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Mixing Patterns

Mixing fabrics has to be one of my favorite things about sewing. These fabrics were part of a Michael’s Fabrics mailer from not too long ago. They are a stripe and a plaid woven on the same scale from the same yarns. They set my mind whirring. This shirt is sort of similar to a […]

Trouser Comments

Nancy K said…Very nice. People wonder why more men don’t sew, well what exactly should they sew if there are so few patterns? I’ll have to look for that one. Did you make these with traditional waistband? Thanks. Actually, I meant to write about the waistband. Thanks for reminding me. They do have a traditional […]

Trousers for DH

DH’s birthday was, oh, 3 weeks ago now, and on his actual birthday, I got the brilliant idea that I should make him some trousers. So of course I had to finish the project that I was working on first, then start these trousers. He admired the tweed trousers that I made for myself, and […]

Velvet trouser questions

Cindy said…I love the fabric that you used. I would love to make something in velvet but stop when I look at the all the types of velvets…poly, cotton, rayon,silk…since I have only looked online, I can’t touch them! Would you recommend home dec cotton velvet for jackets and bottomweight? And poly/silk/rayon for dresses? Sorry […]

Clothes to wear right now

The cold continues, so I’m still in love with the pleated trouser in winter fabric look. For this project, I used the same pattern as my tweed trousers, this time in a home dec velvet. The backing is cotton, but the pile must be rayon, because it has more sheen than you would get from […]

Fox Stole

When I was a kid, there was this old lady who went to our church who would occasionally wear a fox stole. It was made up of several small foxes with heads, feet and all, and they were arranged in a circle with tails in the mouths of the other foxes. They had glass eyes. […]

Pleated Tweed Trousers

Boy, is it cold here in New Jersey. It’s time for some lined wool trousers I try not to keep an extensive fabric stash, but this fabric has been in my pile for at least 5 years. Near as I can tell, it is a wool/linen blend. I love it, but I could never come […]

Questions on the Crinkle Dress

The holidays are almost over, and boy, have they been busy! Fun, but a little crazy. Now, I’m getting to the questions that you have posted in the comments on my blog. I will start with questions about my crinkled silk dress. Marji said…That is amazing in the simplicity of execution. Thanks for sharing. 
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Wearing plaid dress

There were a couple of questions about how I would wear the plaid strapless dress. Here’s a pic taken just minutes ago of me on my way to a Christmas party. I’m wearing the same silk organza top underneath, but I ironed it.

Party Dress Season

It really does not get any better than strapless, bias cut plaid. And I need something to wear to the Christmas parties. To make this dress, I started with a foundation from an OOP Vogue pattern (2806), made with silk taffeta left over from another project, Rigeline boning and some cotton batting to reinforce the […]