It’s time for a “Nothing’s New” post, y’all. This is what triggered my sewing and fashion thoughts toward the happy but slightly eye-roll event. While this little zig zag detail is not a hallmark of Claire McCardell’s aesthetic, Tory Burch’s interest and inspiration in that detail made for some interesting looks in her Resort 2023… Read More Zig Zag Edge is a Thing in Tory Burch’s Resort 2023 Collection. Inspired by 1940s Claire McCardell?
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.
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
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
Now that I’ve sewn up 5 pairs of these pants in recommended ponte knit, I thought I would throw caution to the wind and make a pair in a stretch woven fabric for the 6th pair. Although they’re both stretchy, the ratio is very different in the two fabrics; my stretch-wovens did not stretch in… Read More Vogue 1411 in Stretch Woven #Denim
This is a dress for waving to the huddled masses. This election year I’m in a constant state of that “bad-taste-in-my-mouth” feeling. But let’s move on – to the dress worn my Mrs Trump (right) at the RNC. Those sleeves!! Pure, sartorial drama. Then I came across this!! Joyce Beatty (left), Democratic Congresswoman from Ohio… Read More Dress Detail of The (Election) Year
I kinda like the term “hack” when it’s applied to sewing patterns; affirms that I’m living in the 21st century. The other connotations of that word give me the heebie jeebies; shudder…. After tracking the cold-shoulder trend way back to almost 80 years ago, my inner Marlene Deitrich propelled me to sport the shoulders. So I… Read More Sewing a Renfrew Hack: Cold Shoulder Version
I am incredulous that until now, I didn’t know about Manuel Pertegaz, a Spanish designer of the 1950s, who – get this – was invited to take over the House of Dior when Christian died in 1957. Pertegaz politely declined. I guess that opened the way for Yves St Laurent and the rest is fashion… Read More Manuel Pertegaz, Fashion Designer, 1917 – 2014
If you were following the fashion media during New York Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2016 presentation, you probably could not help but notice a common “thread” or two in some collections. The design feature that stuck in my mind was the “hanging seam” or floating seam. I didn’t know it was called the hanging seam until Zac Posen,… Read More Sewing Inspiration: Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016. The Floating Seam
“Always sewing” are two words on this blog header which I aspire to; sadly it is not happening in real life. Below I give you 10 (there are more but let 10 suffice at this time) things which cause a sort of “sewing atrophy” in myself. Morbid word – “atrophy”, but it fits what I’m writing about. Does… Read More “Always Sewing” – Not