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16 Jan Marcy Tilton Leggings & A Notebook Giveaway

Many readers asked about the Marcy Tilton Leggings I was wearing in the last post. Believe it or not, they are the first pair of leggings I've sewn. I bought several yards of a polyester two-way stretch fabric at Mood Fabrics in 2013, some of which I used it for the inserts in this dress in October. It seemed appropriate legging material and so in late November I started the pattern which I just recently finished. If you are a Pattern Review Website reader, you know one of the review questions is - Does your garment look like the one in the pattern photograph? Well, yes...

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09 Jan Introducing the 2015 RTW Fasters!

This year the 2015 RTW Fasters are going at it alone, but I would hardly call them a ship without a rudder! It is truly a thrill to sponsor this group of new and returning RTW Fasters on the blog. Why sew rather than buy clothes for one year? I started my first Ready to Wear Fast in 2011 to save money, but the RTW Fast led me on an interesting journey of self discovery and enlightenment. No doubt I improved my sewing skills, but the fast led me to experiment with new styles and colors, develop a sense of discipline and a sense...

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31 Dec The Kitchen Sink

Dear Readers ~ Many thanks for your enthusiastic responses to my last post! It was simply heartwarming to hear from you :) The end of the year roundup is not one of my favorite posts to write. I find it difficult to choose favorites with anything. I can’t name my favorite song, meal, movie, book or vacation spot, however I find it very important to review, reflect and learn from my experiences. Sewing during 2014 took on a life of its own with a second Ready-to-Wear Fast accompanied by a wedding. I bought nothing yet sewed fewer garments than I expected, which...

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17 Nov RL Cashmere Refashion

I often read and hear conversations about whether one really saves money sewing clothes. It's all relative of course. With the exception my two Susan Khalje garments and Mother of the Bride dress, I've spent very, very little on clothing. Personally, I love comparing what I've spent on sewing and refashioning clothes to what I would spend buying similar garments. Case in point:   Sweater: Exclusive for Intermix for Intermix Oversized Boyfriend Crew S...

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16 Nov Guest Post – RTW Faster Julie Starr

If you visit the Pattern Review website then you certainly have seen the gorgeous clothes and helpful reviews from Julie Starr. We live on opposite sides of the small state of South Carolina, but I had the pleasure of meeting this lovely woman last year. I was so pleased when Julie signed up for the 2014 RTW Fast and found her post fascinating while reading about the way her sewing is influenced by her daily surroundings. Enjoy...

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05 Nov Guest Post from So Sew Simple & the Marcy Tilton Giveaway Winner!

  I still find it hard to believe that nearly 400 lovely women joined me for the 2014 Ready-to-Wear Fast! In January, I created a 'Secret' Facebook page for the RTW Fasters. The lively news feed which features all things sewing has served as a source of support and encouragement during the year, and has created a spirit of camaraderie among the group. Now in month 11, the RTW Fasters have sewn quite a collection of garments. Equally as important, they are approaching a huge achievement which extends beyond their new clothes.  Today, I'm pleased to introduce Denise from the blog  So Sew Simple. Denise has made some great garments this year and...

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02 Nov Marcy Tilton Interview & Giveaway!

A Marcy Tilton interview and giveaway? It's true! Get yourself a cup of coffee or beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy! _______________________ I am so pleased to announce the utterly creative Vogue Patterns designer, Marcy Tilton is kicking off my series of interviews with leaders in the sewing industry. When I think about how I'd live my life differently if given the chance, I'd certainly be more adventurous like Marcy Tilton, who in the mid 70's, with a group of friends,  drove  from Denmark to Kenya. When her clothes began to wear out she bought wonderful cotton fabrics from the markets and made herself...

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31 Oct Scuby Dooby Doo & Giveaway Winner!

Although sewing Halloween costumes are but fond memories these days,  I could not resist the vivid holiday colors in this Scuba Knit ordered from B & J Fabrics. What does the dress really look like under the 20-year old Eileen Fisher cardigan, you wonder? Here is the front, and here is the back ;) What a fun dress this was to sew! If you have never sewn with Scuba Knit I encourage you to try it. Many scuba knits feature high-resolution digital printing almost resembling photographs. It is nearly impossible to make a garment too tight when sewing with this fabric  - scuba knit is...

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Draping

27 Oct A New Giveaway and Demo!

“DRAPING is the term for using fabric to create a design directly on a mannequin or dress form. It is an essential skill for a fashion designer.” _________________ As in almost every subject, the possibilities for learning and growing are endless. Sometimes I think the more I sew the less I know, but the good news is that can easily change :) I have always associated draping with ancient Athenian clothing until yesterday upon opening a package from Laurence King Publishing. I was asked to promote an upcoming class in New York led by Karolyn Kiissel, author of DRAPING, The Complete Course. Laurence...

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