Archive for the Joy of Sewing Category

And what to my wondering eyes should appear…..

No it’s not Santa, but almost as good. Remember Ms. Menkes great coat from yesterday…well, what should I get in the mail today (it’s always a banner day) my new Burda.  I always find something fun in there. And this month something REALLY extra. I think this […]

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The White Shirt Fabric

OMG – if there’s a fabric that’s perfect and has been created perfectly for the white shirt it is LONG STAPLE COTTON I swear you put your hand on this stuff and you’ll drool for hours.  It looks like a very subtle, high quality silk, but it’s […]

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The White Shirt

Like the LBD (Little Black Dress) the white shirt is a mainstay in any well-appointed wardrobe. Why? Cause it goes with so much…. (OK – it’s summertime, but I’m wistful this morning thinking of summertime sunsets at night and not in the middle of the afternoon!!!!) It […]

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Can I brag?

I have the best clients, but what gets to be so fun is when I have great clients AND a really great job. That’s what this was and was so much fun!!! This was a gown first worn by the bride’s maternal grandmother and with a veil […]

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This is not your grandmother’s sewing any more…..

This is a very popular topic over at STC Craft on one of her more recent blogs.  She had the famous  Gertie (of Blog for Better Sewing fame), do a guest blog and it’s a great subject. They discuss the new rage amount young 20 & 30 […]

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Be Gentle With Yourself

I know I used this in my last post and even though everyone understands it, do they really? Here’s a wonderful article by a cancer survivor, and yes she talks mostly about the post-cancer survival, but one of her survival venues she uses is sewing. I liked […]

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From Beginner and Beyond – Making that Leap to the next level

Let’s be honest.  There’s no secret pill or certificate that will give you the professional results automatically.  Even after you have learned all there is to know about sewing (as if you could) and making a garment, if you’re not using it and honing that skill, you’ll […]

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From Beginner to Beyond – Fabrics

Synthetics, naturals, weaves, content – how do you tell all this apart?  And even more to the point – how do you pick what is suitable for your pattern or idea or project? Some of this is experience, but a lot is just old-fashioned knowledge. There are […]

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From Beginner to Beyond – Choosing the Project

OK – let’s jump right in…..First Project on your road toward advanced sewing.  Most of the time I recommend a Shirt or Top pattern, depending upon the time I have in my classes, I really like to start with a shirt that has a collar stand/band, collar, […]

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From Beginner to Beyond….Time

Time is probably the most valuable thing we have, especially as we get older.  But even as  Einstein might suggest that time is relative….on Earth for us now, it still passes at an even pace, as we as humans are bound to it, so it is precious […]

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