Archive for November 2013

I Get Headlines Every Morning….

….and they are mostly about sewing.  They are amassed from various headlines throughout the internet.  But the one thing  notice above all else is the variance between media…… like this from print media: Groups Sews Pillowcases For Needy Now, I have no doubt that the needy are […]

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To Rent or To Sew

There’s a site now where you can rent a dress – say you have a special occasion coming up and you want something, but only for that event and you’d never wear it again.  Or say you need something fabulous, you might wear it again, but you […]

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The Sewing Machine…..

is pretty amazing when you think about it.  Think about trying to mimic the hand sewing process: stick threaded needle in with one hand, reach under fabric, pull it out, stick it in under fabric reach around top of fabric pull it out again. That’s a really […]

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Love Sarah’s Blog

Caution: Claire’s on one of her soapboxes again….so there’s lots of screaming in the blog so turn down the volume on your computer!!!!! 😉   Meet Sarah…….. Sarah is a lovely lady who has been on an experiment (click on the photo to read her blog this […]

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A New Teleseminar

Not long ago, I hosted a free teleseminar where I answered some of your most burning questions about sewing and making clothes “fit.” It was a huge success and while I answered a ton of questions, I wasn’t able to get to them all. So, we’re doing […]

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Designers and how to look at their clothes

More than once I’ve said that designers almost HAVE to design stuff that’s pretty outlandish to get the attention of the jaded and experienced eyes of the fashion magazine editors. To do that sometimes they appear to do some pretty crazy stuff. Marcy Tilton who makes regular […]

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The Longer Skirt

From the other day, the idea of wearing longer skirts brought up some interesting subjects. Of course the first thing to consider on a longer skirt is proportion, and this is key when you’re talking about this longer skirt.  The classic length of the skirt should be […]

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Some Royals Worth Noting

The thing about royals (and folks in government period) is that they have to be stylish (you don’t want them looking like they aren’t up on all the latest in news and developments) and yet they can’t look too avant-guarde or else they’re a little weird.  So […]

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Student Update!

I had another wonderful class- mostly shirts, and had a lot of fun with the students….. We started with Kitty and we did a great fun altering her pattern.  She picked out a bodice that she liked, and we transferred the collar from Simplicity 2339 (yeah, it’s […]

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Vogue’s New Winter Patterns

There are some very interesting patterns here and I thought it would be interesting to spotlight a few of them that are particularly good. This doesn’t look like much but it’s got some great fitting lines.  If you are busty or need a lot through the bust, […]

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