The header image is taken from the article in AramcoWorld (linked below). Eric Lubrick/ Indianapolis Museum of Art. In 2021 all art, craft and sewing supplies are so easily obtained in every color, that I was amazed to learn that the color blue was found and developed with much difficulty throughout the millennia. Yes, the… Read More I’m Not Taking Blue For Granted Anymore.
Scroll down all the way, Readers! Hi there! While sipping tea the other day, it struck me that the mug rug underneath the cup was made 40-plus years ago and so much a part of my daily life, that I was not really seeing it. I picked it up, looked closely as if with new… Read More Needlework-y Past
It’s not a complicated top, just Marimekko’s version of a woven tank top with a contrasting yoke. But it’s a learning experience to see how the fashion design house makes a sleeveless, woven tee. This is my child’s request – that I copy her top in another fabric, close in fit and style to the… Read More Copying Marimekko
Have you wondered how horizontal lines in dress bodices in highly expensive garments at the bust or above bust level are so straight on a curvy body? It’s never this smooth and straight in stuff you’ve made for yourself. I hereby reveal to you that the unblemished straight seam is achieved with dart manipulation, even… Read More What Dart Trickery is This?
Conventional wisdom says brown belongs in the Fall color palette. Where do these assumptions come from, anyway? Maybe the best muse for humans is mother nature where brown shows up in the autumnal palette. I’m also sure the physiological aspects of color have something to do with the conventional seasonal fashion palettes — isn’t dark… Read More Blue and Brown Palette for Summer
While making the still unfinished kurta, I went down the rabbit hole of researching the cotton double gauze. Which led me to the world of puckered fabrics. Which led me to plisse. I’m familiar with seersucker but never paid attention to “plisse”. Also, now I know to the best of my knowledge that my cotton… Read More Puckered Fabric Info — I Want to Know More
Hi, all. Hope you had a happy Mother’s Day! A slow sewing speed is the new normal in my sewing life — let’s hope it’s temporary. Therefore, I am sharing an in-progress item with you, having given up hope to finish it for wearing and sharing with you today. About this oversize neck placket: I… Read More Work In Progress, and Other (Valentino) Stuff
The fabric buying spirits, though, are alive!! This beautiful grey bamboo rib knit (and some other fabric) was recently purchased from Sew Much Fabric; I noticed a bunch of rib knit garments emerge in the fashion diaspora during the past year. Although I have never sewn a garment in ribbed fabric, I did wear a… Read More Ribbed Fabric: Medicine for Sewing Lag
Is Earth Month over yet? I wanted to sneak in one more “save” on the blog before ambling over to the new fabric stash. Do read through to the end, since I’ve included a couple of sundry stuff. Heh. From the bowels of her closet, my daughter pulled out a hole-damaged cashmere pullover. Some “visible… Read More Cashmere Pullover Save with Visible Darning
Being a YouTube rat and an occasional upcycled garment enthusiast, I can’t pass up videos showing garment refashions; I don’t even mind the pesky ads. Here are some channels I follow on YouTube these days; thanks to YouTube algorithms, more new ones show up in my feed regularly. Disclaimer: I am not being paid to… Read More Refashioning Videos on YouTube