“Color Blocking”: Means Different Things in the Fashion Industry versus Home Sewing Enthusiasts

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

Sewing a Renfrew Hack: Cold Shoulder Version

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

Sewing Inspiration: Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016. The Floating Seam

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