Whew! That was one deep dive in my sewing stash; it yielded a kit for making the aptly named “Fling Thing” by Canadian designer Linda MacPhee. I bought the kit after being enchanted by this cover of Sew News, October 1999 issue. What would a Texan be doing with bulky wool melton, you ask? Well,… Read More Fling Thing in Wool Melton, designed by Linda MacPhee, 1999
The print looks like an oriental rug store threw up on me, no? I’m making fun of it, but I actually love it! But what drove me to this butterfly style again (McCalls 6510)? It’s the printed rayon challis from Mood Fabrics. To accommodate the print, I had to make something with as few seams… Read More The Print Determined the Pattern Selection
Hi readers! I recently dove into my sewing ‘collection”, and pulled out some long-stashed stuff that was purchased just because it was so pretty and so old — a treasure to fashion history afficionados; at the very least, something interesting. I wonder who was the wearer of this jabot, or should it be called a… Read More Antique Netting Collar/Jabot
Are you tired of my “sharks teeth” obsession, yet? I made two samples with linen scraps – just to get my hands used to the folding and fiddling. In the interest of not wasting those small scrappy trials, I sewed them together and made – this. You can call it a mug rug, a square… Read More Still “Sharks Teeth”-ing
….. which is also termed “Point and Tuck”, and is a distant relative of “Prairie Points”. I hope you’re intrigued enough to keep reading. “Sharks teeth” lives under the umbrella of “heirloom sewing”. Heirloom sewing is based on dainty, hand sewn traditional French embellishment of the old days. Learning and exploring the “sharks teeth” technique is… Read More Can’t Let Go: Sewing Term, “Sharks Teeth”
Mighty title there ….. Happy New Year, friends! I first encountered the term “epic” applied to sewing projects in a book by Sandra Betzina. In the first edition of “Power Sewing” (1990s), she referred to some of her sewn garments as “epic”. Those particular projects took time, effort, the best materials, and utmost skill. I think… Read More 2018: Epic Sewing Projects
My Blue Velvet … Read More My Blue Velvet
Merry Christmas, everybody!! I’m sending good wishes for a happy, healthy and safe Holiday Season. I hope Santa brought you exactly what your heart desired. So, what do non-Christians do on Christmas? Anything our collective mind wants to. Some of us join in with a full blown Christmas celebration; others chill out gratefully for the… Read More Merry Christmas, Errrybody!
Hi Readers, I’m back after two weeks of being a no-show on this blog; it’s a case of slacking off on an unpaid job. I hope everyone had as wonderful a Thanksgiving as I did. This week, I’m sharing this photograph on a sewing blog because: a) it’s a great family photo of two generations; … Read More A Family Photo For the (Sewing) Ages
Hi friends! Remember my post about a first attempt at sewing a men’s shirt? My son-in-law, Brian (the owner of the shirt) is modeling it to perfection over here! Photography credit goes to his wife, Sarah Mirza. I am especially thankful for Brian trusting me with making him a clothing item! How many men will… Read More Shirt Success!