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
My sewing vision for year 2020 is simple: just keep sewing. Keep going with the exclusively self-made wardrobe, and rein in urges to sew what doesn’t suit me. That was one of the perks of this past decade of being a maker; I was forced to take a good look and make stuff that was… Read More 2020 SEWING VISION: Just Keep Sewing, but Sustainably
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.
Dear friends, some sewing has resumed after the thumb fiasco, and it’s admittedly quite unselfish of me to even try and finish the project. In this post you’ll see images of this (almost done) shirt made for my brother, and some Sewing Notes to go along with it. No deep thoughts today. Sewing Notes Pattern:… Read More More Shirtmaking and Shirtmusings
—- and we’re all a big happy blend of faiths and beliefs (and non-beliefs). Thanksgiving was celebrated at my home as the 2019 gathering spot. After the last Thanksgiving bite, my friend Ellen Campbell and my daughter Sarah Mirza set out to add cheerful Christmas décor to my living areas. All but the last two… Read More Christmas Décor in a non-Christian Home
Back after a long hiatus!! Hi, dear readers, you may have seen this particular tunic before, but this time — it’s on me (all my photos by BrianCampbellPhoto) and not on the dummy. Inspiration A Few Process Notes I’m sharing this on the Designin’ December online group initiated by Linda of the Nice Dress. Thanks,… Read More Assymetrical Neckline – Again
(said in a Chuck Todd kind of voice) …. it’s time for a post on the Sew Everything Blog. And, here we are on Thursday. Today has turned into a sharing-other-great-sewing-blogger-posts day, because there’s no dearth of fabulous sewing done by other enthusiasts; therefore I’m thrilled to share a link from Ann of The Compulsive… Read More If it’s Tuesday….
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
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
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?