Nothing’s cooler than a black light, especially when you might already be losing your mind for whatever reason, and so I created a collection of zipper masks for just such an occasion. These materials were carefully selected for an awesome neon experience.

You can check out these zipper masks in my Etsy shop. If your heart is set on a design that’s already sold, contact me about a custom order!

 neon zipper mask, made by Julianne

neon zipper mask, made by Julianne

Burning Man is held out in the desert, on a prehistoric lakebed. The ground is covered in a powder-like dust and strong winds off the mountains can create dust storms, possibly leading to whiteout conditions. It’s essential to be prepared and carry some sort of respiratory shield, and there’s nothing more fabulous than a zipper mask!

These masks are sewn by hand, and each one is a unique combination of fabrics. Clearly I love playing with colors, and I love making these!

neon zipper mask, made by Julianne neon zipper mask, made by Julianne neon zipper mask, made by Julianne

neon zipper mask, made by Julianne

neon zipper mask, made by Julianne neon zipper mask, made by Julianne

I created this mask custom for a friend. She’s totally got the personality of a puppy who loves to chase a neon party.

neon zipper mask, made by Julianne

I really love the elements of this mask that don’t glow. It’s positive and negative space, in light!




Lately I’ve been spending time in Monterey, which is a friendly and beautiful town. One of our favorite parts about being on the peninsula is eating at il vecchio (which is actually next door in Pacific Grove). They make their gnocchi fresh daily, and their pesto is just about the most flavorful and nuanced that I’ve ever tasted.

And the point of this is: I made a couple vests for the restaurant. The proprieter and I went shopping at Beverly’s together, and picked out this damask batik quilting cotton, which I think is such a funny combination. I like to imagine that the fabric was dyed with wine.

custom server vest, made by Julianne

custom server vest, made by Julianne


I made one male sample, and one sample for ladies. Besides size, the only difference is a bust dart. Both versions have back ties, lined front panels, facings at the back neck and arms, and buttons.

custom server vest, made by Juliannecustom server vest, made by Julianne These are obviously not my best photographs, because I was in a super hurry to get them shipped before the post office closed (and I made it!).

custom server vest, made by Julianne

In the end, the staff declared the fabric a little “Mississippi Riverboat Gambler” which I totally see, and then they decided to scrap the vests altogether.

I know this project isn’t terribly exciting, but such is the life of a professional seamstress. And now, back to work!




Whoa! Detective Houndstooth nominated me for a blog award, and apparently that’s the only criteria. It’s a typical Nhi move, I swear, she is such a nice lady and I don’t say that lightly. She’s always offering help and extending invitations, but she stops short of Pollyanna. She even brought me a stash of plastic shopping bags from the  Anyhoo: LIEBSTER AWARD!

Liebster Award


So here are Nhi’s silly questions with my silly answers:

1) Serger thread vs sewing thread, who would win in a bare knuckle fight?

A: 6,000 yd for $2? Serger thread FTW! I also wrote a blog post about how I use cone thread on my sewing machine. serger thread rainbow
2) What are you wearing? Geez people. Don’t make that question out to be creepy. It’s a sewing blog for goodness’ sake.

A: a new jersey tank which I just photographed, and my circus shorts, now dingy and covered in paint splatters.

3) If you were a fabric, which fabric would you be?

A: Mystique lycra

4) Which team are you on? Team Pins or Team No Pins?

A: I love yellow quilting pins for all projects.

5) If you were to invent any sewing notion, machine, accessory etc, what would it be? Yes, all your answers will be property of Detective Houndstooth and I will not share the millions I’ll be making from your my ideas.

6)Which sewing “rule”(s) do you enjoy breaking the most?

A: I rarely grade seams, and have only recently began with muslins.

7) Which takes you longer sewing an item or blogging about that sewn item?

A: Definitely blogging, because it requires me getting gussied up, the right lighting, and either an available tripod or a willing husband.

8) How many times have you sewn a sleeve into a neckline? Common be honest, we’re all friends here.

A: Never! But when I’m sewing a button-down shirt I often sew the front pieces on backwards, so that the plackets would be at the side seams.

9) If you were to come up with a fictitious sewing pattern line that would be nominated for “Most Likely to Fail”, what would it be? Ex. Hats patterns for your cactus.

A: It would be useless household items have faces embroidered on it.

10) Truth or Myth: Stashes multiply like Gremlins if you get water on them?
A: That’s whiskey you’re thinking of.


My Questions:

1) What do you think is just a crazy thing to sew yourself?

2) What craft technique do you struggle with?

3) If budget and practicality weren’t an issue, what would you most like to make?

4) Do you detest any sewing techniques?

5) What tool was the biggest dud?

6) How has the reality of sewing related to your expectations?



Nhi nominated all our local sewing friends, so I’ve had to dig deep in my blog collection.

