Chanin Machine
Completed / Sewing / Thrifted

Chanin Machine

“Chanin” and “machine” – now, those are two words that don’t usually travel together. UNTIL NOW. To my surprise and delight, I recently found that the t-shirt pattern included in the Alabama Studio Sewing + Design book fits me pretty well in the places that matter most. (Speaking of Alabama Chanin, Thread Cult recently did a fantastic … Continue reading

Bossy bees
Challenge / Completed / Sewing

Bossy bees

Alternate title: How Sally of The Quirky Peach bossed me into making a beautiful dress. Yes, it’s true – Sally and I engaged in some light-hearted bossing as part of Heather Lou and Oona’s brainchild, The Sew Bossy Initiative! Normally, I’m not much for planned sewing. I can’t even tell my own danged self what to sew without facing major … Continue reading

A dress in blue noil
Completed / Sewing

A dress in blue noil

Hi guys! Thanks for your thoughtful responses to my interview with Leigh Anne Van Dusen. It was reassuring to hear that many of you experience the same feelings I do – wanting to sew with sustainable textiles but wondering (and feeling overwhelmed by) what really constitutes a sustainable, healthy fabric. I thought it was cool was that people had a … Continue reading

Tunic times
Giveaway / Sewing

Tunic times

It’s not all velvetine suits chez Crab & Bee. Last fall, I made a workhorse addition to my handmade wardrobe’s tunic section: a cotton/hemp/lycra knit tunic I made when I was recovering from being sick. I was craving sewing but wanted a simple, wearable project. It was also around the time I was putting together this post where I … Continue reading