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Archive for September 2012

It’s Fall now, so that means it’s Spring in the Fashion World

Yeah, I know it’s crazy – as the models say they freeze in winter and burn up in summer – they wear bikinis in the winter and heavy coats in the summer. And even though we’re seeing all the latest Fall stuff in the stores (you can […]

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Getting a real grip

The latest rage in all the sewing world is Elizabeth Cline’s Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion. She has really nailed it on so many different levels. Too Much:  First she deals with the whole idea of too much clothes in your closet – she […]

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Be a Fashion Designer?…..huh?

This morning’s list of headlines brings something interesting to light.  Oscar de la Renta, who by any standard is a great designer, as well as a revered one, bemoans the entrance of “celebrity” designers into the clothing biz. I agree. Just because you hit a tennis ball, […]

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From $1,000 suit to a $5,000 suit

This is an excellent graphic that shows the different steps from RTW to Bespoke.  Bespoke is an English term: “custom or custom-made, made to order,” of goods, as distinguished from ready-made, 1755, earlier bespoken (c.1600), pp. of bespeak, in a sense of “to speak for, to arrange […]

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Peplums are hot.  They’re everywhere. A quick search on Google Images brings up this:   Or even this: In September’s newsletter I show you how to take your TNT jacket pattern and make a peplum for it.  There’s all sorts of tweaks and design ideas to go […]

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