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?
…. 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
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
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.
Hi Readers! It is that time again; i.e., it’s time to cleanse the sewing palate, so to speak. By that, I mean that after sewing clothing continuously, it’s refreshing to make a quick, cute item. It just puts an extra spring in my step to change the sewing lanes for a little while. Enter the… Read More Fabric Bowl – Change the Sewing Lane
There have been countless books written on the art of embellishing a cloth surface or adding interest with “in-cloth” fabric manipulation. I own a few, plus a few more stored on another shelf, and recently became the proud owner of Ellen Miller’s text-book size tome “Creating Couture Embellishment”. The sheer size of the book distinguishes… Read More Science of Sewn Embellishments: “Creating Couture Embellishment”, the Book
I almost changed the title of this post to “Saloon Girl Sachet”………. Hi people! Sometimes – no, all the time – looking into the long neglected, dark recesses of your book stash can yield a surprise. I did that recently and found this old book: Sensational Sachets by Stephanie Valley, published by Sterling Books in… Read More Hidden Stuff on the Sewing Bookshelf
Is it a plane? A bird passing through on it’s way back to the amazon rainforest ? Why, it’s the Fabridon!! Hello friends! A deep dive into the sewing stash unearthed a kit for making this quirky bird. I haven’t made stuffed animals or birds in decades. But the Fabridon is more an art piece… Read More The Fabridon© : Not a Stuffed Toy
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