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Sonya Philip

100 Acts of Sewing · San Francisco, California

Sonya Philip is an artist, designer, teacher, and the author of The Act of Sewing. In 2012, Sonya started 100 Acts of Sewing, which involved making dresses while documenting the process on the project’s website. Since then, she has made it her mission to convince people to make their own clothes, by teaching classes and selling patterns. When not covered in bits of thread, she can be found knitting another shawl or cardigan. Sonya lives in San Francisco with her family and their scruffy terrier due, Willie and Hazel.


Contributions From Sonya Philip

Putting the Car in Cardigan

Beep beep! A little car built by a big-hearted team stops a knitter in her tracks.

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Wear What You Make: Together

Sonya's scrapbook on the joy of getting together and making together.

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Wear What You Make: The Act of Sewing

Finishing a sweater as an analogy for finishing a book.

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Does This Make Me Look Happy?

Making and wearing that make you feel good.

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Self Not Selfish

On the handmade wardrobe as self-love.

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Repair What You Make

On bringing a small bit of order to the chaos.

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Wear What You Make: Denise Bayron

A show-and-tell with Oakland maker and designer Denise Bayron.

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Wear What You Make: New Year, Enough You

Positive change happens, but not every day and not all at once.

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Wear What You Make: Bang It Out at Your Own Pace

On avoiding an inferiority complex about your handknits.

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Wear What You Make: Making Mistakes

Mile markers on the journey of acquiring a new skill.

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A Knitter’s Weekend: San Francisco

Strap on your walking shoes: there is a lot to see.

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Wear What You Make: On the Road

Living out of a real or virtual suitcase.

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Wear What You Make: When I Am Old

Toward an authentic appreciation of acting our age.

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Wear What You Make: In Praise of the Cropped Sweater

Just because the hem of a sweater sits above the waist doesn't mean it has to reveal anything you would rather not display.

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Wear What You Make: On Being Visible

Upending a dangerously narrow view of beauty.

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Wear What You Make: Wardrobe as Work in Progress

If you find yourself wearing one thing, but buying something else, consider a reset.

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Wear What You Make: First Scarf Is the Itchiest

Diving in with enthusiasm can lead to interesting things.

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Wear What You Make: Unfinished Objects

Adjust expectations and enjoy making things in your own time.

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Wear What You Make: Try Something New

Who can resist the idea of a reset?

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Wear What You Make: Seasonal

On freckles, and learning to value what makes us different.

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Wear What You Make: You Be Ewe

Even a handmade wardrobe can show one's team spirit.

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Wear What You Make: The Allure of the Uniform

A personal uniform can be liberating (but maybe skip the double-breasted pinafore).

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Wear What You Make: Mix It Up

Black and white and fun to wear all over.

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Wear What You Make: Does This Color Make Me Look Happy?

It turns out that girl in middle school didn't know what she was talking about.

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Wear What You Make: The Summer Sweater

When it's summer, what is a wool lover to do?

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Cardigan Chronicles: Knitting, Sewing and Wearing with Sonya Philip

We welcome Sonya Philip, a knitter, designer and stylish wearer of handmade clothing. She calls it "smock life." We call it wonderful.

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