some light housekeeping

After almost twenty years of blogging (seriously, I started a Diaryland page back in 1999), I finally took the plunge & paid for a domain. I think it will re-direct automatically from the old blog, but if you want to update your links, feeds, etc, everything is now at In case you never paid much attention to my name, yes, Ciara Xyerra is my real legal name. It’s pronounced like Sierra Zee-air-uh. It’s a long story.

I also gave the blog a little makeover. Nothing too fancy, because I don’t really know how to do fancy. I was an early adopter as far as blogs go, but a corresponding literacy in coding & web languages did not follow. Back when I used to organize the Boston Skillshare, we had a guy sign up to do a Python programming workshop. All of us organizers were much more familiar with more hands-on skills, like silkscreening, or making zines, or d.i.y. abortions. So we were like, “Python programming? Like…snake charming?” Somehow that seemed more logical to us than a bunch of people getting together to learn a coding language. But the workshop was quite popular, & I know Jared recently used some Python when he built his own website.

I’ve also started a new separate blog to post about my dollmaking adventures. I’ve challenged myself to sew one article of doll clothing per day, & each piece is blogged over there. I’ve only been doing it for like a week. & I don’t know how sustainable it is, big picture. I’m drafting all of my clothing patterns from scratch, which takes time & obviously cuts into other sewing I want to tackle. For instance, I really don’t think I am going to finish my garment for the Monthly Stitch challenge this month, even though I have a BRILLIANT idea for it. Maybe I’ll surprise myself, but considering that I haven’t even printed the pattern yet…

The awesome thing about the dollmaking is that I am learning so much! Maybe I am just drafting for a doll, but I am still learning so much about drafting, & it does motivate me to just cut to the chase & draft for myself, which is something I’ve been wanting to do more often. Sewing doll clothes also requires a certain degree of precision-sewing, with tiny hems, tiny embellishments, etc, which can only improve my sewing skills overall. & it’s a reason to get up into my sewing room everyday, even if I feel unmotivated to tackle a big project for myself on a given day. So go check that out, if you like.

& with that, I will leave you with a sneak peek at the regular grown-up garment sewing that is currently on my sewing table. It looks pretty nice on the outside right now, but it’s a hot fucking mess on the inside. & it’s a new-to-me pattern (the Sweet 16 bralette from Pin-Up Girls), so who the hell knows how or if it will fit. I’m anticipating a look not dissimilar to a pair of guinea pigs stuffed in a tube sock, so if it’s better than that, I’ll call it a win.


Published by Ciara

Ciara Xyerra wrote zines for the better part of two decades. She has a brilliant & adorable preschooler named Ramona & sews as much as she possibly can. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her boyfriend. She enjoys catching up on "The New Yorker", meatball subs, keeping it cranky, intersectional post-third wave feminism, dinosaurs, & monsters. If you have nothing nice to say, she recommends that you come sit here by her, so you can say not-nice things together.

3 thoughts on “some light housekeeping

  1. Love the new blog look! The guinea-pigs-tube-sock analogy is kind spot on with how my test Sweet 16 turned out – mega comfy, but only for around the house (although part of that might be my very stretchy fabric). I sized up the OhhhLulu Jasmine bralette and got a surprisingly lifted result, though. good luck with the doll adventures also!

    1. What kind of fabric did you use for the Sweet 16? I’m using stretch lace lined with 15 denier tricot, with the stretch going horizontally around the body. I should just finish it, all it needs is elastic. I just don’t see how stretch fabric is going to provide any support whatsoever, & I don’t like wearing foam: too bulky.

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