The Crown Costume Exhibit

On Friday April 5th I went to Winterthur Museum in Winterthur, Delaware along with my mom and her friend Vicki. I have been to Winterthur one other time and that is when they had an exhibit of the costumes from the TV series Downton Abbey. Somebody tagged me in a...

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2019 Make Nine Challenge

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my post in December announcing my plans to take part in the 2019 Make Nine Challenge ( #makenine ). It was going to the first time I took part in this challenge which began in 2015 with Lucky Lucille. I loved the idea of...

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Custom Dressmaking

In a previous post I kind of did an overview of my sewing experience but I wanted to give a little bit more detail so let me tell you a bit more of my story. When I was young I was very interested in sewing. I remember a doll I made from fabric scraps when I was maybe...

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Rolled Hem Tips

I love a good rolled hem. It's tiny and cute. It's great to use on finer fabrics like silk, satin and cotton lawn. I have 3 different rolled hem feet for my sewing machine. They are for 2, 4, and 6 millimeter hems. I use the most narrow one for the finest fabrics and...

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Scraps

Today I just have a question. I have been sewing a lot. Which means I have a LOT of fabric scraps. What do you do with them all? Of course the ones that are at least 1/4 of a yard I put back on the shelf but all the other little bits. Tell me what you do.

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Zipper Installation

When I took a sewing class in high school there were no zippers. And it's funny that even though my mom sewed for other people my whole life I never paid attention to her zipper installation. When I went to Pennsylvania in January I asked her to walk me through how...

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Night and Day Dress of the Month

I made a big plan for this year for my own wardrobe. I am going to make a version of the Night and Day Dress from Charm Patterns designed by Gretchen Hirsch. The pattern has the opportunity to make 72 different dresses by combining the different sleeve, bodice, collar...

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Will Washing Hurt it?

It's funny that this is a question I get asked no matter what kind of textiles I'm working with. Not usually in those words but people are often worried about how best to wash their clothing or other fabrics they have in their home so let's talk about different fibers...

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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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