Author Archives: Claudine

Selvedge Magazine

Please allow me to introduce you to my very favorite magazine of all time. First, let me tell you how we met. When I first moved to London in 2007, and, you know, took care of some of those pesky details like where to send the kids to school, I made sure to check out […]

I Knit A Sweater!

Hey, look at me! I knit a sweater! I think I’m starting to get the hang of the whole knitting thing. I started with some lovely variegated wool yarn. I knit the whole thing in the round without a pattern. It was a little nerve-wracking, especially toward the end when it looked like the neckline […]

Melton fun

This is a project that I have been planning for a while. It all started during a shopping trip to the Dover Street Market in NYC in the summertime. I had been to the DSM in London, but the New York outpost was new to me, and it has some covetable merchandise. And the staff […]

3 Prints and a Texture

This skirt is totally how I am feeling this fall. I may never take it off. The prints are linen, I think, and the texture is a lightweight cotton. I like the way they blend together. I drafted the pattern myself, and lined it in silk twill.

Now on Instagram

Way back in 2007, I started this blog as a diary of my sewing projects. I still love looking back at old posts and seeing clothes that I had completely forgotten about. Often, I’ll see something that makes it back into heavy wardrobe rotation after being on the back rack in my closet for years. […]

The Great Unveiling

Tadaa! My goal with this project was to make a coat that is as close as possible to the sample coat on which the pattern is based. I think I did all right. The pattern I used was Vogue 1419, and I saw the sample on a visit to Vogue’s offices for a blogger event. […]

Round Shoulder Coat — Progress

It’s taking shape!

Round Shoulder Coat — Fabric

When I saw the sample garment for Vogue 1419, I thought it would be a fun challenge to make a coat as close as possible to the sample. It seemed like the original coat was made with a wool gabardine fused to another fabric. Perhaps the inside fabric was a fusible interfacing, but the hand […]

Round Shoulder Coat — Post #1

A few weeks ago, I attended a a very enjoyable gathering at the McCall Patterns offices. The main attraction (for me) was the opportunity to see the sample garments for their fall pattern collection. I fell hard for Vogue 1419, which I had already ordered. It went straight to the top of my sewing list. […]

Fall Floral

My fall sewing list includes a floral blouse. A couple of weeks ago, during Peter’s MPB Day, I purchased an autumnal floral from Chic fabrics. It’s a cotton-lycra blend. The collar came from a blouse in Burdastyle 9/14. Unfortunately, the blouse, as drafted, has a peplum. I don’t have anything against peplums, per se, but […]