Category Archives: Sewing

Quick Tip – Fold Over Elastic for Binding Raw Edges

Here’s one that is very useful for summer sewing. When making certain garments, like camisoles, I use fold-over elastic to bind the raw edges. This gives a bulk-free finish that looks very RTW. To do this, remove the seam allowance … Continue reading

Posted in Sewing, Tips

Vogue 8658 – Some Progress

I did manage to grab a little time to whip together the muslin for this dress. It’s super simple to make straight from the envelope. It took less than an hour to cut out and sew the muslin. Before I … Continue reading

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Sewing – The Next Generation…

We’re fortunate in our town to have sewing/cooking/shop classes in the middle school. They start out with woodshop, then move on to cooking, then sewing at the end of the year. In school, DS the Younger has been learning to … Continue reading

Posted in Sewing, Teaching

A Timely Editorial

 Image: This morning’s Wall Street Journal has an Op Ed piece entitled “Is Internet Civility an Oxymoron?”. My apologies in advance – the website requires you have an account to read the entire piece. But it’s worth picking up … Continue reading

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I may have to drop back and punt on the fabulous vintage dress. I ordered the pattern over a week ago but there has been no sign of it, and I haven’t been able to get a response from the … Continue reading

Posted in Sewing, Style

What is it About Chicago?

 Image: Vicon Here’s an interesting tidbit. Based on some highly unscientific number crunching I have been doing recently, I find that the Windy City has more sewing enthusiasts than any other individual city. How very Kewl! It’s also a little … Continue reading

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Well, What to Work on Now?

March in Boston is such a cruel month. The first whiff of spring arrives. You start to feel lighter and happier, then – bam! Winter sneaks up behind you and smacks you in the head with a 2X4 just to … Continue reading

Posted in McCalls, Sewing

And the Final Top is Done!

Woo hoo! The final top is done. This is for Kit, who wanted something with an open neck, sleeves and ruching. I was going to use Simplicity 4076, but the truth is, I don’t really like the drafting on that … Continue reading

Posted in Burda, Sewing

A Quick Update on the Tops

I haven’t had time for much today, for obvious reasons, but I wanted to post the progress on the ladies’ tops for the “Be the Wonder” contest at Foxwoods. I managed to make two of the four tops. I’ll review … Continue reading

Posted in Burda, Design, Sewing

Next Up – Booty Call!

DH’s band, Booty Vortex, is one of ten bands who made the finals of the “Be the Wonder” contest at Foxwoods Resort and Casino. Next weekend, they will perform the theme song, and hopefully they’ll win the gig to be … Continue reading

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