The “Mocha Stripes” Dress

Noelia Sanchez | Week1

Name & Location: Noelia Sanchez, San Francisco, CA

Blog: Studio Urbana (Coming soon!)

How long have you been sewing: I’ve been sewing since I was in high school.  It all started when I decided to make my own prom dress!

Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: For the last few years I’ve been carrying over the same new years resolution, to make more of my own clothes.  Sew Weekly is going to help me stick to this resolution and make my handmade wardrobe a reality!

What do you love most about sewing garments: You know how a great outfit can put a smile on your face? Well for me, knowing I made the outfit puts an even bigger smile on my face and somehow the day’s possibilities are endless. I love that feeling!

What do you hate most about sewing garments: Sometimes my skills are just not good enough to accomplish what I’m trying to do and I spend a lot of time with my seam ripper in hand. I have a love/hate relationship with my seam ripper.

What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: I want to be able to incorporate at least one thing I’ve made into every outfit I wear. I can’t wait to stand in front of my closet and see it filled with my own creations.

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: Taking a multi-family vacation with brother and sisters to celebrate our dad. It seems so impossible with scheduling and financial challenges but we’re committed to trying… Hawaii here we come! **fingers crossed**

What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: I have a bunch but one in particular that has been an inspiration for a number of years is The Hidden Seed.




Noelia’s passion for creating with her hands was inspired by three fabulous crafty role models: her mom, grandma, and great aunt. Some of her fondest childhood memories are of “las comadres” sitting around the kitchen table sharing their latest projects. It wasn’t long before Noelia realized - making things and teaching others how to make things - was her mission in life. She spends most of her time designing in her studio and teaching at her local community center.

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  1. I agree about skills not being good enough yet for certain things. I read so many blogs and sewing books that when it comes to a certain technique I think I’m better at it than I actually am!