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

NOWEK (No One Will Ever Know) Sewing Trick: Fake Buttonhole on the Collar Band

Hello, blogworld!  I am back after an unintended month-long-plus hiatus from writing. No, I am not sick or anything horrifying like that; some things just got in the way of regular weekly posts. Now I’m glad to be back!! So, taking over from the point where I stopped writing, here’s something fun. I call it… Read More NOWEK (No One Will Ever Know) Sewing Trick: Fake Buttonhole on the Collar Band

Too Much Thread Can be a Good Thing: Multiple Rows of Top-Stitching

In most general sewing, it’s best to avoid stitching in areas where it’s unnecessary – to avoid the too much thread syndrome. Yes, there is such a thing, although the concept can be quite subjective. However, too much thread can be useful in certain areas of dressmaking and general fashion sewing.  Such as, designs where… Read More Too Much Thread Can be a Good Thing: Multiple Rows of Top-Stitching