Articles in Studio

  • Our 2016 goals: an update

    3 months into 2016, we recap some of our goals for the year and how we’re doing.

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  • Why Indies Matter

    Don’t support small businesses because you think you should. Do it for yourself.

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  • How we find those lovely, diverse, & gorgeous models for…

    The first time I saw a model that looked like me in a magazine, it profoundly changed the way I looked at my body. It was the late 90s and I was about 18. I’d never felt at home in my body. Like many women, and especially adolescent women, I had a habit of distilling …

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  • What does a model do?

    image: Monika Jagaciak When you think “model,” who do you imagine? Young? Thin? Tall? Today, these are the characteristics we almost universally associate with fashion models. In a general sense, the word “model” means “a thing or person to be imitated.” Think of the scale models used in architecture, for example. As applied to humans, …

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  • Meet Christine, our new Art Director

    I met Christine by chance in December when my friend Rodellee invited me to a small gathering at her studio. Besides being the proprietress of Camillia Heirloom + Modern, Christine also manages a studio space shared by a number of creative women. She was one of those sweet people whose kindness and creativity just radiates …

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  • Transitions

    I don’t have the usual bundle of links for you today, because we’ve been moving into our new studio all week, giving me zero time to read. Instead, I thought I’d share some photos of the new digs. I thought about waiting until everything was set up and looking good, but it’s a lot more …

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  • How I organize my fabric stash + free downloadable stash…

    You’ve seen how I organize my enormous stash of patterns. But what about fabric? I will admit, my stash is bigger than I’d like it to be. In spite of fabric swaps, donations, and finally getting rid of a lot of the useless leftover scraps I’d been holding onto, I have a lot of fabric. …

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  • How to organize a mountain of sewing patterns with your…

    I used to have a manageable stash of vintage patterns. I’d collected them over many years, and only really bought ones that I absolutely loved. I used nearly all of them, and kept them in four small Ikea boxes, labeled by time period. Life was simple. But when people find out you are in the …

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  • Behind the scenes at our photo shoot (spoiler: I get…

    This photo shoot was a dream come true. For at least a couple years, I’d had a dream of doing a photo shoot in Palm Springs. Not only do I love going there, but it’s the perfect setting when you need to feel like summer in the middle of a soggy and cold Portland winter. …

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  • The Colors of Mexico City + Weekend Links

    As I mentioned earlier this week, Kenn and I were in Mexico City last month. We were thrilled to be able to get there for Dia de Los Muertos, which was breathtaking. The flowers, the colors, the costumes, the ofrendas, the music, the food were all unbelievable. I highly recommend a trip. If you’re on …

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  • A sewing themed holiday season at CPHQ

    We decided to get a tree for the studio this year. But what to use for decorations? It didn’t make sense to go out and buy a lot of ornaments and things when our studio is chock full of pretty trims and doodads. So we decided to decorate a sewing-themed christmas tree with spools of …

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  • How do you kickstart yourself after a holiday?

    We’re back in action after a relaxing Thanksgiving here in the US. I had an amazing time in sunny southern california, and even got to do some fabric shopping with my friend Christine Haynes (more on that later). It’s always a little weird to come back to work in the middle of the week. I …

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  • I love my Bernina… and you can win one soon!

    I’ve owned a lot of sewing machines. Maybe it’s because I’ve moved around a lot (Los Angeles, New York, LA again, all around the SF bay area before settling in Portland), but I never really invested in a great machine until a few years ago. I’ll be honest. Until that time, my sewing machine purchases …

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  • This week

    The weeks before the holidays always seem funny. Everything feels in upheaval as we decompress from the recent launch, start making plans for future projects, and tentatively pick up everything we’d dropped. After a big project or event, do you ever feel strange that you’re NOT going crazy any more? I think this is a …

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  • Behind The Scenes: Gifts For Crafters

    Did I mention how busy we have been the past few months? I’m so excited Walden and Gifts for Crafters are no longer a secret. It means I can share these photos with you! Gifts for Crafters Rachel & Sheli Screen Printing I only helped one day. All of the rest of the Cooper hardware …

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