Tory Burch’s Fine Handkerchief Aesthetic

Wearable art and other fashionistas in the sewing community have long used old handkerchiefs for fashioning their own fashion and accessories.   Hey, hanky couture enthusiasts, take a look at Tory Burch’s Spring 2020 collection!  What do you think? An enthusiast’s collection of vintage embroidered handkerchiefs are random, individually bought for their hand-embroidered beauty. But the TB collection’s… Read More Tory Burch’s Fine Handkerchief Aesthetic

“Stay”ing the Armhole: Tip From the Haute Couture

Balenciaga’s way:   In the book Couture Sewing, there’s a section on “stays”, with details on under-bust stays, pleat stays, waistline stays, and even crotch stays (yes, there is such a thing in haute couture). This particular Balenciaga dress, circa 1965 actually uses a stay on each back armhole area in a capped sleeve to control… Read More “Stay”ing the Armhole: Tip From the Haute Couture

What’s the Best Way to Attach Shirt Collar/Band Unit to the Neckline?

It tends to be subjective. The answer depends on who you ask and what you read. Just how many ways are there to actually put the shirt neckline and the collar/collarband combo together? I counted four. I’m breaking it down in this post with the assumption that the collar and collar-band have already been sewn… Read More What’s the Best Way to Attach Shirt Collar/Band Unit to the Neckline?

NOWEK (No One Will Ever Know) Sewing Trick: Fake Buttonhole on the Collar Band

Hello, blogworld!  I am back after an unintended month-long-plus hiatus from writing. No, I am not sick or anything horrifying like that; some things just got in the way of regular weekly posts. Now I’m glad to be back!! So, taking over from the point where I stopped writing, here’s something fun. I call it… Read More NOWEK (No One Will Ever Know) Sewing Trick: Fake Buttonhole on the Collar Band

Iconic Fashion Photos: and the Stories Behind Them

Above:  Photographer Richard Avedon’s image of model Dovima is from the MFAH website. “Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography” is an exhibit running at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; I got to see fashion photography at its best. Along with the photos, there is a little bit of actual fashion.  Disclosure: this… Read More Iconic Fashion Photos: and the Stories Behind Them