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15 Sep The Top of Many Lessons

Oh my goodness. I thought this would be sooooo simple – loose fitting, no zippers, darts or buttonholes. My first Peasant Top. I know it's not the Milly top I posted, but I like it.  My mother gave me the silk over 10 years ago, and I used a New Look pattern which I bought last year but never made. The Lessons………. From Cal Patch – measure  and make a “muslin”  for fitting purposes. I’m so glad I did this because I did make some simple fitting alterations such as adding  two inches to the  length From the muslin I decided to use  elastic with...

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13 Sep 350 More Days

Well, it’s been two weeks since I bought any clothes – only 50 more weeks to go. Instead of thinking about what to buy for fall, I’ve had to turn inward and look at what I have….. and what I have needs some variety. There is definitely too much black and too much lime green. This challenge I’ve given myself is definitely stirring the creative juices. I think about how to make everything I see in magazines, in stores and on websites! I’ve made or redesigned four skirts in the last two weeks, so it’s time for something else.  A top, maybe? I...

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12 Sep Matronly Makeover

Is this not one of the most matronly looking suits you have ever seen? [caption id="attachment_93" align="aligncenter" width="145" caption="YUK"][/caption] When my husband walked in and saw this he thought it was a service uniform…  Years ago I bought a beautiful Ralph Lauren black suit which I wore until it was thread bare. When it came time to replace it I could not find anything close to it in my price range. I didn’t have an office job anymore and couldn’t justify the splurge, so I bought this suit from Talbots. That was four years ago and I have worn it once.  I felt...

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