Have you wondered how horizontal lines in dress bodices in highly expensive garments at the bust or above bust level are so straight on a curvy body? It’s never this smooth and straight in stuff you’ve made for yourself. I hereby reveal to you that the unblemished straight seam is achieved with dart manipulation, even… Read More What Dart Trickery is This?
Conventional wisdom says brown belongs in the Fall color palette. Where do these assumptions come from, anyway? Maybe the best muse for humans is mother nature where brown shows up in the autumnal palette. I’m also sure the physiological aspects of color have something to do with the conventional seasonal fashion palettes — isn’t dark… Read More Blue and Brown Palette for Summer
Hi, all. Hope you had a happy Mother’s Day! A slow sewing speed is the new normal in my sewing life — let’s hope it’s temporary. Therefore, I am sharing an in-progress item with you, having given up hope to finish it for wearing and sharing with you today. About this oversize neck placket: I… Read More Work In Progress, and Other (Valentino) Stuff
Being a YouTube rat and an occasional upcycled garment enthusiast, I can’t pass up videos showing garment refashions; I don’t even mind the pesky ads. Here are some channels I follow on YouTube these days; thanks to YouTube algorithms, more new ones show up in my feed regularly. Disclaimer: I am not being paid to… Read More Refashioning Videos on YouTube
I came across the term “pajamaville” in a New York Times article which quoted someone responding to questions about pandemic burn-out. She said that no matter how many lists she makes, “I find myself falling back into deep pajamaville”. Me too, but I’m happy to be in pajamaville all day if i get to wear… Read More In “pajamaville”
Hi readers, my friend Judy took on her caped crusader persona and wrote this piece exclusively for the Sew Everything Blog for awesome filler content during my March hiatus . I am forever beholden to her. Infinite thanks, Judy! _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Hello, Samina’s fans. This is Judy. I have my cape and am here to save… Read More Judy to the Rescue With Scissor Sheath Instructions
The image in the header of this post is from VogueRunway.com — Valentino, Pre-Fall 2016. Make sure you go all the way to the end of this post to see inspiration pictures! In 2020 and now 2021, if you worked from home (or not) and listened to the fashion pundits and follow fashion week offerings,… Read More Fancy and Not-Fancy Pajama Sets: Sartorial Choice for 2021
(The header image above is not my closet but a free download. You can see my partial closet below). Don’t be shocked at the title of this post. I don’t mean stop sewing permanently (hyperventilating). I’m referring to the fact that my closet is now sufficiently equipped for at least six months – maybe a… Read More Do You, or Should You Ever (Temporarily) Stop Sewing?
An important part of creating all your wearables is what I call Closet Content Management. It requires that you must remove and part with your old clothing in a methodical way. The clothing may be old and worn, pretty but not your style, or anything that’s just hanging in there and asking to be done… Read More Sewing Your Entire Closet: The Nitty Gritty #3. Content Management
Every prolific garment maker – you know, the kind who is intent on making her entire wardrobe — should intermittently indulge in sewing small, happy, scrappy, patchworky, projects. My personal take is that it’s advisable to do this, not only for a bit of instant gratification, and a certain euphoric feeling that one gets when… Read More We Occasionally Need to Sew With Abandon