I am adding the romantically named Misty Top to my favorite pattern list. The designer, Andrea Davis of Sew To Fit, put her heart and soul into this design and ended up with a pattern sized for, and flattering to, “normal” women. Plus, we have help from designer Andrea via YouTube. She did a recent… Read More What I Wore to the Eclipse. The Misty Top
It’s true. It helps to have friends who have friends. In my case, it helped that my friend Maria has a friend who is an upholstery shop owner. Through the friend (twice removed), I was the recipient of some discontinued samples of home decor fabric; the samples range from 8 inches, 16 inches and 24… Read More Found Fabric: Home Decor Samples
This post was originally titled “Making the Impossible, Possible”. Say you’re sewing up a see-through, diaphanous, loosely woven and therefore ravel-prone item. You’ve decided to use French seams throughout. Good! But hold on; there are side slits in this here garment. A French seam and a side slit do not mix – not really. Impossible… Read More Combining a French Seam and a Side Slit. Impossible.
Does a blog post have to focus on one particular project, technique or idea? Maybe, but not today. Lets just have a sewing “conversation” about nothing in particular. Like an episode of Seinfeld, which was “a show about nothing”. Lets just hang around and talk. Join in with your comments. Pins should face the same… Read More Sewing “Bits and Bobs”
Hi fashion sewers! Are you a member of the American Sewing Guild? My article was recently published in the summer 2017 issue of Notions, a publication of the organization. It’s a benefit for members only. The theme of the article visits busting out your scraps for creating real, wearable fashion (no unwearable fashion, please). … Read More Published in “Notions”
A tried and true pattern, (also referred to as TNT) can be a dangerous thing. It can make a sewer too cocky for her own good. It happened to me recently with this project. I’ve made (and almost worn out) pants with Vogue 1411 seven times to be exact. With this, the eighth pair, I… Read More Overconfident Seamstress
Hi guys! Remember my last post? Well, the project is done, I’ve stopped whining, and I love the doily! This was an enjoyable sewing and designing experience. Design Inspiration I’m calling it a pinwheel, with six sections joined at their sides with fagoting, an heirloom sewing method. About the design, I was inspired by this… Read More Sew a Patriotic Doily
Good Morning, America!! Heartfelt and sincere greetings on your birthday. I see that you haven’t lost your vibrant, messy, lovable, complicated-yet-simple youthfulness at age 251. So, Happy Birthday, America! I love you and always will. In life and in politics, the best intentions can go in an unintended direction; thus went my sewing plans for… Read More Best Laid Plans….
It’s time to divulge more sewing secrets from the mysterious east, and from last week’s Guessing Games post. Congratulations to Myra of the Simple Inspirations blog, for winning the game. You nailed it, Myra! To the “baggy pants” crowd, also well done. The bottom garment here is a shalwar (pronounced shull-waar). It’s worn with a… Read More Making a Shalwar
Hello, my sewing friends 🙂 This is a not-to-scale diagram of pattern pieces for a certain garment. Can you guess what it is? Hint 1: I mentioned this garment in my last post about the kurta-like tunic made with Simplicity 4528. Hint 2: The four pieces shown are only half the garment. They get duplicated,… Read More Guessing Games.