McCall’s 6885 Tag

28 Jun McCall’s Pattern 6885

As crazy as it sounds, I'm trying to spiff up my summer stay-at-home wardrobe. I'm set for going-out clothes, but workout pants and t-shirts don't cut it anymore. This means I have one of those loaded closets with nothing to wear unless I want to be all dressed up with nowhere to go. I even turned to eBay for a few things, but Ready-to-Wear clothing no matter how expensive or cheap has its pitfalls. Everything needed an alteration of some sort, and it didn't take long to hop back on the sewing train. I simply LOVE sewing with stripes! Instant embellishment and...

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07 Nov The Revolutionary Shirtdress! McCall’s Pattern 6885

So much to celebrate! First up -  our book is now available - 3 weeks ahead of schedule :) While we were surprised, we are delighted it was released before holiday madness takes over! With the upcoming year being the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment,  I'm celebrating the debut of A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing with a once revolutionary garment which is now a classic: The Shirtdress. Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote. So why is a shirtdress revolutionary? The Edwardian Shirtdress was one of...

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13 Apr Garment #9 McCall’s 6885

I was briefly tempted to spend $326 on a shirtdress I saw online before walking into a shop and seeing it on a hanger. I snapped to my senses upon feeling the paper thin silk on the shapeless garment. Since I returned to sewing, I have watched many ready-to-wear lines continue on a downward spiral, but wouldn't you think $326 would buy a decent shirtdress? In November, my friend Ruth gave me three beautiful pieces of Korean silk from her mother's collection.After the shirtdress incident I knew what to do with the middle fabric; an exquisite silk twill with a kaleidoscope...

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