Hot! The “Pleased to Meet” You Skirt

Name & Location: Lavender, Somerville, MA


How long have you been sewing: All my life! My mom worked as a seamstress, making everything from technical cycling gear to fashionable maternity wear. I preferred to just hack away at things as a child & teen, and loved incorporating finds from my first summer job at a vintage shop into the mix. It wasn’t until about 5 years ago that I decided to revisit sewing, and this time learn to do so properly. And with patience. Ah, patience… getting there :)

Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: I want to challenge myself to keep consistently creating, but in a thoughtful, purposeful manner. Also, who doesn’t like a theme?! Limitations can be freeing. The ability to opt-in at will is perfect for me.

What do you love most about sewing garments: The process, at least most of it. I love working with my hands and finding a flow. And I also love the ability to create unique garments that suit and fit me, and the pride of a well-finished piece. It really puts a spring in my step.

What do you hate most about sewing garments: The prep work of tracing patterns. Yup, I still do it to save them for future use, but it’s tedious. Hate getting stuck on a fit issue, but that’s motivation to keep working at this craft. We all want clothes that fit better than RTW.

What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: Keep sewing, learning new techniques, and get back to my deviant roots of breaking the rules (now that I know more of them, of course!).

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: Keep steady at my exercise regimen. Read a book per month.

What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: Recycled Fashion, So, Zo…, Oona, Debi, Sunni, delfinelise, aviewintomyworld, farbenfreude, Rhinestones & Telephones, Stouty Sews, Pretty Grievances, just to name a few

Three faves from this year, oldest to newest

my New Favorite dress

holiday sunhat & skirt

Get the Lead Out pencil skirt




Lavender has sewing in her blood. Raised by a working seamstress, she was always surrounded by the craft, but defiant when it came to learning the proper way to do anything. After years of hacking up t-shirts, jeans, vintage finds and selling tie satchels (gasp!) in a local shop, she packed up her machine. A few years ago, she dusted it off, determined to learn the right way 'round a machine & pattern.


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  1. I’m so glad that you’re a contributor this year, Lavender! Can’t wait to see what you do!

  2. Hooray! Lavender! I’ve been blog-stalking you for months now. Excited to have a whole ‘nother place to see your beautiful makes!

  3. Love the pencil skirt! Looks so sharp :)

  4. I love the print on that flowered (“new favorite dress”) dress… The colors are great!