Archive for the Sewing Category

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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A Perfect Commercial Pattern

A Perfect Commercial Pattern

I’m going through some stuff from Peggy Sagers and found this great quote: There’s no such thing as a perfect commercial pattern.   I love this.  Cause once you realize this, all the pressure disappears. Here’s the deal.   A lot of these patterns are strictly meant to […]

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Fashion and Sewing

Fashion and Sewing

For me they got together like horse and carriage – love and marriage.  They are inextricably connected.  From the very beginning, my love of sewing went hand in hand with fashion.  I could immediately see designs and how they could be applied to me in my particular […]

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To Muslin or Not To Muslin…..

To Muslin or Not To Muslin.....

….that is the question! So, here’s the deal:  If you don’t make a muslin, you’re missing out on a ton of info.  If you do, you get a cheater’s shortcut guide to making the garment you’re working on. It’s hard to think of making a muslin (like […]

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Handmade Quality

Handmade Quality

It used to be that when you said “Hand Made” people said, “Awwwwww, isn’t that sweet,” and then put it in the back drawer, cause nothing could be as good as what you could buy in the store. The problem is, that ain’t so any more. There […]

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Periscope on Pants

Periscope on Pants

On Sunday I did a fun Periscope on Pants: Just in case you didn’t get to see it, it’s here but here it is here too!!! Honestly…just about the time I get things figured out tech-wise, they change.  The site that “caught” all the Periscope vids and […]

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