Archive for the Sewing Category

My Fashionista Past (and Present)!

Many times I’ve talked about how you can sew to drive even the most ardent fashionista green.  It’s true. I know. I did it for years.  I still do it today. While I was in the waning stages of my apprenticeship under my mentor, I was sewing […]

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Sewing for Claire

As soon as I get my calendar straightened out, I will do an update on what I’m doing for myself – my take on the Breton Shirt from Hot Patterns, an Ultrasuede jacket in Palm Beach Peach – it’ll be that great orange for spring and summer […]

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Questions on Croquis

I did a little video on how to use and what value a croquis can be.  The most important thing to remember is that this is a process and as such it is ongoing.  IOW, do NOT expect to get the design right the first time.  The […]

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Croquis – What, Why and How?

Croquis – no it isn’t this year’s latest flu virus (thank heavens).  So what is a croquis?  Technically, a croquis (crow-kee’) is a rough preliminary sketch (it’s French, hence the pronunciation).  Please note the below illustration is a warped view of the human body – the legs […]

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The Shoulder – Follow-up

I knew there would be a lot of response to this shoulder business, and it’s really hard to put all this in one post. But here are some common issues that might cause you frustration when you’re designing and fitting this part of the bod.  As a […]

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The Shoulder

This may not sound that important, but it is.  It’s said that the first thing a person sees in another person is the face, then you start down, and so next is the shoulder.  For me as a designer, that’s where my stuff starts, so it had […]

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Size, Shape and Style – Part 3

This is the final part of the Size, Shape and Style series, and yes size is important, but believe it or not it’s probably the easiest. It’s pretty easy to figure this one out Usually somewhere on the envelope are measurements for various parts of the body.  […]

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Taking Care of Your Stash (whatever size it is)

I just became the wonderful beneficiary of some beautiful fabric – and I do mean beautiful.  Plus this lovely friend sorted out all the colors I do not like nor will ever wear and so I fell in love with everything (green in every possible shade, oxblood […]

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Olivia’s Dress

Let’s take a closer look at Olivia’s dress and what made it work and how you can use that to make a dress like this for yourself. OK – let’s start with a given here.  This is a couture dress, designed for Ms. Spencer.  That means that […]

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Haider Ackerman

NOTE:  I think this got posted, but I’m not sure – so I’m posting it again (I’m learning the new format of WordPress!) Deb asks about Haider Ackerman and his fall show and how to adapt his designs for patterns.  I love stuff like this so here […]

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