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Who Is Amancio Ortega?

Who Is Amancio Ortega?

He’s wealthier that Jeff Zuckerburg. He’s wealthier than the Koch Brothers. He’s wealthier than George Soros. On the Forbes 2017 Wealthiest People, he’s #4. (Actually today he’s #2 – Forbes does a by-the-day ranking – mostly cause Bezos and Buffett go up and down with the market!) […]

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Sewing Through Adversity

Sewing Through Adversity

My life is pretty calm these days, but, I remember going through some very scary times in my life.  No one’s life is without strife or adversity – no one!  It’s all how we handle it.  Some turn to all sorts of addictive things that aren’t so […]

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A good mannequin

A good mannequin

Tilly and the Buttons is a blog from one of the finalists from the Great British Sewing Bee (which we don’t get in the US – Grrrrrrr – cause it’s a really great show on sewing). She’s a really cute gal, and today she talks about mannequins […]

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And Now For Something Fun……

….and inspiring and empowering and back to what I love.  Now this started out very sad and ended very, well and fun, so the fun applies to the end, not the beginning! Recently – like a couple of weeks ago, I finished a garment for a client.  […]

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A REAL Find

A REAL Find

This is for anyone who sews and for anyone who wants to know if you’re doing things right.  This is a fabulous little film made following the creation of the Chanel F/W04/05 collection from the finishing of the last garment from the S/S04 collection to the showing […]

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Tim Gunn Nailed It (Again)!

Tim Gunn Nailed It (Again)!

Here’s an article (and a video here) by Tim Gunn with some salient info beautifully said.  My fav quote here is this: This is a design failure and not a customer issue. There is no reason larger women can’t look just as fabulous as all other women. […]

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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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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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