The Best of 2013: Work

I am tremendously fortunate to get to do what I love for a living. I work extremely hard, but most people do and many hate what they do, so I recognize that this is something not to take for granted. Most of my success is thanks to all of you, keeping my little business moving forward!

This year saw some great highs and also saw a lot of work that has yet to be revealed. Trust me when I say that 2014 is going to be epic! Here are some of my highlights for my business in 2013.


Though my teaching has slowed down due to all the other things I have going on, I still teach about one class (sometimes more) a month. This year had me teaching both my patterns (Rosemary Collar on the left) and some of my favorite patterns from other designers (Anna Maria Horner's Painted Portrait Dress in the middle, and Colette Pattern's Laurel Dress on the right). 2014 starts off with me teaching two sessions of my Emery Dress

Craftcation Conference

The Craftcation Conference is such a good time and I'm happy to announce that I'll be back in 2014 for  the whole stretch this time! In 2013 I taught an apron and skirt class so the most fun and enthusiastic students ever!


Every seamstress dreams of good reviews, especially in reputable publications like Threads Magazine, and I was so happy to have a great write up of my Derby Dress pattern in the spring issue. Thanks Threads!


In the spring issue of Sew News Magazine is a lengthy article I wrote, full of my favorite Parisian sewing spots. If you haven't seen it and are planning a trip, find it on their site!

Emery Dress Pattern

The response to my only pattern of 2013, the Emery Dress, has been so overwhelming and flattering. Everyone seems to love it and I couldn't be happier! Haley (on the right) helped me with my sew-along, so if you've not yet made yours and need some pointers, check out all the Emery Dress Sew-Along posts. 

Upcoming Book

I have announced the book that I spent a huge amount of 2013 working on, and soon it will be released! You will hear more than you probably want about this very soon, so I will spare you any additional details, but look for much more on this epic project shortly!