I love sewing. It’s a big part of my life. Getting back into sewing several years ago was the impetus for a huge change in my life, which led to me leaving my hometown in the Washington, D.C., area for a job at a sewing magazine in Connecticut. Now I try to sew a little bit every day.
My goal is to make a large proportion of my daily wardrobe, rather than buying it. Clothes in stores and catalogs are boring and they never fit correctly. It’s slow going, but I’m making progress. This blog, and its title, is a reminder to myself to just cut the damn fabric and sew already! “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”: wiser words were never spoken. (Well, maybe there are wiser words, but these are pretty damn good.)
In addition to everyday clothes I can wear for work, I also make historically inspired and historically accurate costumes, mostly for playing dress-up at Jane Austen Society events and other Federal/Regency/Napoleonic era events. I have a different blog for that: Belle Mode, Belle Histoire.
Sewing is my main creative outlet. I love working with fabrics and patterns, and figuring out how to make things work. Follow along as I blog my successes, failures, frustrations, and random thoughts about sewing for life.