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Two months until the wedding and I’ve been super busy trying to finish the million little projects that surround me.

dupioni tee

dupioni tee

My grandma’s coma also had me paralyzed, and her peaceful death also released me. I woke up at 3AM to take the phone call from my dad, and between the sadness and logistics of that day managed to also make this blouse.

My grandma gave me (and each of my cousins) a string of pearls and set of studs as a high school graduation gift. Most of us had our strands at the funeral, and the two cousins who didn’t have them wore my grandma’s own pearls. It was a beautiful symbol of our connection to her and to each other.

dupioni tee

All the fabrics are washed silk dupioni remnants. I’m so pleased with the colors; they remind me of a circus while still complimenting the milky pearls.

dupioni tee

I drafted the pattern myself; it’s a woven tee shirt (inspired by Jen at Grainline of course). I’m really pleased with the fit, via bust darts and a center back seam, and that I’m able to easily pull the shirt over my head without needing a zipper. I’ve used the same pattern (with a zipper) to make a radically different top, but you’ll have to be patient for that.

dupioni tee

Contrast bias binding is always so luscious. And I do love the teal and chartreuse threads. You can’t quite see them in these photos, but trust me, they’re there.

It was extremely powerful to transform my grief into action, to embody all the feelings I had into a beautiful object that paid tribute to my grandmother’s life and her role in mine.

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classy ladiness

As Jason pointed out, classy ladiness is hereditary. I’d never seen this photograph before arriving at the wake, and I absolutely love it.




Last year I made a dress for my friend Annie, and it was so cute on her that I made a shirt version of it. I see the colors as blue and gray, but the fabric does tend to look purple. What do you think?

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blueberry stripesIt’s a V-neck with 3/4 length sleeves–a very elegant design if I say so myself. The jersey was taken from downtown Fabric Planet to the Venice store, because I knew how chic and popular it would be (sad that there isn’t any more!). The more observant among you may recognize this same pattern from an earlier top, also modeled by Miss Cassandra. I’m sure I’ll keep making this pattern in other fabrics for years to come.

Like it? Want it? Check out the Etsy shop!




If you follow my sewings at all you’ll be familiar with this design. I’ve been playing with variations on this V-neck for months, and I don’t know if I’ll be stopping anytime soon. It’s such a great way to harness the attitude that comes with wide stripes, as opposed to the boring (and largely unflattering) horizontal stripes. It’s dynamic but still classy, and the aloe color scheme keeps it calm.

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aloe jersey

Plus this cotton jersey has amazing drape and fantastic stretch. It’s silky and slinky and as I’m writing this I’m thinking I need to get 10 more yards next time I’m at Fabric Planet! Maybe some more tops, and some dresses, and even leggings? Lately all I can think about is leggings…

For now there’s only one of these shirts, so grab it on Etsy fast!

My model for this shirt was Ms. Cassandra, who looks good in everything, and was so obliging for my photo shoot!

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