In August I was a guest on Ann’s Instagram Live broadcast where the topic was how and why I took on the journey to make all my clothing — almost eleven years ago — and stuck with it. Ann has uploaded it on YouTube and you can catch it here. In this post, I’ll attempt… Read More Sewing Your Entire Closet: the Nitty Gritty 1
Okay, friends, I am done with this “capsule” which started as Neon Spring 2020, morphed into Neon Spring/Summer 2020 and ended up as just Neon Capsule 2020. My sewing speed and time is always over estimated. I love this neon capsule! The inspiration At the time it seemed so refreshing after 2019 winter doldrums; little… Read More Neon2020 Wardrobe Capsule: Complete
I am NOT a fashion terminology expert or a historian; if you are one, please chime in. Please! Palazzo pants are currently living in my brain. I’m obsessed. That’s good, because after elastic-waisted, stretchy, close fitted, straight-leg, boot-leg or skinny-width pants, I’m ready for looseness in my wardrobe. As you can see below (and this… Read More Palazzos, Gauchos, Culottes: Murky world of Pant Names
This plan used to be My Neon Spring 2020; lets drop the word “Spring” from it; the spring of 2020 has been the cruelest season. Yeesh… Neon colors are nice. If you’re afraid of them, might I suggest that you let them grow on you slowly? Notice how the bright coral pants are tempered with… Read More My Neon 2020 Sewing Plan in Progress
I congratulate myself this month for making all clothing that exists in my closet today. I have not purchased a scrap of ready-to-wear since January 1, 2010. I think it turned out well. Well, there are 20 year old special occasion pieces in the closet which are irreplacable, but all new things since 2010 for… Read More Happy 10th Anniversary. It’s Been a Decade of Sewing My Entire Wardrobe.
I am loathe to call it cultural appropriation but “khaki” in my language (Urdu) means dry mud or dust. This well-researched book circa 1995, agrees with that fact. I grew up with my mother and grandmother referring to anything in this subdued light brown shade as a “khaki color”. The term was Anglicized when the… Read More What Does “Khaki” Even Mean?
Well, the excitement got a little dampened along the way. Here’s why: All I wanted was an added pintucked detail to a much loved pants pattern in my favorite ponte knit from Sew Much Fabric. In spite of using all the appropriate threads, twin-needle sizes etc, and all the right sewing tricks, it began to… Read More Finally! White Pants, Vogue 1411
Everyone names their clothing, right? Last week was the “Sheet”(dress, that is). Here is my Blue Lagoon. Heh. This is the latest iteration of the button down, but a bit longer, sleeveless and with a side flare. The inspiration was a Rebecca Minkoff version of a shirtdress, and the sewing stars seem to have aligned. I… Read More The Shirt Making Continues: Blue Lagoon
Hi guys! I’m into mood boards and probably will be forever. Let me explain…. Every other month, I join a local sewing group called “Sewing Fashionistas”. In 2018, our leader Roz (who owns the online fabric shop Sew Much Fabric) facilitated a whole series for creating a wearable, suitably stylish, occasion-worthy wardrobe. In other words,… Read More Wardrobe Sewing Mood Board
Hi guys! I love my SWAP items!! Do u? Before you get nauseated with yet another SWAP (Sewing With A Plan) post, let me explain. I wanted you to see all SWAP items together, in one post. Thanks to my son-in-law Brian for formatting the photos! Don’t the garments look much better without all the… Read More Mini S.W.A.P.: All Together Now