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

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

Silence is Golden

Truly golden, as in gold medal. My blog silence over the past three months is due to a ridiculously heavy sewing load, leading up to both the regional and national championships for roller skating, my largest client base by far. I'm not complaining...I had fifteen separate outfits in various stages of completion during one particular… Continue reading Silence is Golden

Projects, Thoughts & Memories

Fifty Shades of White

I finished this latest creation just in time to enter it in The Monthly Stitch's July challenge, "MonoSewn," where everything had to be black, white, or both.  You can read about it here. I knew I wanted a completely white dress, but what I didn't plan on back in November when I decided on this… Continue reading Fifty Shades of White

Introduction, Thoughts & Memories

A Creator’s Evolution

(Title irony intentional, of course) This week I'm celebrating (and by "celebrating" I mean I briefly thought about it when it popped into my head at the grocery store while choosing bananas) the twenty year anniversary of the creation of my first skating dress.  This slightly unkind reminder of my own personal aging process brought… Continue reading A Creator’s Evolution

Introduction, Studio

Guilty Pleasure to CEO

Four months ago, at the constant urging of my husband, I quit a job that was making me angry and resentful and began working instead on trying to dismiss the guilt I've always felt for wanting to do something that a) doesn't require the multiple college degrees I hold, and b) doesn't feel like a… Continue reading Guilty Pleasure to CEO