My curiosity about clothing design and design details in a historical context knows no bounds. It seems that some details in modern apparel which seem so new and fresh can be traced back into the ages. Conversely, I love new and innovative design which has never been seen before. One such new-old detail showed up… Read More Tied, Asymmetrical Neckline
Hey kids, you’ve been doing it all wrong! How do you face a neckline? The tailor is Sajid of Sajid Designs, and you may not understand the language because he is Indian, but the videos are visually clear and understandable. He, like tailors from that part of the world, works a little differently than us… Read More Faced Neckline: Lesson Learned From a South Asian Tailor
Hi guys! I’m into mood boards and probably will be forever. Let me explain…. Every other month, I join a local sewing group called “Sewing Fashionistas”. In 2018, our leader Roz (who owns the online fabric shop Sew Much Fabric) facilitated a whole series for creating a wearable, suitably stylish, occasion-worthy wardrobe. In other words,… Read More Wardrobe Sewing Mood Board
Since I’m already down the rabbit hole of fashion week images and neglecting my sewing tasks, let me take you to the Spring 2018 collection of the house of Salvatore Ferragamo, originally show during the September 2017 Fashion Week. You can see the entire collection on the Vogue Runway website by clicking here. I’ll focus on… Read More Who Sewed it Better?
Hi readers! I recently dove into my sewing ‘collection”, and pulled out some long-stashed stuff that was purchased just because it was so pretty and so old — a treasure to fashion history afficionados; at the very least, something interesting. I wonder who was the wearer of this jabot, or should it be called a… Read More Antique Netting Collar/Jabot
….. which is also termed “Point and Tuck”, and is a distant relative of “Prairie Points”. I hope you’re intrigued enough to keep reading. “Sharks teeth” lives under the umbrella of “heirloom sewing”. Heirloom sewing is based on dainty, hand sewn traditional French embellishment of the old days. Learning and exploring the “sharks teeth” technique is… Read More Can’t Let Go: Sewing Term, “Sharks Teeth”
……of this Madeleine Vionnet design, circa 1922. It is 95 years old, and yet so 2017 in it’s modernity, the ombre vibe emanated by the color blocking, and the simple geometric shapes joined in an innovative fashion. Madeleine Vionnet was known as a master of the bias grain. Yet, this outfit hangs on the straight… Read More Can’t Let Go….
…. and final! How many trials and mock ups does it take to create a “simple” tunic? Well, a degree of exactness in making clothes is ok. It’s ok to be picky; it’s ok to make multiple wearable muslins before the final look you wanted in the first place. From left: final gray silk tunic,… Read More Gray Silk Tunic, Part 3
I’m going to miss First Lady Michelle Obama immensely for her grace, beauty, loving -momma demeanor toward all Americans. I will equally miss her chic and impeccable sartorial choices. Here’s an image of her wearing Haute Couture Ricardo Tisci for Givenchy. I immediately want to knock off that cape! Thank you, Mrs. O. I started… Read More Everything Changes. #Sewing is Forever.
….or, “Why do you sew?” Dear readers, you may not find these questions annoying, but I do. I’ll try to answer the question in the title anyway. Below are my top 5 answers, starting with #5 when I’m least inspired. #1 is when I’m most likely to approach the sewing machine (which is almost… Read More “What inspires you to sew?” Most Annoying Question Ever…