Hot! xoJane, Sassy & Me

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In my other life, I've had the chance to be part of xoJane, the just-launched online presence of Jane Pratt & friends. Like many women my age, Jane Pratt & Sassy magazine played a huge role in my formative teenage years — the magazine was all about personal voice long before blogging was even a glimmer in some nerd's eye. As a nerdy outcast  myself, having a magazine like Sassy was quite the motivator to continue being who I wanted to be and not what YM wanted me to be.

When the company I founded, Six Apart, (and then SAY) began working with Jane on this new project, I was estatic to work with her and help shape the site. 

And because Sassy was all about DIY before DIY was something worth talking about, it shouldn't come as any surprise that writing about xoJane here on Sew Weekly makes complete sense.

Here's a page from Sassy that totally stands out in my memory and, I believe, should be the inspiration for an upcoming weekly challenge. The Sassy pillowcase dress!


As part of being involved with xoJane, I've had a chance to do a little bit of writing. Because my audience tends to be a bit different, I tend to tone down my humor a bit for The Sew Weekly. Here are two pieces from xoJane that are a little bit more twisted:

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I'll Try Anything Once: My Jeans from 1993 in which I wear a pair of my (badly) embroidered jeans from 1993 around town for a day.

image from Dealbreaker Underwear — What Does it Take to Really Turn Him Off? in which, with the help of my husband, talk about what it would take to creep a guy out enough to not want to have sex.

So congratulations, Jane, Sippey, Say Media & friends on the launch!




Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Big Sassy fan! Let me know if there’s a way I can participate! (Also, I will go hunt for a pillowcase now.)

  2. Oh man, I big puffy heart Sassy and I totally made the pillowcase dress when I was in high school.

  3. OH MY GOD the underwear post is hilarious. just… alf.

  4. OH wow, the underwear article had me spitting out my tea! I can’t believe ALF was doable! And the jeans article, you are a brave girl to go out like that.
    I was also a huge sassy fan. I remember my first sewing project (turn a turtleneck into a ballet neck shirt!)was from Sassy.

  5. I am still laughing over the underwear post :)
    Too funny :) Can the pillowcase dress be a pillowcase top for the challenge? I don’t think I can pull off the dress any more ;)

  6. Wow. This is awesome news! There has been a Jane Pratt-sized hole in my life for years. Now she’s coming back and one of my fave bloggers is involved! Woo-hoo! Congrats, Mena!

  7. Very fun, I think you should use more of your humor here too!

  8. Haha, my favorite is the jeans one! I was obsessed with The Beatles as a teen in the ’90s too. Hey, it’s way better than my sister’s “teen in the ’90s” obsession – the Backstreet Boys. Ouch! She tries to play that one down. The Beatles are classic ;)

  9. I’d never heard of Sassy until I saw Tavi’s (Style Rookie) presentation on IdeaCity. (Born in ’86 and Australian, so I guess I’m a little behind the times). Since then, I’ve always kept my little eye out for Sassy things! By the way I loved your other writing pieces. Bring on the humour! x

  10. OMG! I also had jeans with Beatles stuff *handwritten* on them (like, with the red and black pen). I was 14 and totally into flower power!
    I’m Spanish but I went to the US in 1993 and I had the chance to discover Sassy. For some weird reason, I still remember the article of Michael Stipe about recycling. Sometimes I have intense 90’s nostalgia *sigh*

  11. I love the jeans article! I’ll be showing it to my mom later, and I’m sure she’ll get a kick out of it too!

  12. I love the xoJane Mena – don’t tone down the humour for us! ;) I just spent way too much time at work looking through the site.
    I was a bit old for Sassy in the ’90s, but my roommate at the time was a bit of a magazine addict and she used to bring it home. (I think I have a photo of me reading Sassy somewhere that I will have to dig out.) I remember an article that explained the war in the Balkans… didn’t see *that* in 17 magazine, did we?

  13. Just read the jeans article, love love love it! Bring us that humor to Sew Weekly please..hilarious