The saga continues. At the end of the last post, my first faux fur garment had yet to be hemmed, sides sewn and lined. I plodded along, went through a little bit of ripping out the side seams (which was surprisingly easy, and did not ruin the fur), re-sewing the seams, etc etc. Lessons were… Read More Part Two: Do Not Fear the Faux Fur
I recently decided to make good on a long ignored item on the sewing list: a faux fur vest from this pattern, Simplicity 2285. No fabric is hard to sew if you know how. There are exceptions, of course; it happened to me once. The fabric in question was a weird wiry cloth and… Read More Do Not Fear the Faux Fur Fabric
I am incredulous that until now, I didn’t know about Manuel Pertegaz, a Spanish designer of the 1950s, who – get this – was invited to take over the House of Dior when Christian died in 1957. Pertegaz politely declined. I guess that opened the way for Yves St Laurent and the rest is fashion… Read More Manuel Pertegaz, Fashion Designer, 1917 – 2014
I should stop scoffing at the fashion media for suggesting the “uniform dressing” concept. At the same time they urge people to buy the trendiest clothing! These ladies of the US Navy Women’s Auxiliary in 1918 had no choice in the matter, but I’m sure their sartorial choices every morning were very easy. As it… Read More Uniform Dressing
Hi Readers, Hope you had a great holiday season! The last couple of months were peak travel season and the lovely editor/founder of the online magazine Masala Mommas, published my post in December. Today, I’m going to send you to Masala Mommas to read about how I added a hidden pocket to this otherwise unused pashmina… Read More Travel Scarf, Hidden Pocket
Happy New Year’s Eve! I would like to list very briefly some happy, some devastating, some interesting things that happened in 2015. My personal life was eventful in the first half of 2015. There was a wedding, a birth and a death in my family – in the reverse order, though. My mother passed away, a… Read More Sewing Shenanigans for 2016?
Merry Christmas! Making Christmas cookies and the occasional Christmas craft project is my highlight of the holiday. Technically, I do not celebrate, but that has not stopped me from loving all kinds of holiday themed cooking and crafts, and generally getting into the spirit! I try to bake a new holiday cookie each year. In… Read More Delving Into “The Delineator”, Christmas 1930 Number
I sew daily wear – literally. … Read More I Sew Everyday Wear, Literally. Pattern Review: McCall’s 6996
Well, yes, plenty. But not really. And, that’s OK. Re-claimed designs in the sartorial world can be regenerated and made to look new — but not really. Before I twist myself into a pretzel, it’s best to start splainin’ myself. There IS a ton of innovation in the fashion industry but it’s a given that… Read More Is Anything New?
Hi Readers! Today I’ll share a wee bit of sewing information. You know, when the neckline bias binding extends into a tie? Examples include neckline of a baby bib, or maybe shoulder ties on a dress. Well, it’s a really good thing – until you reach the end of the tie and are faced with… Read More #Sewing Tip: Neatly Turned Bias Binding End