Sunglasses? Check. White Dress? Not yet.

This photographed collage of magazine tear-sheets was made to celebrate white dresses. See the girl in the middle with the sunglasses? That’s what I want to look like when I’m on vacation – a casual white dress, sunglasses, and tousled, imperfect beach-babe hair. The white dress is going to get dirty, guaranteed, but this girl […]

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Colette Patterns: so pretty!

I was delighted to find Colette Patterns during my search for patterns and fabric online. Everything about this site is appealing, from the fantastic vintage-yet-classic line of patterns, to the Gallery of finished creations shared by other people. And I think I found the perfect pattern for my red straight skirt – Beignet. The description […]

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Sewing Mysteries: How did they DO that?

I’d like to start a series of posts about Sewing Mysteries. They don’t even have to be vastly mysterious, or extremely complex – basically anything that makes me wonder “How did they do that??” Like this super cute top from Anthropologie. Look at the little flower-like smocking┬ádetail at the shoulders and sides! How did they […]

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Bring on the sunshine: Vogue 8185

I finished this tribal-print cotton dress just in time for my vacation using Vogue Patterns 8185. This pattern is now discontinued but still available on voguepatterns.com here. I just barely had enough fabric for this design – in fact, I had to shorten one of the ruffles in order to make it fit. You can […]

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Fabric Too Beautiful to Cut

Have you ever bought a piece of fabric that was just too beautiful to cut? I have. It’s the most luscious peachy-pink silk brocade, much lighter weight that you’d expect from a brocade, with glimmering gold thread woven in. A friend brought it back from India and now it’s not only beautiful but travelled halfway […]

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Get a Sneak Peek of Your Pattern

Have you ever wished you could see what a pattern would look like sewn up FOR REAL? Not a lovely sketch of what it should look like, or a photo of a 7-foot model wearing the finished product,┬ábut how it would look on a real person? Check out patternreview.com – a site where members post […]

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Top 10 Sewing Projects for 2010

Some people make New Year’s Resolutions. I’m going to make Sewing Resolutions instead! Here is my Top 10 list of the projects I want to make this year: 1. A Statement Coat, in a bright colour. One of those coats that you can throw on over any outfit and look instantly put-together (even over old […]

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