Archive for the Sewing Category

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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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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Golden Globes 2016 – Teachable Moments

I asked you all to start out the Red Carpet season with a different outlook than what you normally see or hear about in the reviews the next day.  So let’s look at some of the teachable (learnable?) moments that the Golden Globes provided. First – it […]

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