Sarah’s Dress: Sustainable Sewing is the New Black

Also known as the “Shop-Your-Stash-and-Tap-Your-Ingenuity” Dress. (All images by Brian Campbell Photography) Are you annoyed yet with all the “sustainable sewing” stuff coming your way? Be prepared for more; because, remember that it is my 2020 Sewing Vision. Are you even more annoyed with shirts and shirtdress references on this blog? That too will be… Read More Sarah’s Dress: Sustainable Sewing is the New Black

Happy 10th Anniversary. It’s Been a Decade of Sewing My Entire Wardrobe.

I congratulate myself this month for making all clothing that exists in my closet today.  I have not purchased a scrap of ready-to-wear since January 1, 2010.  I think it turned out well. Well, there are 20 year old special occasion pieces in the closet which are irreplacable, but all new things since 2010 for… Read More Happy 10th Anniversary. It’s Been a Decade of Sewing My Entire Wardrobe.

Tory Burch’s Fine Handkerchief Aesthetic

Wearable art and other fashionistas in the sewing community have long used old handkerchiefs for fashioning their own fashion and accessories.   Hey, hanky couture enthusiasts, take a look at Tory Burch’s Spring 2020 collection!  What do you think? An enthusiast’s collection of vintage embroidered handkerchiefs are random, individually bought for their hand-embroidered beauty. But the TB collection’s… Read More Tory Burch’s Fine Handkerchief Aesthetic

“Stay”ing the Armhole: Tip From the Haute Couture

Balenciaga’s way:   In the book Couture Sewing, there’s a section on “stays”, with details on under-bust stays, pleat stays, waistline stays, and even crotch stays (yes, there is such a thing in haute couture). This particular Balenciaga dress, circa 1965 actually uses a stay on each back armhole area in a capped sleeve to control… Read More “Stay”ing the Armhole: Tip From the Haute Couture

What’s the Best Way to Attach Shirt Collar/Band Unit to the Neckline?

It tends to be subjective. The answer depends on who you ask and what you read. Just how many ways are there to actually put the shirt neckline and the collar/collarband combo together? I counted four. I’m breaking it down in this post with the assumption that the collar and collar-band have already been sewn… Read More What’s the Best Way to Attach Shirt Collar/Band Unit to the Neckline?