about me

flap pocket skirt for vintage may

hi! my name is kristin. i am the mother of three little ones, and i love to sew.

my mom sewed a lot and taught me the basics when i was growing up. i sewed my bedroom curtains and an unsuccessful skirt in middle school, and that was it for a while. then my husband gave me a sewing machine for mother’s day 2009, and i started sewing for my daughter that summer. i was quickly hooked, and started a flickr page to keep track of my creations, because i realized i ended up giving a lot of things away. i started blogging officially on this site in march 2011.

i consider myself mostly self-taught from books, independent patterns, and free online tutorials, but am so grateful to my mom for sewing for my sisters and i when we were little, so sewing was familiar to me even when i first started. i love picking fabric combinations and seeing them come to life. i think of sewing as creating usable art.

sometimes i also knit…i’m learning.

i work an office job 3-4 days a week. i usually sew (and blog) during naptimes or after the kids are in bed at night.


  • my sewing machine was a Brother CS6000i until i sewed it into the ground after 4 years (great beginner machine, though!)
  • i now sew on a Bernina 380 and it blows my mind
  • my serger is a Brother 1034D

i can be reached at skirtastop(at)gmail(dot)com

skirt as top

thanks for visiting my blog!

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15 thoughts on “about me

  1. Addie Case says:

    I had NO idea that you are this creative! How fun! I too love to be creative… not sure how you have the time!!! Keep me posted on things! Now that we live closer we will have to get the kids together! My boys would LOVE it!! WE just went to the coolest antique and craft show this last weekend in Spokane!! So, now my creative juices are FLOWING and I want to do more!!! Fun Fun! Keep it up! Love the blog!!! Addie

    • kristin says:

      thanks, addie! so glad you visited! we should definitely talk about getting our little ones together soon. if you end up starting a blog for your projects be sure to let me know! i’d love to see your creations.

      ps – i don’t watch much TV anymore, i am way behind on laundry, and i stay up way too late. that’s where i find the time. ha!

  2. Martha says:

    I just found your blog:) Love it ! I sew for my grandchildren, three under three, and have only been sewing for a year. I taught myself thru blogs and google! So your blog is an inspiration to keep on even when some projects end up wonky:) I love looking around the web for ideas, so added your blog to my list. Thanks for sharing:) Martha

  3. Nicole says:

    Oh I’ve just started a blog about my sewing adventures and have bookmarked a few blogs which were recommended to me and your posts are currently some of my favourites to read! I thought I’d check out your about me section and saw you are from Portland, I grew up in Eugene and moved to Portland for a few years before moving to England. I am noticing some many creatives from the North West, I guess the rainy weather and beautiful landscape inspire 🙂 Just thought I’d say hello and let you know I’m loving your blog and you’ve inspired me to try knot shorts this week. – Nicole

  4. Shanna says:

    I’ve come across your blog before but I’m just now subscribing. I had a little chuckle because we have the same sewing machine and the same serger! Awesome. And I can relate to your experience with your mom teaching you to sew. It seemed pretty insignificant back then, but when I got my own machine about a 18 months ago I was surprised how much came back to me. We’re practically twins! (except you’re way more talented). 🙂

  5. kady says:

    I found a beautiful dress on google that’s teal and yellow which are going to be my wedding colors and it would be the perfect dress for my daughter as the flower girl! Please let me know how I could get one!

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