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08 Nov Giveaway Winner and a Pattern Hack

Greetings! Many thanks for the comments and tips regarding machine embroidery. It's coming along very nicely and I'll get there eventually. Congratulations go to PAMELA GIANNETTO winner of the monogrammed towels giveaway! Please send me your contact information to goodbyevalentino@gmail.com by Friday, November 10 or a new winner will be selected. In the meantime I've begun a new dress. Below is the inspiration ~ another Oscar de la Renta from the current Ready to Wear Collection. Lovely isn't it? What I like about this dress is the way it skims the body. Upon first glance the construction looks quite simple ...

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21 Oct Embellishment in Black & Blue

On Monday while sitting at the pattern table at JoAnn's, I overheard a woman interrogating the sales clerk about the store's sewing machines. She railed on about how complicated the new machines are. She said she was an excellent seamstress and all she wanted was a sewing machine without a computer. Then she exclaimed she was too old to learn how to use these new machines...

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10 Oct Party Time! Vogue 8997

Raise your hand if you're an Oscar de la Renta fan. That would be me! Frankly I should raise both hands. I think Oscar de la Renta makes the best party dresses on earth! I'm drawn to the gorgeous fabric, clear colors and flattering fits, especially in the bodice. One of these days I might just break down and buy one, but until that time comes, I'll keep sewing O D L R inspired dresses. Mood Fabric's Red and Black 3-D Floral Brocade has party dress written all over it, and I placed an order for 3 1/2 yards of this mid-weight brocade. Little did...

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