I bet, dear reader, you’re sick and tired of this particular kurta; so am I, but it’s finished. I just want to wear the darn thing, warts and all—- and I did wear it for a recent event. Yes, there are warts; mainly, the uneven border for which I will be finding solutions. Until I… Read More The completed bandini kurta. Finally. (Eye roll)….
I began making this piece, fully expecting to use the expected placket neckline treatment and other usual kurta details; but no, a tied neckline (which is not untraditional) danced in my head, at which point I stopped sewing to consider that option, and the staring began. After two days’ of looking at the half-done kurta,… Read More Stop (Sewing) and Stare (at Your Sewing Project)…
Hi friends! While writing this, I was pretty sure that everyone knows how to do this, except maybe not my extremely-basic-sewing readers. I wrote it up anyway, and welcome your comments. Lately, I’ve randomly made a couple of quick projects for myself and my patio to keep the creative juices flowing, sort of. (FYI, I’ve… Read More Pillow Sewing Tip at a Granular Level
Who knew!! Grandma’s look is a top fashion trend. As I understand it, Coastal Grandma refers to the comfort-loving style of some affluent, middle-aged women who have retired to the upscale New England coastal areas. Think The Hamptons! Or Nantucket. Or Martha’s Vineyard. Their style is WASP-chic (in my opinion) without compromising on comfort. I’ll… Read More Coastal Grandma Style
(Go all the way down for haute couture inspiration, the pieces are 55 years apart!!! ) But first, my mundane black pants…. Sometimes in one’s sewing life, one needs to get over oneself. Occasionally you may not feel you want to follow all the protocols of good and clean sewing. Such was my trajectory with… Read More Follow the Sewing Feels. No Fine Sewing Today
Sounds like a spy novel but I’m proud of myself for using that phrase here because it is so apt! You may have all the gadgets and notions designed for certain sewing tasks, or you may not. If not, amble into your kitchen and…. we’ll, read on. Chopping board : In the kitchen I used… Read More Secret Lives of Kitchen Tools
If you’re unaware, I sew one muslin a year as a pattern tester for Threads magazine, I follow their general guidelines on the details, style lines and size to include in the muslin —they have standards. Other than that, I am not a muslin maker for myself. I mean, I don’t buy muslin fabric to… Read More A Rare Muslin (aka Toile): What I Include and Ignore
Hello, my people. Im seriously getting into the lace trim area, and hoping to avoid the sickly sweet vibe. If I do, just yell “Stop!”. Disparate elements that may not work in tandem when viewed separately, may gel perfectly when brought together. Such was the case with my princess line tunic (not a kurta). The… Read More A Touch of Lace
I nailed my own illustration! Or did I? After decades of sewing all kinds of fabric, how did I miss sewing a ribbed knit (or rib knit)? This particular one is a bamboo/elastane blend; it handles easily and is extremely comfortable! I bought the yardage from Sew Much Fabric, where you’ll find more colors to… Read More Ribbed Fabric Story
Hey, readers! Hope you all are doing well. Today’s post seems hastily written, but I’ve been saving this title to use as a quick post when there’s no time to do a detailed post. Therefore, this “quickie” post is yours to enjoy (or not). These events happen at least a few times in the sewing… Read More Seamstress’ Truths.