Monthly Archives: September 2011

advance 8280: a summer love story

my first… cut on a whim on memorial day 2010.  i used several new-to-me techniques:  i block-fused the facings, i pick-stitched the zipper, and i attempted pleats.  as i may have mentioned, i do often have issues with pleats, and … Continue reading

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gushing review: Kenneth King’s “The Tailored Jacket”

Book Index/Chapter headings Materials Resources Patternwork Preparation and Cutting Body Interfacing Lining Jacket Back Sleeves Preparing the Lapel Facings Constructing the Body Front Final Assembly Installing the Lapel Facings Installing the Sleeves Lining and Finishing Does this book have clear … Continue reading

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vogue 8495: tailoring, finishing and a technique roundup

i’ll start off by saying that, for the most part, i followed the construction order and techniques outlined in Kenneth King’s “The Tailored Jacket.”  supplementally, i utilized “Tailoring:  The Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacket.”  (i didn’t use it … Continue reading

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vogue 8495: where gossip girl and ralph lauren meet vintage elegance

i’m definitely one of those people who is endlessly fascinated by the way clothing is styled and interpreted and, yes, product placed, on television shows.  i’m not just talking about the delectable 60s wear of mad men, either–so many contemporary … Continue reading

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vogue 7967: or, how i almost sewed with a plan (ctd)

skirt: would you believe it took me over a year to just get on with it and finish that skirt?  (literally.  it’s two pieces plus a waistband!)  first i ran out of bias tape–i was finishing the interior edges hong … Continue reading

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butterick 8170: or, how i almost sewed with a plan (ctd)

skirt how it fits on my chart: the skirt, as designed, wraps around and has an oversized patch pocket on the front.  i decided, for my purple version, to eliminate both of these elements, although i can see making the … Continue reading

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gushing review: gorgeous fabrics

well, there is no need to speculate on where ann, proprietress of gorgeous fabrics and writer of the gorgeous things blog (and all-around stellar person) got the name for her shop.  see that on the floor?  yeah, that is my … Continue reading

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