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.
.Hi readers! This week I’ll share a work in progress (WIP) which is way back in the finished line. No particular reason other than my own lazy ways. The “not technically” in the title is explained further along this post. The Pattern I used a favorite Simplicity 4528, originally issued in 2005, which seems to… Read More Not Technically a #Kurta. #WorkInProgress
Hi all! I might be on an embroidery kick; you may have noticed if you read my posts regularly. I dug into some unfinished sewing archives and look what surfaced in a ziploc bag. Except, I can’t remember how it was supposed to be finished. A long time ago, I took a machine embroidery class… Read More UFO Doily Gets It’s Due
Same pattern, same fabric, in solid black this time. Got anything more interesting for another boring and comfy knit basic? Well, how about embellishment on the raglan sleeve? Sounds good. Let’s go! There’s a great article on machine embroidery on knits in the latest Threads magazine, written by Angela Wolf. The above three lines are… Read More Boring Basic Plus: McCall’s 7286
Hello, sewing friends! Hope you have a good Memorial Day, in honor of those who sacrificed majorly so we CAN enjoy our long weekends. To them, infinite gratitude and thanks. I made this tiny sewing project in colors of the flag and metallic gold floss; as well, it helped me realize how rusty my hand… Read More Happy Little Sewing Project, and Crewel Embroidery Skills