I'm Ann. I've been sewing since I was 9. My first project was a denim wrap skirt. Thrifting is a way of life for me - both eco-chic and financially savvy.

Sew your own espadrilles shoes!

Sew your own espadrilles shoes

The perfect spring/summer cotton shoe is the espadrille. You can sew your own espadrilles shoes! Years ago, there was a website called Espadrilles, Etc. and I mean years ago (1997 ish). You could buy them in every color. Guess what?…

How to Wear White Jeans in Winter

How to wear white jeans in winter! Back in the Polyvore days, I planned this capsule wardrobe, but recently referred to it in a sewing video. What DO you wear with white jeans in winter? And yes, I wear my…

Stash Beyond Life Expectancy

Fabric vintage pattern haul

Conversation with a (sewing) friend today: I’m considering that I have reached SBLE – Stash Beyond Life Expectancy. That is, my fabric (pattern) stash is maybe more than I can make. I am pretty sure NOT on the fabric side,…

Jalie Simone Shorts Pattern Review

Jalie Simone Shorts Sewing Pattern Review

I’ve made these before, but never for myself. This is my Jalie Simone Shorts Pattern Review. In short? Make these! Pun, intended! True to Jalie, the fit is good (Jalie runs “narrow” – that is, I find there’s not a…

Sew a Bias Slip Skirt

Sewing a bias slip skirt

It’s nearly fall – but a great fall/spring transition garment is the bias slip skirt. Here are my picks to sew a bias slip skirt for fall or spring! The bias slip skirt is an a-line skirt cut on the…