Hi, all! Hope you’re doing well. A memory came back from, oh, 20-25 years ago. How to finish this kind of multi-thread, multi-cord woven braid so that it seems to disappear neatly in the middle of the fabric. Turning it under would of course create an unsightly bulk due to multiple levels of braid components.… Read More Magical Braid Application?
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
Embroidery can go anywhere you want! Hello everyone; I was reading over at Samina’s blog and came across a comment on one of her older posts (she had… How to Incorporate Embroidery into Your Sewing Projects ————————————————————- Hi readers! Today I’m reblogging my friend Kasey’s post where she guides you through placement of machine embroidery… Read More Reblogging Kasey Sasser’s Excellent Post: How to Incorporate Embroidery into Your Sewing Projects
Gone fishin’! As I mentioned in the last post, this March I will take time off from writing posts, and will come back hopefully refreshed in April. Feel free to read my previous posts – there are 340 of them! Meanwhile, I leave you with this awesome portrait of the late Cicely Tyson, photographed… Read More March Hiatus
Hi readers! It’s amazing how long I’ve hung around in the sewing community. Some things which were new many years ago are now reintroduced to a new audience. Then again, there are revelations (sewing and otherwise) which make me happy and excited to gain that new knowledge. Today, I have thoughts and links to share… Read More Trivial and Important Stuff in the Worlds of Sewing, Fashion, Literature.
This was not the blog post I was supposed to upload today. However, as blogging goes, nothing was coming together – not the text nor the photos, and not even the actual sewing project. Because, the fabric was a beast, and I was internalizing those beastly qualities. That post just did not work. And then,… Read More #VogueCouchCouture – a Challenge From Vogue Magazine
Silhouette inspiration from Valentino Haute Couture … Read More Taking Cues from an Exaggerated Couture Silhouette
Rejuvenating a dry sewing spell with #hautecouture images. #theMagicofSewing … Read More Couture Eye Candy
(An online search for “Yara Shahidi’s Gucci Gown” yielded some of these images.) The photo of actress Yara Shahidi (of the TV show “black-ish”) caught my attention on a magazine page (InStyle). She is a knockout and pulling off the attention grabbing Gucci gown beautifully. It’s age appropriate for her tender years, and extremely tasteful.… Read More Gucci Shell Gown- How is it Made? I’m Asking…
Balenciaga’s way: In the book Couture Sewing, there’s a section on “stays”, with details on under-bust stays, pleat stays, waistline stays, and even crotch stays (yes, there is such a thing in haute couture). This particular Balenciaga dress, circa 1965 actually uses a stay on each back armhole area in a capped sleeve to control… Read More “Stay”ing the Armhole: Tip From the Haute Couture