Pattern: Simplicity 8689 Fabric and Trim: Lightweight cotton lawn, a stash item. Sundry stash trims, also stash items. Tips that affirm the idea that one never stops learning. Also see previous post. Stitch #26 strikes again. It’s also known as a blanket stitch, the appliqué stitch and some other names I’m not aware of, and… Read More Sewing Tips That May Or May Not be Consequential for Your Project
Hi, all! Hope you’re doing well. A memory came back from, oh, 20-25 years ago. How to finish this kind of multi-thread, multi-cord woven braid so that it seems to disappear neatly in the middle of the fabric. Turning it under would of course create an unsightly bulk due to multiple levels of braid components.… Read More Magical Braid Application?
The Obama portraits arrived at the Museum of Fine Art Houston, and on the last day of the exhibit, my daughter and I managed to catch the display. May I say, I adore these portraits. Not just for the artistic licenses, but the inspiration behind each one. But, I only want to talk about the… Read More Feeling Inspired by Michelle Obama’s Portrait Dress
Everyone knows about my obsession with fashion design competitions. Just type Project Runway in the search box on the right, and you’ll find a bunch of competition related fun posts. This 2018 Canadian production popped up in my Hulu timeline. It’s called “Stitched” and let’s just say it’s a low budget version of Project Runway,… Read More Found: Fashion Design and Sewing Competition — “Stitched” from Canada
Beginners, please add this to your sewing steps repertoire. (If you’re an advanced seamstress, feel free to go read my other excellent posts; or find more of tips by typing “sewing tips” in the search box at the top right of this post). No, that is not my cutely manicured hand. The image is from… Read More For Beginner Sewists: 2 Small Things for Sewing Success
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
Yes, I have one that is not immediately apparent. Years ago, I gave away some legit sewing room items, including the sewing machine cabinet and a folding cutting table to make room for guests. To date, I have not bought replacements for reasons I still can’t pinpoint; maybe I don’t want to go to the… Read More Hidden Sewing Areas
Hi guys! Repair your clothes! — You know that perfectly made, much-loved but ignored garment in the closet? (Yeah, I’ve posted about this in the past, but it bears repeating. ). Take a good look at it, why you’re not wearing it, and FIX IT! The principle behind it is that you can stay in… Read More Is Earth Day Over? Chatty, Earthy, Post
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.