Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving

My mother is an excellent cook. Every year, I eagerly await Thanksgiving — after my birthday, it is my favorite holiday (and one of a precious few I celebrate). I love my mother’s homemade stuffing, the delicious turkey, our even more delicious Nigerian foods — because what is an American holiday without okra, egusi, fufu, […]

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Enter, Bond Girl (Butterick B6258)

You know how you finish something, and kinda fall in love with it? That’s how I feel about this skirt. :)  Originating from fairly humble origins, it turned into something better than I could have imagined! I wore it to my friend’s semi-dressy James Bond-themed birthday party at a posh Boston hotel bar (like, $400+ […]

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Day 5: The Birthday Dress

Fabulous birthdy dress from McCall's 6744 on Making the Flame. Body positive sewing & style!

Back in my 20s, I had two fantasy birthday scenarios: a romantic and meaningful birthday date, and a giant food-based birthday party with all of my friends. Interestingly, I thought it would take until I was 40 to get all my friends together for my birthday! Instead, I made the dream reality seven years early. […]

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They Call Me Mellow Yellow

Happy Tuesday! No more Bruyère news until Friday, don’t want to oversaturate you with French indie goodness (at least, I’m hoping it turns out to be goodness). Being part of a sewalong, and taking it seriously, means I can’t come home and cry fatigue, I actually have to get work done! So, as long as […]

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She Knows How To Use Them

Aaaaaand, back to our regularly scheduled programming. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_qkkQlVanM] Here’s a skirt I made a few months ago, that I got to wear the handful of times when it was actually hot in Boston this summer. I bought the fabric in New York’s Garment District last year for a friend who was dressing drab — […]

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Punching My Charlee Card

My best friend and I are complete opposites in many ways. One way in which we differ is that she’s pretty much a one and done sort of person — if you come at her with foolishness, she writes you off immediately. Me, I’m all about second (and third, and fourth) chances, which she thinks […]

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