my blog. past.present. and future.

I’ve been blogging since 2010 and have gone through lots of changes as a blogger. How did I start? I had taken a trip to Paris alone with my one year old to visit my friend. As I sat in a cafe, I decided I wanted to write a blog about sewing and living a […]



My daughter has been studying the Greek myths and chose to present herself as Persephone in her class pageant. She made the costume the night before, and baked her Yia Yia’s Greek New Year’s cake recipe to bring to school. She also made some tzatziki, which was delicious! While gathering flowers in a field one […]

Another McCall’s 6992 With Knit Self Fabric Neckband


  I’ve been doing a lot of knit sewing lately as you’ve probably noticed. . I’ve  used this  McCall’s 6992 raglan sleeved sweatshirt pattern again. So far I’ve sewn it up four times! In my opinion, it’s the perfect raglan sweatshirt pattern.  And I can sew it in less than an hour since I’ve already […]

Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes For Girls: Pattern Book Giveaway


   Recently I was sent a copy of Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes For Girls written by the Japanese kids designer Yuki Araki to review and do a  giveaway for. I loved this pattern book because you can make a whole season’s wardrobe for your little girls from the patterns included. This book has 22 designs […]

Learn to make your own patterns- Kicking the pattern buying habit

Chanel Look

Spending 16 dollars on a pattern, sewing it up, and then realizing it looks nothing like the envelope is frustrating.It just happened to me and it’s probably happened to you, too. IMO, learning fitting techniques for commercial patterns designed for another body can be HARDER than just drafting your own. Making your own patterns isn’t […]

DIY Leather Motorcycle Jacket

DIY Leather Motorcycle Jacket

I finished my leather motorcycle jacket! This was quite a project! I used cowhide leather in Calvary Distressed Bone courtesy of The Leather Hide Store. It was upholstery weight, giving my jacket a rugged, authentic motorcycle jacket weight and feel. My husband has been riding motorcycles for years and has a collection of  protective leather […]

McCall’s 6992 Raglan Tee

McCall's 6992

McCall’s 6992 Raglan ribbed cuff and neck long sleeve top An everyday top I made in black New Zealand Merino wool knit from The Fabric Store for the front and back, metallic cotton jersey for the sleeves, faux leather insets, and cotton ribbed cuffs and neckline. I used McCall’s 6992.I would recommend this pattern as […]