My Padded Dress Form

Padded Dress Form

That’s my padded dress form. I sew and design in my dining room so she has to be presentable. Her measurements are pretty close to mine but I had to do a little padding. I made some pads by creating pads from batting . Then I tucked them under this lace shapewear camisole. I think […]

Girls Ruffled Apron Tutorial


I’m a procrastinator when it comes to sewing practical things like lunch sacks, aprons, slipcovers, and pillowcases. My house could use some spiffing up and last week I bought some really great natural linen to make new slipcovers with. We’ll see how long it takes for me to get to it! Gigi really wanted a […]

Justine’s Sewing Bookshelf: Dressmaking For Real Women

Dressmaking For Real Women

I have an EXTENSIVE collection of sewing books. Most I have bought for my own sewing needs, some have been sent to me from publishers, and some I’ve had since design school back in the 90′s, and then there are the  vintage sewing books going back to the twenties, and pattern catalogs I’ve found at […]

Back Porch Dress: Kids Clothes Week


  I haven’t been sewing for my girls lately and this week is Kids Clothes Week around blogland so I decided to finish a project that had been sitting in my unfinished pile before my little one grows out of it. It’s a dress I designed inspired by the dresses I love worn by little […]

What I Have Learned After Four Years Of Sewing Blogging

What I have learned from sewing blogging

Well, I’m coming up on my four year blogiversary and today I want to share some things that I’ve learned about myself after four years of blogging.The sewing community is a really supportive place in general. It’s fun being a sewing blogger. I’ve made loads of friends and many I’ve met in person at organized […]

DIY African Print Dress With Suede Beaded Collar

TRibal Print Suede Collar Dress

  I finished this cotton knit dress a few weeks ago, but only got around to photographing it now. It was supposed to be a maxi dress but I didn’t buy enough fabric. The Afro/ tribal print cotton knit was bought at Mood fabrics in LA last summer. It’s so silky with a lovely drape. […]