1) Having Horns

2) Lisa at Small Things

3) Hannah at Knick Knacks and Rick Rack

4) Aline at Lazy Linchen

5) Caroline at Tiger Feet

6) Beastwares




If I’m going to navel gaze, at least I’ll do it in style.

Living in Los Angeles has been hard for me. Although I’ve made a few new friends here, and my sewing business has slowly but steadily grown, and the weather is almost always delightful, and can we talk about the avocados… I miss my home. Every day I think about New Orleans and wish I could be there. Without indulging in too much trendy self-diagnosis, I do think I’ve been dealing with some mild depression for a while now. And if I haven’t had a legitimate mood disorder, my underwear certainly has. We’re both trying to crawl out of it!

happy panties, made by Julianne

These panties replace my black set from 2010. Those were good undies, and have lasted me for four years, but they are starting to get threadbare! I’ve made a few supplemental panties since 2010, but this is my first bulk addition since the original post.

All the fabrics were from my stash, and most of the laces were bought new. Apparently I’ve run through my hoard of lingerie elastic! It feels good.

happy panties, made by Julianne  Remnant from leggings.happy panties, made by Julianne

Tiny scrap from un-blogged shirt.

happy panties, made by Julianne Remnant from this shirthappy panties, made by Julianne

Fabric from tiger leggings.

I do also have a couple pairs of plain tan panties to be worn with light unlined dresses. When I was buying elastic for them, Nhi scoffed at my boring selection (I think she may have even been slightly offended). But there can’t be a party in my pants all the time!happy panties, made by Julianne happy panties, made by Julianne happy panties, made by Julianne

happy panties, made by Julianne

They’ve got a higher rise than bikini cut normally would, and that’s how I like it nowadays. The wide elastic keeps them up, and hides my butt crack. Granted, sometimes the lace peeks out from my lower-rise pants. But you know how people layer shirts, and let a camisole peek through? Why can’t I do that with these? I’m not walking around with a crop top and butt cleavage, but I’m also not worried about people getting occasional peeks at the top of my lingerie lace. High fashion or low standards?

happy panties, made by Julianne

happy panties, made by Julianne

I’ve always had a weakness for brass animals, especially if they are fixtures.

Although this is my website, I don’t really like to talk about my personal stuff. It’s not so much about privacy as it is about resisting self-indulgence, or maybe avoiding self-reflection. This post is an exception, because I was feeling introspective when I started writing (3 weeks before I finished writing), and I am trying to be more proactive about my life in general. I guess that means my underwear drawer is a metaphor?




As soon I saw these orange and fuchsia skeins of yarn, I knew they were destined for greatness and friendship. Coordinating socks, one pair for me, and the other for my truly lovely friend Gigi. Gigi and I once had coordinating purple pants, bought at H&M when we were living in rural France, so there is a precedent for these socks. The fuchsia pair is for my friend, and the orange pair is for me.

worsted weight socks, made by Julianne

Here are Gigi’s footsies:

friendship socks, made by Julianne

And mine:

friendship socks, made by Julianne

Oh dear, they really do look tight. Perhaps I should re-knit the heel, working 3-4 rounds before starting the decreases.

These are my first worsted weight socks, which are obviously much faster than fingering weight! I used Cascade 220 superwash, one ball of each color to make both socks (and the tiniest bit left over). Cascade was easy to work with, the colors are deliciously vibrant, and affordable at $12 each, but there were about 4 snags in each skein.

Once again I used Liat Gatt’s tutorial for socks, but these socks were knit two at a time. I really loved this technique, and will be using it for all socks from now on! I remembered this tip on keeping simultaneous balls from getting tangled, which I added onto by lining the yarn opening with painter’s tape (this let the yarn slide smoothly across the zipper lip).

I tried short row heel, but after three attempts and increasing frustration I returned to the afterthought heel. My main reason for avoiding afterthought in the first place was Kitchener grafting. This stitch gets a lot of grief, and I’d struggled with it before. With a sigh, I threaded my tapestry needle and prepared for 20 minutes of annoyance. And then… I remembered all the steps without looking up a tutorial, and it turned out perfect. Kitchener and I are friends now.

worsted weight socks, made by Julianne

So it looks like afterthought heels will be my go-to, as I simply love the contrasting heels. I still need to perfect my corners, but that will be an easy adjustment. Also, I think I should have created a wider opening for the heel (I did 5/9 opening, a little less than 2/3). Next time!

The twisted ribbing is knit 1 through the back loop, purl 1, which creates a very neat ribbing. I bound off with Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off, because it’s easy and works great, and I really don’t care about binding off in the rib pattern.

worsted weight socks, made by Julianne

Gigi has tiny feet, so I hope these will fit! And they were only a few days late for her birthday.

worsted weight socks, made by Julianne

Any readers have any tips or preferences for heels they’d like to share?

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