Neon is just one of the trends being touted out there for spring 2020. And, . for the “oh-no-the-eighties-are-back crowd”, hang with me; I am putting myself in the neon realm. But first…. 2019 Update: Last year in a sewing group I frequent, Roz of Sew Much Fabric guided attendees through finding a style icon… Read More My Neon Spring
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
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.
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
Hello, people of the sewing community! I write my usual weekly post with the intention of including a sewing lesson/tutorial for beginners, a sewing question for the experienced seamstresses, spew some sewing philosophy, or some snark at Fashion Weeks’ design and execution aesthetics. Not today. Today, I’ll share with you the latest summer wardrobe addition… Read More Just Another Daily Wardrobe Piece
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
I am loathe to call it cultural appropriation but “khaki” in my language (Urdu) means dry mud or dust. This well-researched book circa 1995, agrees with that fact. I grew up with my mother and grandmother referring to anything in this subdued light brown shade as a “khaki color”. The term was Anglicized when the… Read More What Does “Khaki” Even Mean?
Everyone names their clothing, right? Last week was the “Sheet”(dress, that is). Here is my Blue Lagoon. Heh. This is the latest iteration of the button down, but a bit longer, sleeveless and with a side flare. The inspiration was a Rebecca Minkoff version of a shirtdress, and the sewing stars seem to have aligned. I… Read More The Shirt Making Continues: Blue Lagoon
Hi, everyone! There’s a reason why serious wardrobe seamstresses are loathe to throw away leftover materials. Like a quilter; except, a quilter is a whole different animal. Actually, I enjoyed the fabric shortage part of this project. Miraculously, there was additional material in my leftover fabric stash that coordinated with the main fabric — as… Read More The Fueled-by-Fabric-Shortage Cardigan
By the way, how do you determine the placement of your elastic (or non-elastic) waistband? Or, do you sew the waistband where the pattern tells you to, and they fit perfectly? In that case, I’m really happy for you. This is how I do it. I didn’t invent this method, but read about it in… Read More Cool Sewing Trick: Waistband Installation in the Right Place