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February 5, 2016

My little ladybug needed a robe, so I cut down this fuzzy pink polka dot number into her size.  I cinched in the back at the neck, cut apart the side seams and arms, pinned it to her size, and serged the new seams.




~Rebekah Marks

February 2, 2016

Fixing the problem of itchy wool at the neck and in the sleeves with a soft jersey knit (hand-sewn to avoid visible stitches):


Adding an interior pocket, also hand-sewn:


With a matching hat!



~Rebekah Marks

January 29, 2016


I used to keep every thread I owned in an old Whitman’s Sampler box about the size of a cigar box. 


Fast forward a few years, and a few hundred spools, and I’ve definitely outgrown the Whitman’s chocolate box.  I needed something to keep each bobbin with the right spo...

January 22, 2016

This is totally off the sewing subject today, but I’d like to share a special recipe for:

Mom Coffee.


1.       Make a tantalizing, aromatic pot of coffee, and pour a cup.  It’s too hot, so let it sit

          for a minute—a mom minute....

December 15, 2015

Sewing and alterations are piling up.  I had five projects to work on yesterday, but I got none of those done... or even started.

You know what happened?  We had a great family day, punctuated with sickness on the carpet and broken glass… several times each.  We cleaned...

October 30, 2015

Being a mom and homemaker is hard work!  Add a small business onto that…  How do I keep my sanity?!




I start each day the night before by setting out clothes (my children choose their own), making lunches, and tidying the house – a whole-family job.


I get...

October 20, 2015


There are only two main requirements for starting an alterations business:


Number 1: (and it’s number one for a reason!) is a LOVE of making clothes fit clients.  Without this motivation, you’ll make yourself miserable and your clients will see through any fake excite...

October 13, 2015

Rolled hems account for 75% of the hems I sew.  They look scary if you’re not familiar with how to do them, but they really are easy if you follow these steps:


1.       For my hem foot, I allow a 5/8” seam allowance – give or take.  I don’t take exact measurements for...

October 9, 2015

A zipper is easy to operate, right?


Well... there really is a correct way to do it, in order to keep the teeth from being stressed and/or breaking, which is the main cause of the zipper replacements that I do. 


Ready for it?


Go to the top of the zipper and fasten the h...

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