I bet, dear reader, you’re sick and tired of this particular kurta; so am I, but it’s finished. I just want to wear the darn thing, warts and all—- and I did wear it for a recent event. Yes, there are warts; mainly, the uneven border for which I will be finding solutions. Until I… Read More The completed bandini kurta. Finally. (Eye roll)….
Howdy! I was hoping to finish and actually model this kurta in this post, but did not happen. I should give up trying to hasten completion of garments. However, here is another newborn-baby step. I have hereby bound the neckline. Yay. The silk charmeuse bias strips are not hard to work with at all, lest… Read More All-in-One Neck Binding and Ties.
… I might say newborn-baby steps since all I did since the last post was finish the straight slit I had cut out at the kurta neck, wanting to add straight and uninterrupted piping to the cut edges. Uninterrupted, you ask? How did she get the pointy bottom, you ask. it sure looks like two… Read More The Front Slit: Making Sewing Progress With Baby Steps
I began making this piece, fully expecting to use the expected placket neckline treatment and other usual kurta details; but no, a tied neckline (which is not untraditional) danced in my head, at which point I stopped sewing to consider that option, and the staring began. After two days’ of looking at the half-done kurta,… Read More Stop (Sewing) and Stare (at Your Sewing Project)…
It’s time for a “Nothing’s New” post, y’all. This is what triggered my sewing and fashion thoughts toward the happy but slightly eye-roll event. While this little zig zag detail is not a hallmark of Claire McCardell’s aesthetic, Tory Burch’s interest and inspiration in that detail made for some interesting looks in her Resort 2023… Read More Zig Zag Edge is a Thing in Tory Burch’s Resort 2023 Collection. Inspired by 1940s Claire McCardell?
Hello, friends! I’m almost always sewing, but I am also always reading (you are correctly surmising that it leaves little time for other hum drum activities. So what?). I don’t venture to speed read as many books as I can, though. Sometimes just two pages of a current read will give me that unexplainable and… Read More On Current and Finished Reads. #Books #Non-Sewing
Hiya, friends! In my part of the Southern US we’re now doing nice and cool 90 degrees daily. Read all the way down to see a couple of items from Tory Burch’s Spring 2023 line. Time to make a final hot weather top. A chic little bird told me that a white knit tank top… Read More One More Last Hurrah for Summer 2022. Promise.
The header photo is a free WordPress image. I used it just because it’s emitting late summer feels. Just to be clear, that model isn’t me. Hello, all! Summer in my part of the country will go on while the rest of you are resplendent in smart jackets and sweaters this Fall. In the hot… Read More Summer 2022’s Last Hurrah: The White Linen Maxi … and a White-ish Bucket Hat
Hi friends! While writing this, I was pretty sure that everyone knows how to do this, except maybe not my extremely-basic-sewing readers. I wrote it up anyway, and welcome your comments. Lately, I’ve randomly made a couple of quick projects for myself and my patio to keep the creative juices flowing, sort of. (FYI, I’ve… Read More Pillow Sewing Tip at a Granular Level
It’s a good thing when your fabric “speaks” to you cerebrally, thereby successfully turning itself into a lovely garment. Certain fabrics talk so loudly and literally, that you can be heard approaching from afar while wearing same garment. What are these fabrics? Not sure I can classify them, but I can pinpoint some specific ones.… Read More When the Fabric Talks Too Loud – Literally