Archive for the Design Category

It’s Still The Beautiful That Sells

It's Still The Beautiful That Sells

It was really hard for me to understand the grip that Grunge had on fashion for the last two decades and longer.  That “Ugly was beautiful” was so irrational to me.  I understand there was (as there always is in fashion) a swing away from the opulence […]

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The Tartan Coat

The Tartan Coat

As you all know I love Outlander (the books & the TV series), and get verra many brawly ideas from it.  So here’s the latest inspiration for it. A couple of years ago I did this in a nice tweed and loved it – still love it. […]

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Matching Prints

This is one of those things that is in the eye of the beholder, but even then there are some rules.  One of the best ways to study this is to look at the designers. Here is a Koos from Vogue 1377 and shows a great combination […]

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The Golden Ratio

The Golden Ratio

I posted a photo on Facebook over the weekend, and it looked like some ancient mysterious proportion jibberish, and it’s really not. It’s a very familiar ratio or proportion aid used since the ancient Greeks, but civilizations all over the ancient world used it.  It’s one of […]

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Your Own Style

One of the constant questions, I have in my classes is fitting.  But it’s not what you think.  It’s the perception of fitting. This comes about for different reasons.  The first and foremost is because of the lack of sewing and clothing assembly knowledge in the consumer […]

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Electronic Magazines

Every once in a while I bring this up, but I really love my electronic magazines. Zinio is one of my favorite sites and they have a wide selection of fashion magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, W, Paris Vogue, Vogue Italia,  and then I take some other […]

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Croquis

  Croquis – cro·quis [kroh-kee; French kraw-kee] noun, plural cro·quis [-keez; French -kee] a rough preliminary drawing; sketch. And that’s just about says it all – so that’s all for today’s post!!!   No, only kidding. Kristen, one of my subscribers, had an interesting dilemma over the […]

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The V & A as a resource

While researching the previous blog on the LBD (part gazillion an a half), I stopped on the Victoria and Albert Museum site and it was so full of resources, I couldn’t resist.  The museum was set up as a resource for designers and artisans.  Now talk about […]

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The Little Black Dress – part MMXII….and on

Actually it’s not that many parts, it just seems like it cause you can NEVER get enough of the LBD – NEVER!!! A while ago the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum in London) had a wonderful exhibit on the LBD, and they have a great slideshow of […]

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A History of Sewing

Yep, in 300 words or less, I’ll do a history of sewing here – and I’ve never made a mistake except once when I thought I did, but really didn’t!!!! Ahem – and now back to the real world!!! I’m not going to try a do a […]

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