About & Contact

Credit: Yatabazah / Thanos Samaras

Hello. My name is Lola. And I’m a fabricholic. (Aren’t we all!)

OK, maybe Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) has a bigger fabric hoard than me. But I think I’m not far behind. Certainly far more than I can sew up in this lifetime. I. Just. Could. Not. Part. With. Any. Of. Them. Not. Even. One. In fact, I told hubby if I go first he better bury me with my leftovers. I don’t need no coffin, just wrap me up in my stash – prettiest fabrics first!

I think we can blame NYC for our addiction. I grew up in NYC, so most of my stash is from the luscious fabric stores in the Garment District. Thank goodness then I emigrated across the pond to London many years ago. You see, despite being a world fashion capital, London has no fashion fabric district(s) that compares with NYC. Nor ease of getting cheap & wide variety of sewing gadgets & bits.

I’ve been sewing on & off haphazardly since junior high school. Mostly clothing for myself, motivated by designer fashion that I couldn’t afford, or that doesn’t fit well, or that I still love but can longer find because the trend has passed. I’ve never feel expertly enough to transition from selfish sewing. And sadly although my Mom & Grandma did know how to sew, sewing was seen as something you make a living from when you’re desperate or just to mend clothing, so not something that got passed down to me. I’m mostly self-taught through pattern instructions, books, magazines, & more recently the internet. And I hope by sharing my  fashion sewing & pattern-making experiments with you that you too can teach or motivate yourself to sew & sew better!


4 comments on “About & Contact

  1. Alberta Davidson says:

    Hello Pia,

    Your esquisite work on Inward rotation of the elbow was tremendously helpful – thanks!

    I discovered the 1992 edition of
    “Fitting & Pattern Alteration, A Multi- Method Approach” by authors Elizabeth H. Liechty, Della N. Pottberg, Judith A. Rasband which helped as well, and thought of you in your quest for the perfect fit.

    Happy Tailoring,
    Alberta from Mendocino CA

  2. Celso Soares says:

    Hi Pia, was linked to your blog by a search on Stuart Anderson, that i was trying to know a bit more since came across some of his work on stretch fabric. Because of your blog I know that he’s been working on a book. Brilliant! Cant wait.
    I also tried his leotard pattern and came across some little problems as you did. I will have to tweak in the crotch area or my mannequin will complain it was too tight lol .

    Thanks for the information you share with us all and now I am a big fan. BTW I am also a self thought sewer full of ideas and wanting to grow.

    Celso x

  3. Deborah Jalving says:

    I just discovered your website and I’m hooked! I plan to read every word with sheer delight!

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