1960’s Bow Neck Blouses

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Still looking for some bow neck blouse inspiration? Not sure you want to do the 1930’s, 1940’s, or 1950’s? How about the swingin’ sixties! I’ve put together an assortment of 1960’s bow neck blouse and dress inspiration, for your viewing pleasure. The best part? All of the pictures link to patterns for sale on Etsy! Start off with these giant bows from the early 60’s, bringing some interest to an otherwise generic dress from the period. I know I’m supposed to be talking about bows, but check out those gorgeous frogs! I hadn’t thought about how frogs and bows could be exchanged… Of course that cute, square bow is a great geometry to set off the slit at the neck and flared dress. It’s not often you see a pattern envelope feature all white garments, but it sure does make these great blouses stand out! Three bow neck options, all …


Sewing Summit 2013

New Friends from Sewing Summit 2013

Sewing Summit 2013 I miss you already! I’m still riding on a high from how wonderful the weekend was, how informative the classes, how delightful the other attendees. I stayed up until 1am sewing on brand new Bernina sewing machines (two nights in a row! I may or may not have had to call my mom and tell her to talk me out of buying a new sewing machine on the spot!), laughing, chatting, and getting to know so many friendly, inspiring, and welcoming sewists. Before going to the summit I was admittedly quite nervous, but the nerves were all for nought. Every. Single. Person. I met was open and welcoming and creative and inspiring. Not only was it a blast to meet such fun folks, I think attending the summit was also a great career move for me. I don’t talk about it much on my blog since it …


Vashon Quilt Guild Quilt Show 2013

larqe quilts

The Vashon Quilt Guild Quilt Show, where I learned to hand quilt last weekend, had an amazing quantity of beautiful quilts. I thought I would share a small selection of them. Many of the quilts feature Kaffe Fassett fabrics because the local fabric store, Island Quilter, specializes in his fabrics. This meant that there were lots of bright and colorful quilts, right up my alley! The community quilt was on display. Every year for many, many years, Catholine Tribble has put together a quilt that features blocks made by different community members and is raffled to support Vashon Allied Arts, raising thousands of dollars to support art in the community. This year the theme was businesses of Vashon and includes a block made by my mom (and blocks made by two other Quilty Ladies, her weekly quilting partners-in-crime). The quilt blocks are appliqued by hand and all of the quilting …

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens


Last week I was sent to the east coast to visit collaborators for work.  I decided I would fly out a day early so that I could visit friends in New York. While there, I spent hours wandering through the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens with a friend. The Japanese garden was lovely and tranquil. I enjoyed watching the turtles and koi in the murky green water. I was taken by this bright red flower. So bold, so bright, so cheery. I believe it was from the onion/garlic family, which I found surprising as I think of those blossoms as being puff balls, not striking individual petals like this one. Inside of the building hosting the different world climates, there was an atrium that had flower sculptures hanging from each of the roof windows. I loved this one, not just because it was bright pink, but because of how bold it was …

Take Pride in Your Accomplishments: I Rode the STP!

STP finish line

I did it. I rode my bike from Seattle to Portland on the STP bike ride this weekend. 140 miles on Saturday. 71 miles on Sunday. This was my first major bike ride and my first time joining a group of my family and friends that have been doing this ride for several years. There were times when it was great fun. There were times when I wondered why the heck I was doing it. This creamsicle at mile 100 was pure bliss. While you may not think a gigantic bike ride has anything to do with crafting or sewing (and in fact, it seems to be the opposite as training for this ride took up the majority of my free time for the last couple of months leaving little time for other activities), I think it does. I think there are three important things that can apply directly to …