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
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
The first dupatta rehabilitation is complete, also being the first sewn project of 2022. I think it went well. What do you think? Did you see my previous post? My project was quick to make because I made it my mission to use the details already present there — the block printed borders (all four),… Read More Dupatta (Scarf) Rehab
Refashioning a cheaply made item goes against my grain, but sometimes it is OK to do so. This is a beach cover up by the Banana Republic brand, bought years ago from the company’s outlet store. I can see why it was in the outlet; can you spot the flaw in this picture? If not,… Read More #Earth Month Post #3: Cheap Fashion Upcycle
This summer shirt in light apple green, slightly see-through cotton-linen, is beautiful for extreme summer weather. Why has it remained barely worn all these years? And — why do I look so miserable in the photograph? It’s the sleeves, ya’ll. This Hot Patterns Tuxedo Shirt pattern is lovely, but it’s the hottest part of summer… Read More Its August. Bare Your Arms.
It summertime and the sewing is easy. Next month, it will be hotter ‘n hell in Texas. While the fashion industry and most well-organized home sewers are planning and replenishing their fall closets, I am still trying to sew summer clothes for myself. This striped tunic recently came off my sewing machine in the way… Read More Summertime, Easy Sewingtime….
Dear Readers, If pictures are worth a thousand words, let’s DO this. Posted below for your viewing pleasure are pictures with a minimum of text. Enjoy! J. Crew shirt before and after Inspiration (Anthropologie) Sleeve hack Bias strips, scalloped rotary cutter and gathering foot Gathered strips pin-auditioned and sewn in circles. First rosette Second rosette Third rosette pin-audition Embellishment… Read More Image-Rich, Word-Poor: A Refashion Sewing Post