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04 Jul Poppin’ Poplin!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA! You survived another year, and I made a new dress to celebrate! One of the things I look for when shopping online are fabrics that will work well together, and I had no doubts about these off-white and navy Celtic inspired stretch cotton poplins. from Mood Fabrics.      Cotton poplin with the addition of spandex is a dream come true for casual Summer sewing!  Crisp, lightweight and minimal wrinkling -  what more can I want? Using my own pattern I sewed the bodice with the navy background poplin saving the reverse fabric for the collar, placket and lower band. I generally make lower bands similar...

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26 Jun New Blogroll & a Thrift

Blogging has expanded my life unlike any other undertaking due to the many connections I've made - real life and virtual. Goodbye Valentino links to nearly two hundred sewing blogs through the Mood Sewing Network, the RTW Fasters' Page, the BurdaStyle 2014 Bloggers, and now my new Blogroll located at the top of the page. In addition to filling in the gaps with a new Blogroll, I'm writing today to introduce you to two bloggers - one very new, and one new to me ;) Maybe you already read Featherstitch Avenue. If not, read it. The blog was created in February 2015  by Tracey Hogan, one of my...

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24 Jun The Long and Short of It

During the last ten days I've been on a learning curve, the crux being: Like it or not PDF patterns are here to stay, and I better get on board before I'm left behind! No, I haven't lost weight. I downloaded Grainline Studio's Maritime's Shorts pattern and this was my result.  I've sewn four different PDF patterns with mediocre to moderately acceptable success. Being inept disturbs me, so instead of moving on I committed myself to addressing my ongoing PDF issues. I knew it was me not the PDFs ;) Fortunately, my commitment eventually led to a successful result. To date I've learned:  It is absolutely...

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04 Jun A Lizard, Newspaper, Craftsy and Silk

Maybe you read Pamela Druckerman's New York Times Op Ed on Sunday. It's a synopsis of the commencement speech she gave to students graduating from the Paris College of Art, an American art and design school in France. By the time I reached the end of the column I felt it was written just for sewists and sewing bloggers - especially the paragraph that states it's ok to be obsessive. Druckerman quotes comedian Louis C.K. who says "Anything you do should be better than anything you did before." That statement might have been a joke, but ...

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