for 7 Steps when I realized that I would need to get back into sewing in order to have a simple sheath dress that would actually fit me. And, I wanted to avoid that horrible situation of making something that did not end up being flattering.

        Still working my way towards a better wardrobe but I make far fewer mistakes now. I’d still be in the deep grass without Imogen’s insightful identification of value contrast and color contrast.

        Would love to see you over on 7 Steps! Or, perhaps, a meet-up sometime at Fabric Place in Baltimore. I was just getting comfortable shopping for fabric in NYC when things shut down. For now, driving to Baltimore for fabric shopping seems a more reasonable venture than hopping on the train to shop in NYC!



  69. Hi I am interested in this pattern I have purchased but having a bit of an issue completing. Can you assist?

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