Cut Your Corners: #Sewing a Slip From 81 Year Old Instructions.

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.

Sewing a Renfrew Hack: Cold Shoulder Version

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

Sewing Workshop Patterns – Anne’s Tank. #Summer Sewing

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

Thoughtful Stashing. Felicia on Fabric and Crafts Hoarding

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