This is not a blog about doll making. It’s a blog about two life long friends who like to sew and briefly contemplated starting a band in middle school called ‘Porcelain Dolls’. There wasn’t actually any music involved with this band, just an embarrassing photo shoot for our album cover where we dressed up and tried to look edgy. And yes, there are still embarrassing photos from our ‘album cover’ floating around. No, hopefully they will not be posted here. So we figured what better name for a blog than to show how ridiculous we were. Because obviously we are completely grown up and dignified now!
I’m a work from home mom of two young children who got into sewing with a bit more intensity after my daughter turned one and I was coming out of the post-birth haze. I had done projects on and off as a child (my mom sewed clothes for me when I was young) and in the one year of sewing class we had in middle school but it never really took hold. I also have been knitting on and off for the last 10 years and am an amateur spinner and overall fiber nerd. I am really interested in the sustainability aspect of making.
Shortly after I was married about 5 years ago, I felt the desire to start sewing again and bought a very basic sewing machine (Janome My Style 100) after the repair shop was not able to fix the old Kenmore I had inherited from my mother. I’ve done some basic quilting and garment sewing for my children mostly and have big plans about things I would like to make for myself. Since I am an ‘obliger’ as Gretchen Rubin would say, part of the reason for this blog is to try to keep myself accountable for all the ‘selfish sewing’ projects I want to make for my own wardrobe. Online classes like Creativebug and Craftsy have been a game changer for me as I have been able to learn new things from great teachers since budget and time (two young children) do not currently allow me to attend in-person classes and the internet is also a wealth of sewing information. I also like to listen to a few sewing related podcasts such as ‘Love to Sew’ and ‘Sewing Out Loud’.
I’ve been sewing for as long as I can remember, taught by my mom. My interest was further peaked in middle school Home Ec, where I was appointed “sewing fairy” in 8th grade and tasked to help kids finish projects as needed. I even picked my sewing teacher as my National Honors Society guest in high school, guess that should have told me something about my future!
Currently i love with my hubby, 2 kiddos, and old man English Bulldog. I work per diem as a physical therapist in a Boston area hospital so I can stay home with my 3 and 6 year old, as well as run Little Pink Pamplemousse, making custom children’s clothing. I love the look of classic, slightly vintage style clothes on kids, but keep it updated with modern prints. It’s a work in progress, but really fulfills my creative side and I love that I get to be a lasting part of so many important memories for families by creating beautiful garments (birthdays, weddings, family photos). Through this adventure over the last 2 years, I’ve been introduced to the world of PDF patterns and have been fortunate to have been a pattern tester for some amazing companies, featured in a magazine, been a tester for part of a Project Run & Play designer collection and Jessica Swift’s LUGU fabric blog tour.