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17 Feb Canvas Jacket for S P R I N G

No need to call me Dr. Gunn, but I suppose if I was a physician I'd look a little like this minus the buttons and sunglasses 😉 It takes me very little to get excited about Spring, and after returning from Cleveland's ice and snow to a few warm days of sunshine and blooming cherry trees,  I am keen to sew for the upcoming season. One of these days I might sew a capsule wardrobe, and if I do this is my first piece.  Based on my Capsule Wardrobe Pinterest board one might think I was a capsule wardrobe consultant. I'm obsessed, but...

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31 Jan McCall Pattern Company Interview & Giveaway

 The McCall Pattern Company founded in 1870 is a mainstay of the home sewing industry. Through the years, the pattern companies have undergone numerous business changes but they are still here! I had the privilege of touring the Manhattan company headquarters in 2013 which was very impressive.  I was guided through the conception to realization of its pattern process, and the company truly runs like a well oiled machine. Today the McCall Pattern Company is owned by CSS Industries, and sells sewing patterns under the McCall’s®, Butterick®, Kwik Sew® and Vogue Patterns® brand names. In support of the 2018 RTW Fasters, The McCall Pattern Company is serving...

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28 Jan Blackwood x2

Discovering a pattern that is just your style is pure gold. I have a few and have just added a new one to the collection. Winter just got a whole lot better 😉 After browsing through a stack of Christmas catalogs during the holidays, I was convinced I needed a pair of patterned leggings and ordered Mood Fabric's ultra soft black wool knit with orchid pink medallions. Opening the box of fabric long after the catalogs were thrown away brought me back to reality and I reassessed. The leggings would be cute if I was 10 or on a Scandinavian vacation...

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05 Jan Meet the Fasters and Mood Fabrics Giveaway!

Happy 5th of January and meet the 2018 RTW Fasters! Dear Readers, What a thrill it is to be in the company of over 1,000 women (and two men) fasting from the Ready to Wear scene during 2018. From young singles, moms-to-be, new moms, professionals, newly retired, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, to petite, plus size and somewhere in between, I am accompanied from women around the world representing every continent except Antartica. With varying skills and styles, all of the Fasters have much to offer each other. Whether advising about technical and design issues, sharing great finds or simply conveying a fresh attitude towards...

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31 Dec It Was a Very Good Year……..

Several years ago I asked a woman at a tradeshow about when her business started to become successful. “When I decided to get serious about it." she replied. I believe there is a lot of truth in that statement with intention and commitment playing primary roles in our successes and failures, no matter how large or small the undertaking. While all years seem to have their share of ups and downs some are certainly better than others. Fortunately, things seemed to click this year. After taking time off to promote The Tunic Bible, a return to sewing and blogging in January was refreshing and relaxing. I...

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17 Dec Merry & Bright in Sequins!

I'd say the catch phrase this holiday season is Merry & Bright, and I fell right in line upon seeing Mood Fabrics' glittering silver baby sequined fabric! I've owned a few formal sequined dresses over the years, and while sequined ball gowns are still around, shifting trends in the fabric now feature more relaxed styles from cocktail dresses to t-shirts. I made the dress for an annual Christmas dinner party and chose a simple pattern to keep the dress from appearing too formal. My base pattern is  New Look 6524, a shift pattern I purchased a while ago for the sleeve variations. My original...

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02 Dec The Holiday Tunic

From the moment I resumed sewing garments in 2011, I was obsessed with learning to sew the cute $$$ RTW tops I could never justify buying for myself. My second blog post was about recreating Milly peasant tops, and thus began my journey leading to The Tunic Bible. My first top, a silk peasant top looked quite homemade, but I was blinded by enthusiasm and after my investment of time and effort, I wore it with great pride. My mother bought the silk in Asia and I wanted to please her as much as myself. Six years later I see the progress I've made...

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