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 […]

Leather Sewing Tips From My Pink Skirt


  I used my basic skirt block to create a paneled pink leather skirt with leather I bought in South Los Angeles. I couldn’t pass up this pink leather….and the skirt works with my handmade mesh top made from a Lekala pattern. Sav Mor Leather in South LA. Let’s just say it’s an adventure going […]

Leopard Crop Top / Draping, Patterning


  I’m working on a design for a leather top and thought I’d make a prototype in some of the leftover leopard denim from my skirt project. I like the high waisted skirt with crop top look , but wanted something more modest, since my fabric is already so wild. It was a perfect outfit […]

Leopard print skirt & cropped denim jacket


Could a leopard pencil skirt be considered a basic wardrobe piece? Yes! I fell in love with this thicker weight woven cotton twill with a bit of stretch in it at The Fabric Store in Hollywood. It’s one of my favorite fabric shops. It’s down the street from Mood and a must visit store, for […]

Decoupaged French Country Doghouse


  We have four dogs. The tiniest is a little Chihuahua named Coco. She wandered in one day from the road after being abandoned, most likely.She was half starving and had recently had a litter,the poor little thing, and it was a little while before she regained her health. One day, I was driving home, […]

Types Of Sewing Machines For Sewing With Leather: Jacket Progress


I’ve been on a bit of a leather information gathering odyssey lately. I get interested in things and then it leads me down a kind of  sewing rabbit hole. I’ve been doing a lot of research on different types of sewing with leather and thought I’d share some information while it’s still fresh. I may […]

Exposed Zipper Leather Pocket- In Seam Pocket


  I have had a really challenging time figuring out how to put together my Ziggi jacket.  I had to figure out my own way to add the exposed zipper inseam pockets.  I have broken several needles by going over too many layers of leather. When sewing thick leather you need to figure out ways […]

What I’m Up To: Costume Design

Holmes for the holiday from the Cleveland Playhouse

I’ve been super busy and working on a new play. It takes place in the 1930′s era. It’s called The Game’s Afoot, written by Ken Ludwig. And that’s why It’s taking me ages to finish my leather motorcycle jacket! I thought it was going to be an easy job, because we have lots of thirties […]

Franklin Dress By The Brooklyn Pattern Co


Today I’m taking part in a pattern tour! I made the Franklin Dress by the Brooklyn Pattern Company. It’s a new company created by designer Erin Proud, who worked as a theatrical costume designer for the ballet and opera but has switched gears since having children. And she lives in Brooklyn. Of course! Everyone cool […]

Cutting a pattern in leather


Today I’m cutting out my leather jacket. It’s very nerve wracking to cut into expensive leather. You can’t afford to make any mistakes and you only get one chance to sew it right! 1. Examine the leather for any defects. Mark where the defects are on the wrong side so you can avoid them when […]