Ikat Skirt with Pockets

I bought this ikat fabric from the bargain bin at favorite fabric store back in San Diego. I probably made this skirt back in high school or early college, and it’s still one of my favorites. It’s comfortable (yay for elastic waistbands!) and adds some interest when worn with basic tops. Sewing Pattern: Simplicity 2258 |…

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Denim Midi Skirt

Constructing clothes using my own sewing patterns is really a problem-solving exercise. I don’t always love to do it (especially when Butterick and Simplicity patterns make the sewing process much simpler) but it really is rewarding to figure out how to turn flat pieces of fabric into a 3D garment. The most challenging part is figuring out how to…

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Sleeveless Knit Tee

I created this tee from the original base pattern I recently drafted. I wanted a versatile knit top that I could wear with jeans or a skirt. I love pairing basic, casual pieces with dressier items for fancier occasions (comfort is everything!) Whenever I buy tees from the store, the hem usually stops way below my hips because…

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Striped Top

When I first started sewing my own clothes I used to go crazy with notions and trimmings – contrasting ric rac tape, crazy buttons – but I never ended up wearing the things I made. When unworn sewn garments started piling up I decided to shift my focus to making quality pieces I’d actually wear…

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The Long Story

The Long “About Me”  When I think about what Petite Stylebook is for me, it’s about creativity, growth and authenticity. At a time when I feel so much pressure to “brand myself” professionally, I want to come here and be free to write and create anything. I want talk about style, beauty, design, faith, sewing, crafting…

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