Using a Border Print for a Circle Skirt

I bought some spectacular fabric that was a border print. I automatically thought of making a lovely gathered skirt with the border at the hem and I was very happy with how it turned out. A little casual. Going out. You can see that it's beautiful and versatile. The...

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Details

It's the last day of February. On the first day of February I launched my new business of selling custom, hand made skirts on Etsy as well as custom sewing for people who are more local to me. Over the last 4 weeks I have made a lot of skirts - 8 of them - both...

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Project of the Year

Last year I watched a fabulous sewer named Leanne Barlow make a gown each month. She designed and draped and sewed them all. She bought accessories and gorgeous shoes to go with all of them. You can check it all out on her blog and follow her on Instagram if you love...

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DressMaker

I come from a long line of textile people. In the most recent past both my mother's mother and my mom were dressmakers. My grandmother worked in a dress factory until she retires. My mom made custom formal gowns and bridal as long as I can remember. She also made...

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A Look Back – Favorite Posts of 2018

In December of 2017 I wrote about what blog posts of mine were the ones most visited over the year. Some were surprises and others were not. I thought it would be fun to look at that again for 2018. So here are the top ten most visited posts of 2018. 10. Looking to...

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Skirt Project – Putting the samples on the loom

Not much progress since last week. I'm about halfway through threading the heddles for my samples right now but I thought I'd talk my way through this with you and tell you what I'm thinking. It helps to get it all out and really think it through.  I've been putting...

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Skirt Project – Merino Sampling

If you have been following the skirt project from the beginning you understand that the skirt project no longer is only about skirts and more about fabric and all kinds of garments. The next project is going to be a blazer or jacket of some sort. And it's going to be...

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Harris Tweed – Real Beginnings

I have a tendency to procrastinate projects. Often it is because the fabric I'm wanting to cut is rare or expensive, sometimes it's because I'm not sure I can do it well, other times it's because I'm not exactly sure how to do it or if my plans will actually work....

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Two Jackets

What's the difference between a blazer and a jacket? I googled and found this article saying that the main difference is that a suit jacket is made from finer materials. It also gives two possible reasons for calling them blazers. Of course it is all about men's suits...

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