Hi readers! Welcome to the first SWAP (Sewing With A Plan) and first wearable of 2017; I’m calling it a mini-SWAP. Taking baby steps here so that it does not get out of hand. The patterns: Vogue DKNY 1179 from the pattern stash, a 2010 issue. Not available anymore. Go-to pants pattern for the last… Read More Mini SWAP. Part 1: Vogue 1179 by DKNY
2016, BEGONE! I am thrilled to welcome the year 2017. Here’s a reflective look back at my sewing activity, only to clarify how to move ahead. This may be an eye-roll moment, but indulge me. I sewed consistently in 2016, and my wardrobe is now populated with self-made clothing. But I sewed wardrobe items I… Read More Sewn Wardrobe Math and New Year
Merry Christmas to one and all! This week I pulled out unfinished projects and completed them. Here’s one of them: Le Grizzly! Fur vest: All that remained to be done to this vest was some handwork at the neck, chopping off the hem and finishing it. You can see two previous blog posts about this… Read More WIP Completed. Fear of Faux Fur
…. 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
Padded hangers, a perfect holiday gift for the girl with beautiful clothes hung on wire hangers. Well, padded hangers are available commercially, and cheaply. But that’s no fun. Padding a hanger yourself adds a fun, customized element to your closet in addition to using up your scraps, your ugly fabric, and make you happy at… Read More Padded Hangers. Make Them Yourself.
Hi Readers! Who doesn’t like to receive flowers, especially if it’s a single ribbon rose? Just looking at it gives me warm fuzzies. This ribbon rose is a quick-to-make gift idea to add to your holiday crafting repertoire. I used instructions which came with a kit, very happy that I did not discard the packet after… Read More Ruffly #Ribbon Rose. Quick Holiday Gift
Hi readers, I hope you’re having a happy Thanksgiving weekend. I recently lost a much loved friend, whom I did not get to see too often during the last year. The last time I saw Suzy was in September 2015, more than a year ago and that’s where I snapped the selfie above. It was… Read More Lacy Thread & Ribbon Scarf. Remembering Suzy Seed
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.
The learning – it must never stop. Even a self-professed, know-it-all like me must continue to learn and be inspired to sew. So, I binge-watched online sewing classes, and totally neglected the actual sewing. Grey silk tunic, move aside…. Disclaimer: I have no business affiliation with Craftsy. except as a satisfied customer. I’m just giving… Read More The Learning Continues: I Binge Watched 3 Sewing Classes
We move ahead in replicating the grey (or gray) ready-to-wear silk tunic, mentioned in the last post. I’m lifting, so to speak, the “bones” of a pattern and using that information to make something quite different from original intentions by the pattern company. Same bones, but such a different look! Colette Pattern Company’s Sencha Blouse… Read More Grey Silk Tunic, Part 2.Manipulating the Pattern