What was I doing last week when I missed uploading a blog post? Nothing much — Just played hooky from the weekly schedule. I am apologetic. But, did you really miss the post? Probably not since our online-pervasive lives threw lots more sewing content at you. I’m good with that. Let’s move to what I… Read More “Winter” Wardrobe Staple: Striped, Ribbed Knit Long Cardigan.
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
Credit header image: Burberry Time was, I associated grommets and safety pins in fashion with the punky, goth look. Since then, acceptance has had a slow but distinct climb to grommet-eyelet acceptance. Finally, I dipped my toe into the world of shiny little grommets and pins on everyday clothing where the grommet/pin combination formed a… Read More Grommet and Pin Vibes
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’m not sure what to title this post, but read on and you’ll see what I mean. Also, there’s a sewing tip at the end, should my basic sewing friends be interested. In my childhood we played a word game where one kid said a random word and the next kid would say a word… Read More Accidental Core Wardrobe? Or Fabric “Thread”?
Please accept my apology for not staring at my old button sew-on foot long enough. Here’s an edit to the last post, where I compare the new Bernina Button Sew-On Foot and my old one — both #18. A couple of days after uploading the previous post, something nagged at me. I went back and… Read More Chatty Post: Button Sew-On Foot (Modified Info); New Robe; Sewing Man Hammie; Florence Henderson Mullet.
I’m very sure, dear readers, that many of you cut multiple sewing projects at one time and stack them up ready to sew. I never did – until now. Because, isn’t that a sure way to collect a pile of unfinished items? My modus operandus is about sewing one wearable completely before starting a new… Read More Road to Speedy Sewing: Does Cutting Out Multiple Projects in One Session Work?
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
Source of original piece: closet of family member. I never could wear it for reasons that will be obvious in the “before” picture. Assessment: It is a size Small and here’s pre-upcycle proof. It needed width from the armhole-level down. The neck is a size small but not too constricting. Teeny tiny buttons and button-loops… Read More Upcycling Continues: Blue Silk Broadcloth
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”