Monthly Archives: November 2011

vogue 7937: my very first skirt gets its very first outing

like so many of us, the first project i made was supposed to be a classic, simple skirt.  and i did make that.  sort of.  (first, i made a dress)  i didn’t know that vogue patterns were “harder” than others, … Continue reading

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simplicity 2183: my favorite separates need to come back down to earth now

my desire to make more separates is fueled entirely by my love for this pattern, which got off to an incredibly inauspicious start when i made my first set in january of this year.  i bought the fabric in may … Continue reading

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new look 6001: i’m sew grateful…

that i actually finished this dress! Pattern Description: women’s dress with neckline and sleeve variations. empire waist with tie-backs. skirt hits just below the knee. no zipper/closure, just slips over the head. Pattern Sizing: i cut a straight size 10 … Continue reading

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simplicity 2099: it’s back!

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what to do about the ones that got away: looking for vintage patterns

pattern envy. it’s a common problem, a natural problem when all of us here in the internets are sharing projects and ideas with each other.  it’s bound to happen eventually–how do you prepare?  how do you overcome? really, it’s a … Continue reading

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new look 6001: work in process or flying saucer?

posted in the spirit of the new frabjous couture UFO celebration, i give you (one of my many) WIP/UFO projects, NL6001. i think you can best understand the challenge of this seemingly easy dress when i show you what the … Continue reading

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style in the wild: turning a special piece (vogue 2443) into an everyday favorite

this week, it’s gotten a bit more november-like here in the NYC metro area.  yesterday the temperatures, the feeling of the air, even the smell were all decidedly winter-ish.  i found myself reaching into my closet in search of something … Continue reading

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thoughts on creativity and the learning process

it’s interesting that debi over at happy sewing place happened to post on this during her blogiversary week, because something similar has been running through my own thoughts.  most specifically, i’ve been ruminating (big word!) on the idea that: for … Continue reading

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bag-making: funky, fun and a good way to use scraps? or a waste of time? discuss.

on a recent trip abroad i was faced with my usual dilemma during all trips, whether it’s to the grocery store or to another continent:  an overestimation of my ability and tolerance to carry things. “Overpacked” image from HappyHermit on … Continue reading

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vogue 7270: wherein i have difficulties constructing a cowl

or, the “love and beauty shock” dress–as in, shock that i actually constructed something out of my favorite liberty print of all time without a disaster. happily, and unlike my cotton minako attempt, this crepe-de-chine version came together very easily.  … Continue reading

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