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?
Happy New Year! I’m kicking off 2021 with a short post about the late Pierre Cardin’s connection to this flight attendant uniform, circa 1966. Well, he designed the outfit, so it’s more than just a connection. Back in 1966 Cardin designed the flight attendant uniform for PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) – it was groundbreaking in… Read More Pierre Cardin and the Airline Connection
As always, please read through to the end :). Not sure why there seems to be a “meh” response to the Pantone Colors of the Year 2021. I love the yellow and the gray — individually and together. You can see in the image below that I already own both colors and had the eureka… Read More Illuminating, Ultimate Pantone 2021 Color(s)
Happy Holidays to all! Here’s my tiny Christmas tree — I know it’s lacking in a topper but it makes me happy. The topper issue will be addressed in 2021. The Street Urchin Look (below): You can call it “primitively patched”, crappy mending or whatever, but I’m dubbing it the “street urchin” style of mending;… Read More Mending: The Street Urchin Approach
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
Hi, everyone! Yeah, autumn has just rolled in, and the days are nippier down in my state. Remember the Color Stories post a couple of weeks ago? Its coming to life slowly but surely. Read all about it, but be sure to catch the “bonus” image at the end of this post! Two fabrics in… Read More Fall Color Story Coming to Life…
Hi, Readers! Tis the season to be cooking, so I think this non-sewing post is appropriately shared today. I’m not sure if I mentioned it before, but I’m always on the lookout for the oldest sewing books I can find. Occasionally, I run across gems that are not sewing related. This is such a book,… Read More “Cookery From Experience” by Mrs. Sarah T. Paul, published 1875.
Hi, all! If you read my last post, I touched upon sewing in capsules (i.e. each wardrobe piece coordinates with the other in a group of garments). I can almost see you rolling your eyes — not another boring lecture on capsules! Not boring if you follow color combinations and “stories” in unexpected directions. So,… Read More Sewing Your Entire Closet. The Nitty Gritty 2: Color Stories I’m “Reading”