Welcome to my blog, I’m so glad you’re here. Just in case you were wondering, my name is pronounced “sun – eye”. If you, like me, are obsessed with all things design, craft, illustration and diy fashion, you might enjoy what I’m doing here on this li’l space.

A little (or perhaps more than you ever wanted to know) about my background…

I studied Communications, Business and Education at UCLA and once propelled into the real world, I didn’t know what to do. I started out as an administrative assistant (quickly promoted to Account Executive – an elusive title that still didn’t mask the fact that I was making copies for a living) at a glamorous marketing company right out of college. After a year, I decided spending hours coming up with marketing taglines wasn’t my cup of tea, and went to Japan to teach English via the JET program. It was one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life and arguably one of the most magical (next to having a child).

After two years of teaching, I went back to UCLA for a graduate degree in Educational Counseling. And this is where my nomadic career starts because it turns out that I didn’t really want to do educational counseling. I have been a graphic designer, a manager of international programs, a director of operations for a theater company, a production associate for the Pottery Barn catalog, a dispatcher for a neighborhood watch, an artist/manager for a handmade gift ware company. Most recently I’ve worked for companies like Corbis and Microsoft in “Creative Services”, predominantly as a project manager for digital media. For a few sleep-deprived years as a new mother, I did some freelance illustration specializing in girly, fashion-y and children’s illustration. I even had a couple of art shows to boot.

My first children’s book, Little Kunoichi, The Ninja Girl, was released in May 2015, and I’m currently working on a sewing book that will be published in Spring of 2016.

I live in Seattle, and I have a wonderful husband and fabulous little girl (“K” will pop up a lot around here), and they are my everything.

This blog is my attempt at trying all the things that feel right and being open to surprises. I hope you’ll join me as I bumble through…

Want to know more? Or work with me? Let’s talk! Email me: sanaeishida13ATgmail.com


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  1. Oh how I love everything you do! I am so pleased to have discovered your blog :) all thanks to the sweet comments you left on mine. See you around the web!

  2. I’ve been following your amazing taste on Pinterest and just found the website – it’s beautiful, adding it to my reader.

  3. Hi Sanae! I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. I hope you like that :-) You can read more about the Award here. an

  4. Clover on March 5, 2013 at 10:09 pm said:

    Hi, I don’t see that you have email so I will leave my question here. I am visiting a friend in Seattle in May and have a day to fabric shop. Please tell me your suggestions. Mainly for apparel fabric vs just quilting cotton. Thank you.

  5. Hurray for blog sharing and guest posting! Just found your blog via the handmade kids clothes swap and I’m so pleased I did. I am fairly new to sewing and very new to blogging, but am sure I will get some great inspiration from you.

  6. annemiek on May 6, 2013 at 12:07 pm said:

    Hi, just found your website through the Belgian style challenge, and just love your designs! You might consider adding the functionality to follow your blog by email, as I would love to be able to!

  7. Kristi Andres on May 13, 2013 at 9:07 am said:

    I want to echo Clover’s comment. I will be in Seattle for a day to shop in May as well and am wondering if there are some good shops for apparel fabric, specifically knit. I’ve just started buying it off the internet, but it’s hard not to be able to feel the fabric. I’m from Bellingham and all we have here is a JoAnn’s and thrift shops.

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  9. Hello, how lovely at last after loving your pinterest pins for so long, to realise you have a blog – a sewing and illustration blog even. Just yesterday I photographed my first sewing post, in, at a guess, five years. And here I am at your wonderful blog today. I think we are going to be friends :)

    • Thank you, Charlotte! Your photography is exquisite and I’ve been following you on Pinterest too. Yes, Ithink we are going to be friends indeed :-)

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  11. Kristi Andres on October 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm said:

    Random question. I made a dolman top (my own pattern) with long sleeves after your batwing top post. I cut the sleeves at short sleeve length and then finished them to long sleeve with a trapezoid shape (so it would be tighter at the wrist). I have seen shirts like this in the stores. Do you know if there’s a name for the style/thing I did. I feel like I’ve heard one before but can’t remember it. Thanks!

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  13. Really do enjoy reading your blog! I see so many beautiful things. I especially love all your fabric choices and sewing for you :) I am so in love with Japanese sewing patterns :)
    Best, Lisa

    • sanae on March 6, 2014 at 7:18 pm said:

      Thanks Lisa! I can’t tell you how obsessed I am with Japanese patterns. The fit is so fantastic (at least for my daughter) and I’m slowly trying to make them work for my body too :-)

  14. Linda Rees on May 24, 2014 at 2:22 pm said:

    Hello Sanae! Lightning McStitch from Oliver+s forum suggested I ask you about my query (please see below), so hope you can advise me. I live in Wales, UK, by the way. Nice to “meet” you! am now going to have a good read of your blog and look at your Pinterest board- I am addicted to Pinterest. Thank you.

    Hello sewers, wondering if any of you have any of the books I’ve listed below? I have seen them on Amazon and they either have the basic patterns included or simple directions for cutting out a pattern etc. I think they are all in the English language. I really fancy idea of unstructured, comfortable clothes and have about 3-4 clothing items already in this style (called lagenlook, maybe?) which were ridiculously expensive. However, several reviews say they make up quite small and may not suit women with breasts (!!!) I am about 5 foot 2″, weigh about 9st 10lbs. I don’t have much of a waist and my bra size is about a 34 EE or F cup. I don’t have a large bottom or hips but I do have a bit of a belly after having four children and not enough exercise! I have no experience of pattern alterations and not sure that I want to! If you have used any of these books, could you give me your valued opinions, please? Thank you, Linda

    Knitting1 link · posted 11 hours ago
    Oops! Forgot to list books- here they are:
    • Stylish dress book – Wear with Freedom by Yoshiko Tsukiori
    • Stylish dress book- Smocks, dresses and tops by Yoshiko Tsukiori
    • Stylish dress book – Clothing for Everyday Wear by Yoshiko Tsukiori
    • Feminine wardrobe by Jinko Matsumoto
    •Simple Modern Sewing- 8 basic patterns to create 25 favourite garments by Shufu To Seikatsou

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  16. Oh my gosh. You love grey as much as I do! I love your blog!

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