Howdy! I was hoping to finish and actually model this kurta in this post, but did not happen. I should give up trying to hasten completion of garments. However, here is another newborn-baby step. I have hereby bound the neckline. Yay. The silk charmeuse bias strips are not hard to work with at all, lest… Read More All-in-One Neck Binding and Ties.
… I might say newborn-baby steps since all I did since the last post was finish the straight slit I had cut out at the kurta neck, wanting to add straight and uninterrupted piping to the cut edges. Uninterrupted, you ask? How did she get the pointy bottom, you ask. it sure looks like two… Read More The Front Slit: Making Sewing Progress With Baby Steps
I began making this piece, fully expecting to use the expected placket neckline treatment and other usual kurta details; but no, a tied neckline (which is not untraditional) danced in my head, at which point I stopped sewing to consider that option, and the staring began. After two days’ of looking at the half-done kurta,… Read More Stop (Sewing) and Stare (at Your Sewing Project)…
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
Hi readers! I have never managed to implement the concept of pre-scheduling a blog post. Each post goes down to the wire before getting scheduled for Tuesday morning; I’m still writing this when you should be reading it. I was distracted in a bad way by a snowstorm that hit my town and state. I… Read More Snowed in. No Sewing and Blogging
Dear friends, some sewing has resumed after the thumb fiasco, and it’s admittedly quite unselfish of me to even try and finish the project. In this post you’ll see images of this (almost done) shirt made for my brother, and some Sewing Notes to go along with it. No deep thoughts today. Sewing Notes Pattern:… Read More More Shirtmaking and Shirtmusings
……. which I’ve dubbed “eccentric princess of patch pockets”. Claire Shaeffer says in her book that this pocket “suggests spilled liquid”, and I’m filing that factoid under “Awesome Design Inspiration”. Here’s how I went about trying to copy it. As you can see, the final destination of the Schiapparelli pocket is the plaid tunic, Vogue… Read More The Schiaparelli Pocket
My curiosity about clothing design and design details in a historical context knows no bounds. It seems that some details in modern apparel which seem so new and fresh can be traced back into the ages. Conversely, I love new and innovative design which has never been seen before. One such new-old detail showed up… Read More Tied, Asymmetrical Neckline
All the above elements can, and do, exist in cut velvet on a sheer silk chiffon base. In the past, I’ve gifted a couple of friends with lengths of similar lightweight cut velvet. I want to extend my apologies to them. Also, years ago I outsourced my daughter #2’s prom dress to my friend Peggy… Read More Fear of Fabric: Sheer, Slippery, Bumpy Cut Velvet
Good Morning, America!! Heartfelt and sincere greetings on your birthday. I see that you haven’t lost your vibrant, messy, lovable, complicated-yet-simple youthfulness at age 251. So, Happy Birthday, America! I love you and always will. In life and in politics, the best intentions can go in an unintended direction; thus went my sewing plans for… Read More Best Laid Plans….