Last week, you saw me following the instructions in a leaflet issued by Coats & Clark in 1934 – read about it here. That was a trial; today, I give you the final slip. Why didn’t I just use a tried and true camisole pattern from the old Stretch and Sew book? Maybe…. because I… Read More The Final Slip
This leaflet was produced and distributed in 1934 by the much revered, 200 plus year old thread manufacturer, Coats and Clark. You can read all about their history on their website. In the 1930s they published a series of leaflets called “Smart Cuts to Sewing”, and I have seven of them, purchased from a long forgotten… Read More Cut Your Corners: #Sewing a Slip From 81 Year Old Instructions.
I kinda like the term “hack” when it’s applied to sewing patterns; affirms that I’m living in the 21st century. The other connotations of that word give me the heebie jeebies; shudder…. After tracking the cold-shoulder trend way back to almost 80 years ago, my inner Marlene Deitrich propelled me to sport the shoulders. So I… Read More Sewing a Renfrew Hack: Cold Shoulder Version
Or, how to turn a quick 4 seam project into a considerably longer one. It all started when I decided to do some quick summer sewing. A sleevless knit tunic would be great in the scorching Texas heat. Pattern of choice: Sewing Workshop’s Anne’s Cardigan and Tank , released in 2011 . I’d already made the cardigan,… Read More Sewing Workshop Patterns – Anne’s Tank. #Summer Sewing
How many are too many of the same clothing item? I first made this pair of knit pants back in 2014 and was thrilled to bits when it turned out good looking, comfy and seemed to fit well. All in my opinion, of course. Since then I have made 4 more pairs. I still get… Read More Sewing a Pattern, Repeatedly
Occasionally, I will indulge in some unselfish sewing. This year’s unselfish project is this dress for my daughter #2 who now lives across the Atlantic. Those of you who’ve made things for recipients far away, know much better than I do, the process of long distance sewing when it’s a fitted garment. But that’s fodder… Read More Sewing Sarah’s Dress
It takes a visitor to see things which a Londoner may pass over. Continue further to enjoy this image heavy post. (OK, it’s not a sewing post, but fun nonetheless). First up: it’s true. English speaking peoples on both sides of the Atlantic are related by blood if you dig deep enough, and by similar… Read More Hidden London….
Hi Readers, I’ll send you directly to the Masala Mommas online magazine to read my quick DIY project for a wedding cake mat (or cake cloth?) — you know, a nice cloth for placing under a wedding cake. The version specially made for Masala Mommas is white tulle and a magenta pink flower trim which… Read More “Wedding Cake Mat” on #MasalaMommas
Disclaimer: By trade, I am not a fashion historian or anything like that. I do love history of fashion in the western hemisphere, and love to track where the current trends in fashion originated. Because there is very little in fashion that is so new that there is no precedent. Well, let’s see about the… Read More Nothing’s New. Tracking the The Cold Shoulder Trend
I’m conflicted between possessive feelings about my fabric stash and a desire for a minimalist life. The possessiveness is really a fear that discarding things will somehow injure my creativity. On the other hand, I’ve developed an overwhelming feeling that my life should not include any more stuff unless it’s for keeping me alive, functioning,… Read More Thoughtful Stashing. Felicia on Fabric and Crafts Hoarding