I’m beholden to the House of Dior and Vogue Runway for the images included in this post. Thank you. Warning: short but inspiring post. Another warning: you’ll have to watch very short videos from the Dior atelier — too short and worth the time. I may or may not use these details from the Spring… Read More Ideas from the Couture
(Go all the way down for haute couture inspiration, the pieces are 55 years apart!!! ) But first, my mundane black pants…. Sometimes in one’s sewing life, one needs to get over oneself. Occasionally you may not feel you want to follow all the protocols of good and clean sewing. Such was my trajectory with… Read More Follow the Sewing Feels. No Fine Sewing Today
The first dupatta rehabilitation is complete, also being the first sewn project of 2022. I think it went well. What do you think? Did you see my previous post? My project was quick to make because I made it my mission to use the details already present there — the block printed borders (all four),… Read More Dupatta (Scarf) Rehab
…. long after the rest of the kameez/shalwar or kurta/shalwar outfit has gone to clothing heaven, the coordinating dupatta lives on, sometimes in eternity, especially if it’s a relatively ornate piece. Let’s face it. If parts of attire do not touch the body, they’re rarely in need of frequent cleaning (notwithstanding food stains) and do… Read More Long Lives of Dupattas (Scarves)
It’s garish but endearingly so. Back in the day, my friends and I made fun of the painted buses running around our city. However, Pakistani Bus Art took on a life of it’s own and is recognized as a legitimate art form complete with worldwide exhibits and recognition from the Smithsonian! There’s now an organized… Read More Pakistani Bus Art
Hi Readers! I’ve been away from blogging unintentionally (if intentional, I would have notified you). So let’s do a randomly chatty post. Cardigan Adjustment and New Accessory Someone referred to my new cardigan as nightwear, which was not my goal with this cardi! But, that someone was right; it did look more robe than chic,… Read More Chatty Post: Happy 2022 🙏 😐 and more Sewing Randomness.
…. and magical things that resulted thereafter. My daughter Sarah and her Mom-in-law Ellen made these adorable gnomes with yarn, bead and cardboard cylinder (yes, a paper towel roll) with the highest cuteness quotient. The magic of the crafty gnomes is exalted by Brian Campbell’s professional photography. If you live in or near Southern California… Read More Gnomes: Family Christmas Craft by Ellen and Sarah
Or we could dub it “ombré “. It’s December and I’m in the mood for small, scrap busting, holiday-ish projects. I am besotted with patching together small colorful squares to give a painterly effect. This (unfinished) table runner which is used as a kitchen-counter runner (explanation at the end of the post) is such a… Read More “Watercolor” Patchwork Scrap Buster
What was I doing last week when I missed uploading a blog post? Nothing much — Just played hooky from the weekly schedule. I am apologetic. But, did you really miss the post? Probably not since our online-pervasive lives threw lots more sewing content at you. I’m good with that. Let’s move to what I… Read More “Winter” Wardrobe Staple: Striped, Ribbed Knit Long Cardigan.
Sounds like a spy novel but I’m proud of myself for using that phrase here because it is so apt! You may have all the gadgets and notions designed for certain sewing tasks, or you may not. If not, amble into your kitchen and…. we’ll, read on. Chopping board : In the kitchen I used… Read More Secret Lives of Kitchen Tools