Yeah, I know; long words in the title is a thing with me. Friends, I love a bit of whimsy in my daily wear and not so daily wear. As someone said, what’s the point of fashion if you can’t have fun with it? Well, I can think of a counterpoint to this, but I’ll… Read More Sartorial Whimsy….
What, no pockets? My hitherto dormant pocket-love has emerged. I now like pockets on, and in, everything, even in pajamas (except for tight fitting pants). There seems to be a constant need to put my hands somewhere. There are other reasons, too; while out and about, I need to put little necessities somewhere other than… Read More Where are the pockets??
Under-stitching is an easy sewing technique; it’s a necessary technique if your garment has facings (versus bindings) on the neck, armholes, pant waistband, or the hem. Under-stitching keeps a facing from peeking out on the right side – that is it’s job. The images of my purple printed tunic show straightforward under-stitching at the neckline;… Read More Understanding Under-stitching
Hi guys! I love my SWAP items!! Do u? Before you get nauseated with yet another SWAP (Sewing With A Plan) post, let me explain. I wanted you to see all SWAP items together, in one post. Thanks to my son-in-law Brian for formatting the photos! Don’t the garments look much better without all the… Read More Mini S.W.A.P.: All Together Now
….. still unfinished. The case of a jacket that was loved, unloved and loved again – all during the construction process. Thankfully, it ended with “loved”; it’s still not lined, but I’m working on lining it as you read this — just couldn’t wait to share with you all. The Minoru jacket is the third… Read More Mini S.W.A.P 2018, Item Three: Minoru Jacket
Skill up!! What a fantastic term. I came across it in a newspaper article about a business which refused to let automation displace it’s employees; the bosses decided to offer the employees free training to understand and handle the robots, thereby making them technically “skill up” to a much higher plane. I am far from… Read More Skill Up
Hi readers! The second item in the SWAP 2018 is done – about time, too. Using Simplicity 4528, which has become one of my favorite “workhorse” patterns. Nothing new to report there, except….. Right: Wearing S.W.A.P. items 1 and 2 In principle, it’s the easiest thing in the world to match the front of… Read More Mini SWAP 2018: Item Two. Tunic with Embroidered Applique
….. items 2, 3 and 4 are waiting to be created. Dear Readers, I’ve blogged about this particular pair of pants ad nauseum. Because, I have now made ten pairs from the same pattern, and wear them on a daily basis. So, bear with me. I will take you deeper into the making of these… Read More Mini SWAP, 2018: Item One, pants
….and continuing to indulge my current obsession with pintucking ….. (did you read the last post?) Today, I’m proceeding with basic, straight pintucks. Sewing experts, please chime in with any thoughts or corrections. Interested beginning sewers, I hope you find this useful. There are two ways you can make pintucks. The end result is slightly… Read More Keeping Up With Pintucking
Dear friends, Planned wardrobe sewing, or “Sewing With a Plan” is what I aspire to, but have had little success; because I’m easily distracted, and my attention is diverted to other projects. I’m trying again, this spring (oops, it’ll be summer by the time the SWAP set is ready), to sew with a pre-planned set… Read More Mini S.W.A.P., Spring 2018. Sewing With a Plan