Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals. I'm a recovering former vegan and vegetarian, now healing with a nutrient-dense mostly Paleo diet, and love at-home CrossFit and yoga workouts. I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!

New mom to baby Otto born April 2018!


Have a question?  Someone may have had it before you...


Q: How did you learn to sew?
I learned to sew starting when I was about 5, from my mom. She has a business making historic clothing, like for museums and reenactors, but also made me clothes and things for the house, and taught me with simple projects and hand-sewing. When I was 16 or 17 I started actually making and designing cute summer dresses for myself, and it sort of stuck! So I learned to sew gradually, "at my mother's knee" and under her supervision until I was able and inspired to do things on my own. But it's never late to start!! It can be really fun if you're excited about the projects you're doing, and you can absolutely do it! Check out common questions I've received from readers in my Sewing Circle feature here.

Q: Do work in a sewing-related field?
Nope, I have a lot of diverse interests! I work in a pretty technical job--although it is in the field I went to school for, and have two master's degrees in.  Someday I might like to do something more creative or related to this blog, but for now I'm sticking with the 40 hour/week stability, and I love coming home and doing fun things like blogging and sewing!

Q: Do you ever make things for other people?
Only for friends and family.  I can't make you something for a fee, sorry!  It just doesn't pencil out for me to make a fair rate and buy the materials, plus I don't have time or room!  While I'm not set up for it, lots of others are.  I recommend you look around on Etsy for custom sewers.  I did a post here with some recommendations.

Q: I really want to make something I saw in a store/online/in a movie. How do I ask a Sewing Circle question?
I try to answer your Sewing Circle dilemmas!  Basically, you send me an email or write on Facebook with your question, then I write back with my thoughts and, generally, a long list of patterns that might work. Sometimes I write up a post about it and share it as a Sewing Circle piece, and other readers chip in their ideas! It's great to get lots of folks' thoughts, because often they've seen something else that works great! Note that it sometimes takes me up a few weeks to get back to you if I'm swamped, so no last-minute projects, please!

**Before you write me your question, please do a little research yourself.  I start out by perusing SimplicityVogue, the other big pattern companies, as well as great smaller ones like Colette. I also check BurdaStylePlease look around there yourself, if you have the sewing knowledge to know what kind of pattern you're looking for, before emailing me--you never know, the perfect pattern could be staring you in the face if you just look for it!

Food and Health:

Q: You've mentioned you eat a limited diet.  What is it?
I was vegetarian for 13 years, and mostly raw vegan for the last three. Now I eat an "upgraded Paleo" diet--lots of veggies, grassfed meat and butter, eggs, nuts, and almost no fruit or sugar. And definitely no grains or legumes. It's crazy but I LOVE it and feel awesome! I posted about it here.
I eat an about 80-90% raw vegan diet. I know, it sounds weird, but I'm sooo happy with it and it makes me feel really good. I did a long post about it here (and have had some awesome comments from you all on it, as well!). I sometimes share recipes and food thoughts that work for my grain-free, dairy-free, meatless, largely raw diet, so check those out, too.


Q: Didn't this blog used to be called Adventures in Dressmaking?
A: Yes! Thanks for checking back. I blogged at Adventures in Dressmaking (this blog, the old URL) from October 2009 through July 2014. You can read about the change in name and direction here.

Q: Can I post your tutorial or project on my blog? 
Yes, but please follow these guidelines: You can post one photo of my finished project with a link to my original blog post. You are of course welcome to pin my photos on Pinterest, but also please use the original post link.

Please DO NOT post the entire content of any blog post, tutorial, step-by-step photos, or written instructions without written permission. Create/Enjoy is protected by copyright laws.

Q: What's your sponsor policy? 
I do accept sponsors for the sidebar ads on the right. I only take sponsors whose work and products I support, and I am so happy that I get to promote small business owners and independent sellers like the folks I have--I love getting to spread the word about shops and artists I love! Their presence on my blog also makes it more vibrant and interesting, adding to the amazing community of crafty and talented people in the blog world. Not only that, my relationships with many of my sponsors have become very meaningful, and I love how we have come to support each other throughout the online world. I’m so grateful to have been able to find these blog world friends! I also participate in affiliate and media networks relevant to my topic area.

If you are interested in sponsoring, you can buy an ad here through my Passionfruit shop and I'll approve your button if I think you're a good fit for my readers. If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email and I can send you my ad card with stats and policies! =)

Q: What's your product review policy?
I occasionally do product reviews if it's for a product I believe in and think my followers would be interested in.  It's a great way for me to try out new things before I suggest to readers that they buy them, and I love doing product reviews for things people commonly buy online.  I will always say in the post that I've been sponsored to review the item. Depending on the situation, I often can only do product reviews for sidebar sponsors, but email me and let me know what you're thinking. You can see my disclosure policy below.

Disclosure policy:
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  1. Hi! I wasn't sure where to leave this comment...but I've been following your blog for a few weeks via email only (and just started following via google friend connect today!) but I wanted to say...I usually read blogs via email and I don't know if you have yours set so that only a part of the post comes through...but that's how it's been showing up and usually it's just annoying so I don't take the time to come check out the rest of the post....and I didn't realize until now how much I was missing out on. I'd be a whole lot more likely to come over and comment more if I was able to read the full post in email...just a thought. I know some people like to use that setting so that the readers actually go to the site, but I thought I would mention it anyway!

    Love your blog btw!

    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

    1. Thanks for reading, Helen, and thanks for your comment! I have a hard time knowing what to do about my email feed. I do have it set to only show a few lines, and I found that when I let the whole thing come across, way fewer people come to and engage with my blog. I think maybe I'll switch back and forth every once in a while, but I really hope you'll make the click to visit the full blog and see what else is going on here!

      Thanks again for reading and your thoughtful comment.

  2. Is a pattern for this dress available for free ?

    1. The first two are Simplicity patterns, the next is one I made up using a basic McCall's. So nope, they are commercial patterns.

  3. what type of machine do you use?

    1. Hi there! I'm currently using a BERNINA 350, which BERNINA USA lent me to use for my book. I also have a vintage Viking Husqvarna. I have a post about how to buy a machine here!

  4. What is the source for the clear pegboards in your sewing room.

    1. Amazon! This one:

      Also linked in this post:



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