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 might say newborn-baby steps since all I did since the last post was finish the straight slit I had cut out at the kurta neck, wanting to add straight and uninterrupted piping to the cut edges. Uninterrupted, you ask? How did she get the pointy bottom, you ask. it sure looks like two… Read More The Front Slit: Making Sewing Progress With Baby Steps
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)…
Hiya, friends! In my part of the Southern US we’re now doing nice and cool 90 degrees daily. Read all the way down to see a couple of items from Tory Burch’s Spring 2023 line. Time to make a final hot weather top. A chic little bird told me that a white knit tank top… Read More One More Last Hurrah for Summer 2022. Promise.
The header photo is a free WordPress image. I used it just because it’s emitting late summer feels. Just to be clear, that model isn’t me. Hello, all! Summer in my part of the country will go on while the rest of you are resplendent in smart jackets and sweaters this Fall. In the hot… Read More Summer 2022’s Last Hurrah: The White Linen Maxi … and a White-ish Bucket Hat
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
Not sure why the term “color blocking” has diverged where the fashion industry and the home fashion-sewing industry intersect. The sewing enthusiast’s version of the term refers to areas of solid color placed in one garment. The fashion industry refers to solid color separates worn together as color blocking. Hmmmph. Fashion Industry Application of the… Read More “Color Blocking”: Means Different Things in the Fashion Industry versus Home Sewing Enthusiasts
…. where LC stands for Liz Claiborne. Here are the facts: a 100% linen skirt was purchased 21 years ago, worn very few times, acquired oil stains, but saved so I could do “something” with it. The time to do something has come. (Don’t worry, friends. I’m alive and well; just took a hiatus from… Read More Case of the refashioned LC Bias Skirt.
(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
The first dupatta rehabilitation is complete, also being the first sewn project of 2022. I think it went well. What do you think? Did you see my previous post? My project was quick to make because I made it my mission to use the details already present there — the block printed borders (all four),… Read More Dupatta (Scarf) Rehab