Hello. My name is Claudine and I live in New Jersey USA with my husband and children. This blog is all about my sewing projects. I hope you enjoy it.

A couple of commenters have asked about where my skill set comes from. First of all, there is the sheer amount of time I put into developing my skills. I am well past Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours. Like, way past. I also have an extensive library of current and vintage fashion and technical garment making books from all over the world. I spend hours with these books, even though I can’t read the text in many of them because of language barriers. In addition, I have taken classes at FIT and Parsons in New York, and I trained with a teacher from the Royal School of Needlework outside London. I am very fortunate to have the time and resources to develop my skills.

I took this series of classes at FIT: http://www.fitnyc.edu/2960.asp. Kenneth King teaches most if not all of these classes now, but I had a different instructor. These classes really upped my game. Not only did I learn techniques, I also learned how to think in a way that may not be possible to learn without an instructor.

The Royal School of Needlework was amazing because it is one of only 2 schools that I know of where one can acquire professional handwork skills (the other is run by Lesange in Paris). My instructor was really mean and would not let me get away with anything short of perfection.

So yes, I have a very deep skill set. And one that is entirely unmarketable.



  1. Posted June 10, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I read that book about stripes one day at a library and forgot to write down the name. Thank you !!!!!!

  2. Posted June 28, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I just discovered your blog this evening and I LOVE your style not to mention you mad skilz! You’re fantastic!

  3. Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:43 am | Permalink | Reply

    What an inspiring blog~I will definitely come back. As Self Stitched September heats up, I look forward to seeing your work. What fun to meet other stitchers.

  4. Rosie
    Posted August 29, 2010 at 9:04 am | Permalink | Reply

    It was a pleasure to meet you yesterday at the PR meet up. Your skirt is absolutely fabulous!

  5. Gail D.
    Posted October 1, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Claudine, I so admire your talent. The things you turn out are just unbelievably creative and beautiful. If I were just 1/100th as talented as you are, I would count myself fortunate!

    Gail D.

  6. Ay somefun
    Posted May 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I just discovered your blog, I am very interested in being able to sew my clothes; i hope to pick up tips that can help in my self development.

  7. Ay somefun
    Posted May 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Permalink | Reply

    You are super talented; i am very much interested in being able to do just a lil bit of this creative work. I hope I get all the help I need here

  8. Posted May 24, 2012 at 10:20 am | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Claudine,

    Are you still looking for a pleater in the city? I would be interested in a collaboration.


  9. annarounseville
    Posted November 6, 2013 at 11:14 am | Permalink | Reply

    Dear Claudine,
    I followed your link from a discussion board on sewing and Chico’s.
    Just wanted to encourage you that your skills are indeed marketable. There is always going to be people interested in quality. You have skills hard earned and appreciated. :D.
    Are you on Pinterest? The visual nature of your work would be well received there, I feel. Think about it, its Free :D. Here’s what my pinterest page looks like http://www.pinterest.com/annarounseville/boards/
    Be encouraged, and keep creating, the world needs to see more Art :D.
    Sincerely, Anna

  10. Karen Moller
    Posted March 6, 2017 at 3:05 am | Permalink | Reply


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