All the above elements can, and do, exist in cut velvet on a sheer silk chiffon base. In the past, I’ve gifted a couple of friends with lengths of similar lightweight cut velvet. I want to extend my apologies to them. Also, years ago I outsourced my daughter #2’s prom dress to my friend Peggy… Read More Fear of Fabric: Sheer, Slippery, Bumpy Cut Velvet
The original title of this post was going to be “What I Wore to Hurrican Harvey” – well, never mind about that now. Events in the past couple of weeks have given me a case of emotional whiplash. After the wondrous solar eclipse, my city was hit by a hurricane of historic proportions, and… Read More I Am Shook
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….