Hi Friends! Welcome to the end of my Mini SWAP. The last piece is the Prudence blouse by Hot Patterns, made in cream rayon. The pattern: I reached deep into my pattern archives and pulled out the Prudence Blouse by Hot Patterns, a long hoarded item; it was issued in 2005 and of course… Read More Mini SWAP 3: Prudence Blouse by Hot Patterns
I sew daily wear – literally. … Read More I Sew Everyday Wear, Literally. Pattern Review: McCall’s 6996
Kwik Sew 3691 now has a hallowed place in my pattern stash. Hanging up a newly and successfully sewn garment in the closet induces calm. That’s why I make my clothes. A successful end result that sends me into a zen like state, even more than the activity of sewing. That is why I love a certain… Read More Pattern (Kwik Sew 3691) and Print (Picasso Inspired)
This summer shirt in light apple green, slightly see-through cotton-linen, is beautiful for extreme summer weather. Why has it remained barely worn all these years? And — why do I look so miserable in the photograph? It’s the sleeves, ya’ll. This Hot Patterns Tuxedo Shirt pattern is lovely, but it’s the hottest part of summer… Read More Its August. Bare Your Arms.
I’ve learned a lot of sewing lessons from Sandra Betzina through classes, videos and books. With her Today’s Fit line of Vogue patterns, the guide sheets capture the essence of Sandra. It’s as if she’s talking to me personally. Like, urging you to take your “honest” waist measurement; my favorite piece of advice was Sandra’s suggestion for those of… Read More Pants Sewn: Vogue 1411 – Keeper Pattern
Hi Readers, Today, I’m going to send you over to the Masala Mommas site to read my newest post. In September my post included instructions for making a “batwa” (butt-wa). It’s a drawstring pouch but a little different in the opening and closing. The secret lies in a teeny tiny stitch at the sides …. well, I’ll… Read More Make a Batwa: My Recent Contribution to Masala Mommas Online Magazine
And I like it! After all the delays, the pondering, the color-bleeding batik fabric and sundry life-stuff thrown at me, I have finished Vogue 8979. The batik was a long time occupant of my fabric stash and I was totally willing to use it as a wearable muslin. As it turned out, I am taking… Read More Vogue Pattern 8979 Finished!
It summertime and the sewing is easy. Next month, it will be hotter ‘n hell in Texas. While the fashion industry and most well-organized home sewers are planning and replenishing their fall closets, I am still trying to sew summer clothes for myself. This striped tunic recently came off my sewing machine in the way… Read More Summertime, Easy Sewingtime….
Happy Independence Day, America! Page 36 of a special publication by Stitch magazine features my “Out & About Wrap” in all its glory. It is super simple to make, and super chic to wear. It works for 21st century women like us. I want to thank the editors for making it look glorious in the pages of “The Unofficial… Read More How Would You Wear This Wrap, Published in “The Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews”?
Hi readers, I am thrilled to post this update to last week’s blog post about the double triangle zipped pouch. The designer, Nancy Shriber contacted me to dispel my thoughts about the author of the book not actually making the bag. She did, and I owe her an apology. Nancy, I am sorry. Take a look at… Read More Designer’s Original: Update to Double Zippered Pouch