i made a thing

i made a thing
blazer styling

i made a thing

“I made a thing,” that’s what my friend, an inveterate “maker” says when, well, she’s made a thing. I have not yet made a thing, but I’m well on my way, and I’m so excited that I just have to show you the “makings” of the thing.

I sat down at my brand new Singer sewing machine, for the first time, the other day, and I was instantly “bonded” to it and to the process of sewing.

At first, I approached the whole undertaking very warily, like a cat approaching a mouse she wasn’t sure was still alive. I tentatively stretched out my paw, and poked the machine to check and see if it had any life in it. I sat down, started, and bam, I sewed my first seam! I’m hooked.

I can’t remember the last time I’ve felt such satisfaction. 

Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised, I come from a line of tailors and sewers, but who ever knows what we might like to do 30 years later? And that’s about how long it’s been since I last touched a sewing machine.

I will of course show you the finished thing when it’s done, but for now, can anyone guess what I might have planned for this pile of stuff?

blazer look #2

I’m continuing with my project to style a thrifted blazer 101 ways. The first way was au naturel. Here, all I did was add leggings and a wide belt. This Rachel Comey belt was a gift to myself for Christmas.

It cost more than I care to mention,

or think about, but it’s an example of my renewed pledge to go for quality over quantity in all things.

I’ll have this belt forever, I can wear it with anything (for New Year’s Eve I wore it with a sequin dress), and it’ll always feel right.


Ippolita Ferrari, I had forgotten how much I like her things and then she showed up in a friend’s shop. A New York based ceramicist, Ferrari also makes larger pieces. But being the magpie I am, I’m partial to the jewelry. 

I like the old, Italian, mythic nature of her eyes and snakes. They’re designs we never get tired of. See Ferrari’s Instagram here.


“As long as fashion is primarily discussed as something to buy, something to shop, the possibilities will remain very constrained. We’ll still only be in the realm of something less damaging, less bad, rather than creating a completely new system founded on sustainment.”

Timo Rassanen




  • Pamela K says:

    I love the belt over the jacket, and please tell us more about any sewing projects. I also have been considering buying a small sewing machine, in spite of not having touched one in many years.

  • Haralee says:

    2 years ago I started sewing again after a lapse of 40 years. I bought myself a new sewing machine as the Singer I was using that I bought with babysitting money just was not doing all the tricks a new machine could do with ease. It has been love and relaxation ever since. When I turn on the new machine the sound just gives me a good feeling! Happy Stitches to you.

  • Allie says:

    I am so excited to see your thing! Nothing makes me happier than seeing the joy people get from making things.

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