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28 Apr Sip & See

Dear Readers, Since I started sewing again in 2011 I've made hundreds of garments whose total sum equals a complete wardrobe minus a bathing suit and lingerie. My inspiration to sew initially came from high end ready-to-wear, but I quickly learned those garments were only the beginning of my inspiration. Through the years I've met many sewists with enviable skills, style and creativity who draw inspiration far beyond the ready-to-wear scene. From a single blade of grass to exotic travels, creative inspiration abounds for those ready to receive, anywhere and anytime. I have learned so much from so many willing to share their skills,...

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26 Apr Carolina Herrera Stretch Silk

I scored big time finding this beautiful Carolina Herrera Leopard Printed Stretch Silk Twill  from Mood Fabrics.  I ordered the fabric with a wrap dress in mind, but after the fabric arrived I came across a photograph of the Carolina Herrera original and decided to follow the style of the designer with a close fitting dress. I reached for a favorite pattern I have made twice before - Vogue 9047. (Version one is here and version two is here.) The pattern is now out of print but still available on the website, Etsy and other online sources.While the 'original' dress is a sheath with...

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09 Apr Almost Cocktail Attire

In my next life I'd like to live in a historic house in Charleston with a decorative gate and  creeping fig wall. Perhaps you follow Teggy French, one of my favorite fashion bloggers. Last fall her social media led me to Shein, a website of inexpensive clothing where I purchased a ruffled bell sleeve top. When it arrived I hated everything about it...

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