Happy Holidays to all! Here’s my tiny Christmas tree — I know it’s lacking in a topper but it makes me happy. The topper issue will be addressed in 2021. The Street Urchin Look (below): You can call it “primitively patched”, crappy mending or whatever, but I’m dubbing it the “street urchin” style of mending;… Read More Mending: The Street Urchin Approach
April is Earth month and before it ends for the year 2020, I would love to share a vintage sewing book with you. The New Encyclopedia of Modern Sewing, circa 1946. There is no author, but it is “Edited by Frances Blondin”. It’s Published by Wm. H. Wise and Co., Inc. “Through special arrangement made… Read More Upcycling Clothes in 1946
My sewing vision for year 2020 is simple: just keep sewing. Keep going with the exclusively self-made wardrobe, and rein in urges to sew what doesn’t suit me. That was one of the perks of this past decade of being a maker; I was forced to take a good look and make stuff that was… Read More 2020 SEWING VISION: Just Keep Sewing, but Sustainably
We’re indulging in tulle talk today, friends. My growing infatuation with the fabric has been mentioned before, and the more I obsess over it, the more ideas for tulle I come up with and find in other people’s work. Here’s one idea….. This pair of pants has been in my closet, unworn, for many years… Read More Pant Hem Extension in… Tulle!
Hey you guys!! I wrote a blog post last year about some garments I had made with love and care, but they were a disappointment once I wore them. There were fit, style and sundry issues which made those much-loved clothes stay in the closet. Go here for the gory details. Need fixing, the red… Read More Unwearables: #Refashioned, #Altered and Made Wearable
Hello, friends! I’m back from my blogging hiatus, and sharing this loud but happy top with you today. As a rule, I don’t participate in online sew-alongs and challenges, mainly because I can’t seem to sew fast enough to keep up with other participants; but this time I did. The Tops That Pop sew-along was… Read More Never-Enough-Butterflies Top
Refashioning a cheaply made item goes against my grain, but sometimes it is OK to do so. This is a beach cover up by the Banana Republic brand, bought years ago from the company’s outlet store. I can see why it was in the outlet; can you spot the flaw in this picture? If not,… Read More #Earth Month Post #3: Cheap Fashion Upcycle
Altering: taking apart a whole or part of a garment, making adjustments and sewing it back together in the same style to make it fit better. Millions of American women can sew (30 million is the word on the street) – but its safe to assume that most of them hate to make fit alterations… Read More 5 Shades of Re-Fashioning
Dear Readers, If pictures are worth a thousand words, let’s DO this. Posted below for your viewing pleasure are pictures with a minimum of text. Enjoy! J. Crew shirt before and after Inspiration (Anthropologie) Sleeve hack Bias strips, scalloped rotary cutter and gathering foot Gathered strips pin-auditioned and sewn in circles. First rosette Second rosette Third rosette pin-audition Embellishment… Read More Image-Rich, Word-Poor: A Refashion Sewing Post
Earth Day is approaching! Time to re-use, re-cycle, re-make and whatever re-something you can do. I’m having a ball creating on-trend wearables by re-styling my own clothing. I made this classic navy jacket as a student in a tailoring class eons ago. You can tell; huge shoulders are divulging it’s age. Because of it’s classic nautical style it just… Read More Classic Navy Jacket Becomes Sleeveless Blazer. OK, Vest.