Stop the presses

Breakfast, and my final paper. Yesterday was my last day of work for probably quite some time. I am going back to school, starting next month, to earn an MBA with a marketing focus. To make a long story short, I was not happy with the trajectory of my journalism career. This career change is […]

Know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em

My soon-to-be-ex knitting stash. I’m here to tell you that giving up is OK. Surrender is an option. I’ve tried to get into knitting — honest! I have some dear friends who are accomplished knitters, people who can talk and knit at the same time. I can only frown and knit at the same time. […]

Black chain pencil skirt: Waisted

I followed these directions, from Sew What! Skirts, to make the waistband. [Click image for a readable view.] The waistband was the next step on my test garment, and it’s been the most fun part of making this skirt so far. “Fun” may seem like a goofy way to describe a sewing step, but it’s […]

Special request

Nine separated eggs. I think Kitty is giving me the stink eye in this photo. Not that long ago, I was a bit of a joke in the kitchen. My college roommates joked about “Buegefying” food. (Buege is my maiden name.) There was good reason for the joke. I once opened a can of Manwich […]

Happy birthday, happy Easter

Two bratwursts, one kielbasa, and one toasted bun. MVH‘s birthday was last week, but the first chance we had for a proper birthday dinner was Easter Sunday. We knew the weather was going to be nice, and we were itching to haul out the Weber. The menu was German-inspired (save the kielbasa). MVH made a […]

Black chain pencil skirt: Shaping up

Hand-pinned darts. [Click for a larger view.] The thing about darts that kinda drives me bananas is that there aren’t really rules for them. There’s no equation (that I know of) of waist-to-hip ratio that reveals how long and wide a dart should be and where it should be placed. It’s all about feel. And […]

Black chain pencil skirt: To the side

The world’s cutest pincushion. I nabbed this little beauty at Madison’s annual Craftacular a few years ago. The artist who made the pincushion has an Etsy store filled with other remarkable felted creations. After installing the zipper, it was time to stitch the side seams. This is pretty straight-forward business: sew the seam with a […]

Black chain pencil skirt: Feeling exposed

Staystitching the top edges. Staystitching helps edges from getting stretched out. The doohickey on the right is a seam guide. It has a magnet that sticks to the throat plate of my sewing machine. The seam guide helps keep seams consistent. I use it almost every time I sew a seam. After I drafted the […]

Black chain pencil skirt: Drafting, cutting

Click on the image for a larger view. After a sewist has picked fabric and notions, it’s time for her to crunch some numbers: her vital statistics. In other words, you ask yourself, “How do I figure?” To make this skirt, I am using Sew What! Skirts: 16 Simple Styles You Can Make with Fabulous […]

Introducing the black chain pencil skirt

The cast of characters: brassy buttons, brass jeans zipper, and the star: black chain print cotton twill. I have a vision for a sewing project, and it started in the kitchen. MVH and I received a very nice set of Chicago Cutlery knives for our wedding in 2003. And use those knives we did! But […]

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