i feel GOOD!

every day i see people posting things they claim are exciting. i’m sure i’m guilty as well. i do get excited about little things: first blooms in the Spring, classes i’m teaching, projects i’m making, learning to play ukulele. but today, i have something truly EXCITING to share, on a worthier level than usual. at least to me. and hopefully, to you too!

as you know, i make and sell small-batch clothes, mostly smock dresses and leggings, over in my Etsy shop. each piece has always been made by me in my home studio. in many ways i love this. but in many ways, this has always been a challenge and limitation on my business. i’m not going to dwell right now on the difficulties of one-person production, because i’m too eager to get to the GOOD stuff:

what you see in the pics above is Good Clothing Company. i have been looking for them for about 15 years. they didn’t exist though, until one year ago. i am so happy to have found them! the brains behind the operation is Kathryn Hilderbrand, a forward-thinking designer, master tailor, and entrepreneur. she is bringing back ethical, sustainable garment manufacturing to New England. she is — together with Tim Gunn — working to legalize hemp, both as a crop and a textile, in the state of Massachusetts (and beyond). i really don’t know how Kathryn does all that she does, but she’s my new hero!

i have been working with Kathryn and her wonderful staff for about 6 months now, to produce my long-standing staple, the smock dress. there is the short-sleeved smock with the lower, more open “summer yoke” neckline, and the long-sleeved smock with the slightly higher “winter yoke”. each style comes in two sizes: the classic one-size-fits-a-wide-range which until now has been the only size i make (unless custom made for someone), and a larger size (see details in the listings). currently i’m offering them in one of my all-time favorite fabrics, natural undyed linen.














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this has been a long time coming, and it feels so good to finally be here! both short- and long-sleeved styles are now in stock and ready to ship!







  1. I read up on Kathryn last night (aloud, to my family) and indeed this is really exciting news. Tom is from Fall River, so extra exciting for us. And you in the mix too, so this is ultra exciting for us! Congratulations!

  2. How exciting for you. This is surely a win all around, for hand made, for local, for sustainable business with integrity. Woohoo!!!

  3. one day we — of the smock-loving world — will have to form our own country!

  4. thanks ellen! isn’t she amazing? i don’t know how she does all that she does. she’s such a good force for USA textile production. i can’t wait to visit the Fall River site; it looks so classic and beautiful! xo

  5. Congratulations! This is such exciting news. I wear my GOOD smock 1-2 times a week and it is just getting lovelier and lovelier–it is my favorite garment!

  6. That is wonderful news! I am a huge fan of yours from watching your courses on Creativebug, you have totally inspired me to sew my own wardrobe. I’m hoping with the help of your book to sew one of these myself! Jenny x

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