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Pantone’s Colors for Fall 2016

Pantone's Colors for Fall 2016

There’s always a new palette each year, and even though Anna Wintour says that “Fashion is Dead” or “There is No Fashion” there will always be trends, no matter what, and Pantone really does go through and look at the shows and pick out the predominant colors.  […]

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ER, II Exhibit of Wardrobe

ER, II Exhibit of Wardrobe

Yes, it’s THAT queen – THE queen!!!  So what’s so hot about her clothes – and who should care?  It is important, and not for the reason you most think – not cause she’s the queen.  But because she has to look authoritative, but not bossy; legitimate […]

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The Preponderance of Dresses

          So the new Barneys, NY ad has new arrivals for fall.   This is most interesting for the preponderance of dresses.   Almost 3/4 of the styles show are skirts, dresses, long dresses or not pants.   For many decades we’ve seen […]

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Those Details That Matter

So we all know that details on a garment can make or break it.  There’s a ton of them out there, but what are they and why do they matter. There’s a great article in the Wall Street Journal about how some RTW manufacturers are doing their […]

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Movies for Inspiration

Movies have always inspired us, almost since their inception. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a movie has to be worth a million (at least!)  In just a few frames we can see how a garment moves and what it will do while wearing. […]

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What Are The Possibilities?

What Are The Possibilities?

When you talk about sewing and sewing your own clothes, this question takes on a certain aura that it doesn’t normally in other areas. Think of the possibilities in cooking? Think of the possibilities in architecture? Think of the possibilities in designing? They all are filled with […]

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Perfection

I get a lot of students who are looking for the perfect fit, or the perfect garment. The truth:  there is no such thing as perfect in this mortal world. I know you’ve heard that before, but it’s important to really take this seriously.  If you are […]

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Front Bust Dart Alteration

This is one of the most important darts you can learn, so save this post – it’s a gem! Here’s a picture of one of my students, Barbra. Barbra is lucky enough to have a gorgeous bust line and a beautiful waist, and she has really nicely […]

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The Sway Back Alteration

This looks like a confusing alteration, but it’s not – I promise. Let’s walk through the problem and then the solution becomes very clear. First a swayback problem is most manifested by a set of wrinkles around the waist area in back only. Something like this.  The […]

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Yves St. Laurent – a Master

Yves St. Laurent - a Master

I grew up in fashion during the 50’s and 60’s.  It was a dramatic time of change, but the fashions were fabulous and the experimentation going on was really interesting.  What new ways of darting and shaping and dart placement could designers employ to get fit and […]

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