She finally arrived! We could have kayaked to China, picked her up, and kayaked back in less time than it took for her to finally get here, but whatever... Yes, I know it's been over a year. Maybe longer. This isolation and the loss of several of my job ventures has left me, along with… Continue reading Chong

Thoughts & Memories


Someone posted this on Facebook today, and rather than write a lengthy post reply, I figured I'd take up this topic here.  Plus, if I cut out one more piece of skating dress fabric tonight I might go insane... Many of you know my skater/daughter has won or placed at nationals more times than I… Continue reading Perspective

Projects, Uncategorized

Duct Tape Mannequin, Check!

It's been a while -- thanks for sticking around... (BTW, if you're only interested in the mannequin tutorial, scroll down to where the photos begin!) The skating world is so weird sometimes; I know people who protect their costume ideas for each season more carefully than they protect their passwords, bank PIN's, and in some… Continue reading Duct Tape Mannequin, Check!

Projects, Studio

We’re Baaaack!!

It's been absolutely forever since I posted here, but this is why: SHE MADE IT TO WORLDS!  Of course it had nothing at all to do with how she skated -- it's all about the dress, you know... Anyway, we're home from two weeks in Italy and Paris (ok, 9 days in Italy for the… Continue reading We’re Baaaack!!

Projects, Thoughts & Memories, Tips & Tricks Tuesday

Hand-Dyed Lace and Where Crazy Ideas Begin

**If you're only interested in the hand-dyed lace tutorial and not all my babbling, scroll to where the photos begin!** The process for most of the custom roller skating outfits I make is fairly simple: coach has an idea in March, we settle on a plan in early April, dress is finished by early to… Continue reading Hand-Dyed Lace and Where Crazy Ideas Begin

Studio, Thoughts & Memories

Scary Season

Scary season is upon me, which isn't exactly as it's not scary because of the workload; it's scary because the workload means my shop has become an utter hellhole. There are scraps everywhere. EVERYWHERE. I even devised a new scrap storage system, but it doesn't matter -- just when I get them under control,… Continue reading Scary Season

Projects, What Are They Wearing Wednesday

What Are They Wearing Wednesday: Long Time No Post

It's been months, I know...between getting this business going, traveling to meets with the pop-up shop, and trying to get new PDF patterns online, I haven't had time to breathe. Anyway, here's a quickie -- just finished last week, a derby half-time show dress for a former (not "old!") artistic skater and her husband.  Though… Continue reading What Are They Wearing Wednesday: Long Time No Post

Thoughts & Memories

Trademark — Check!

Not exactly sewing related, but I've had so many requests for this information, and this is really the only place I have to put it. Last March, after spending too many hours working on SEO (search engine optimization) for my company website, I realized there are just too many damn companies that use the name… Continue reading Trademark — Check!

Projects, Thoughts & Memories

Recent Projects

Wow...I've been gone forever... So much has happened recently...our trademarks were approved and registered (yay!), I finished dozens of pieces for regional and national skating championships, we sunk more money than I care to think about into our fabric's obviously been a crazy summer! And there are lots of changes coming for us this… Continue reading Recent Projects


Latest Project — Swim Shorts

So because I'm not busy enough, and because I think I was in sort of a spandex withdrawal after finishing 40 pieces last month, I took on a new project -- pattern tester for 5 out of 4 Patterns. I've never used PDF patterns before (weird, I know), so that was really the only part… Continue reading Latest Project — Swim Shorts