The 1940s Seamstress

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The Tailor’s Toolbox

Once you’ve been sewing for a while, you’ll come across more and more specialty techniques and garments. There are a million ways to handle these and make them look professional, and there’s a gidget or gadget for each one, too. A lot of these tools are kind of stupid, or overpriced, or redundant, but someContinue reading “The Tailor’s Toolbox”


Kintsugi is a traditional Japanese art form (and philosophy) that involves repairing things with gold. It started with fixing broken ceramics with gold-colored lacquer, but it became a broader worldview that embraces the beauty in broken things. Since much of the day-to-day sewing I do is mending, I figured I could easily mend my thingsContinue reading “Kintsugi”

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