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Student Report

One of the most fun things to teach is when we “knock off” a designer.  And the real truth is that we usually don’t knock it off.  What we do is use the garment as inspiration and develop into a garment that is much more useful and […]

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The Answer to Activewear pockets

I HAVE to have pockets in my activewear.  I need them to be in a place that is out of the way but convenient – yeah, I know that’s not even close to the same thing, but there it is – that’s what I want. And there […]

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Where is fashion going?

Since the first of the year (or at least since the Oscar Red Carpet Fashion Show), there’s been several dominate styles.  Sometimes it’s fun to sit back and take a look at what’s on the street to see how the “normal” folk (if you wanna call them […]

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The Pressinatrix Interview

Yes, that’s right. You read that right. The famous Pressinatrix (and her alter ego, Ann Steeves of Gorgeous Fabrics fame), has awarded yours truly an exclusive sit-down to discuss the pressing matters of sewing. And that’s only the beginning of the groaning puns, so prepare yourself! SA: […]

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Comparing Apples to Apples and Oranges to Oranges!

Just finished a wonderful “Playday” with some of my students.  This is a time when we all bring all our projects including me and just exchange ideas and play and do….the most important thing is that we “invite the muse(s) in the door and she (they) play […]

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Nude is the New Sheer

In recent years (post Grunge) we’ve been going through a lace and that lead to see-thru look and last spring with the fall shows and red carpet season, we saw another trend….nude. Anyone who was anyone wore nude:                   […]

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Extolling the benefits of the Flow

What is Flow? According to psychologist, it is a state in which your mind is so absorbed that you can’t think about other things.  Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says that our state of perception is such that our brains can only handle so much input, after that it can’t […]

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Remembering

Before the twin towers, and before the runners crossed the finished line, we knew the pain that a city suffers after an attack like this.  Those days after, when our local paper made a conscious decision to select just a few of the deceased to feature each […]

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Losing Skills

As many of the artisans, designers and manufactures have lamented these past decades, the skills that it takes to make are being lost little by little. NOTE:  Claire is on her soapbox again, so just be patient while she vents!!! This doesn’t seem all that alarming or […]

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Dressed Up or Dressed Down

There was this blog post this morning on my roundup of RSS feeds, and it poses an interesting question.  For someone who has had to get up early, dressed up (at least for work in a suit, etc.), and commute into town, is now able to work […]

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