Kwik Sew 3691 now has a hallowed place in my pattern stash. Hanging up a newly and successfully sewn garment in the closet induces calm. That’s why I make my clothes. A successful end result that sends me into a zen like state, even more than the activity of sewing. That is why I love a certain… Read More Pattern (Kwik Sew 3691) and Print (Picasso Inspired)
To emulate the professional stylists who dress celebrities, I like to add “options” to my wardrobe; and this is the latest one. I love this tunic. It is KwikSew 3691. It has a vintage 60s vibe, and at the same time works for my wardrobe in 2015. I made two in quick succession. With just three… Read More How Do You Finish 1/4 inch Seam Allowances? #KwikSew 3691
Readers, I’m getting serious about sewing my seasonal wardrobe additions in conjunction with the Fashion Weeks of the world. This way, there will be fresh new clothes to wear during the actual season. If I sew my Spring 2016 items in the autumn of 2015 (right now), I’ll have things to wear in the spring.… Read More Sewing Along with Fashion Week
The title of this post is a partial quote from the book “The Pink Suit”. Here’s more of the quote to put it in context: “Cut. Trim. Baste. Tuck. Pin. Trim. Stitch. That was what most people thought sewing was about, but they were wrong. It was really about perfection. Each stitch must be exactly… Read More Sewing, “……it was really about perfection………”
Dear Readers, today’s post is about a challenging shortage of cloth, which turned into an exercise in pattern placement and piecing together. Pattern Vogue 9112 designed by Marcy Tilton has elements which concerned me a little, but the end result was so picturesque that I bought the pattern. You know, that moment of identifying with the young, tall and slender model… Read More 7 Ideas For Overcoming Fabric Shortage.
I’m all about pretty fabric. Yes I’m about fabric for all the gorgeous sartorial reasons; however, seeing a textile where it has not been before, where its showcased yet again in all its beauty, is a great feeling (yup, things get a tad visceral with my textile appreciation). Therefore, this had to be brought to the attention of you, my sewing buddies. Showcased for… Read More Fabric and Molten Glass Integration – LamArte
“…. It was really about perfection….” The partial quote above refers to the art of haute couture sewing in the book The Pink Suit authored by Nicole Mary Kelby. No one wants to revisit tragic events, but I highly recommend the book if you’re looking for a quick late summer read with tons of sewing and haute couture references; and if you’re fashion… Read More August Reading: “The Pink Suit”
I love this look! Unfortunately, this look doesn’t love me….. If, like me, you fell in love with this Vogue pattern 1452 (Today’s Fit line, designed by Sandra Betzina) here’s a bit of unsolicited advice: read some reviews (especially one by twistedangel) and make the necessary adjustments. Then, and only then, feel free to jump… Read More More August #Sewing: Vogue 1452
This summer shirt in light apple green, slightly see-through cotton-linen, is beautiful for extreme summer weather. Why has it remained barely worn all these years? And — why do I look so miserable in the photograph? It’s the sleeves, ya’ll. This Hot Patterns Tuxedo Shirt pattern is lovely, but it’s the hottest part of summer… Read More Its August. Bare Your Arms.
The glorious state of Virginia is replete with awesome natural phenomena, including of course, its wondrous countryside. On a recent visit there to hang out with siblings, I saw things in the aforementioned phenomena — fabric and fashion things. Yup, that’s me – I tend to equate wondrous, visceral experiences with things like sewing, fabric and fashion.… Read More I See Nature, I See #Fabric….