Monthly Archives: February 2012

evolution of a sewing space: starting from scratch

so i have what may possibly be the best problem in the history of the world.  get your hate mail ready. i’m in the process of kitting out not one but two dedicated sewing areas. just for me. one in … Continue reading

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because i can’t let it go: still more downton dressing ideas

working on my titanic-style dress for this week’s sew weekly got me caught right back up again in the arms of my ongoing obsession, downton abbey.  which means, dear readers, you will have to suffer through still more thoughts on … Continue reading

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the sew weekly: the “i’ll never let go” dress (vogue 8409)

The Facts: Fabric: cream-colored cotton embroidered eyelet from B&J fabrics; green silk from paron annex; red(dish) silk charmeuse from mood fabrics Pattern: vogue 8409 (dress), simplicity 2412 (slip dress), simplicity 1920 (belt) Year: modern (dress and belt), c.1930s (slip dress) … Continue reading

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the sew weekly “oscars”: inspiration

this one’s been on my drawing board for almost a year.  it’s maybe too easy an out, but part of the reason i decided to try TSW was to bring pieces off the board and into real life. since my … Continue reading

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casual fridays: wherein i look like a target advert (also, red jacket progress)

nothing me-made this friday, just a snapshot of my jason wu for target top.  i had the bag today, too. t-shirt:  jason wu for target jacket: elie tahari, circa 2004 trousers: rag&bone shoes: red ballet flats (not pictured) actually, i … Continue reading

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easily distracted by shiny objects (with fangs) (not a sewing post)

Friends, excuse me while I geek out on a combination of factors.  I’m a writer by training, did you know that?  (probably not.  To call my style “long-winded and excessive” would be an understatement.  I actually get hate mail about … Continue reading

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the sew weekly: the “marian the chanel librarian” skirt (self-drafted pattern)

The Facts: Fabric: chanel-style wool woven from mahlia kent in paris Pattern: self-drafted skirt, originally based on simplicity 2099 Year: 2011 Notions: zipper, 2 1/2″ grosgrain ribbon, skirt trim Time to Complete: 3 hours First Worn: February 7, 2012 Wear … Continue reading

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what i have at home instead of handmade ryan gosling

i’ve been really busy and really tired lately, and keep doing other things–like pattern drafting–rather than actually sewing.  i’m the kind of procrastinator who puts off the work by stretching the preparation for the work as far out as possible.  … Continue reading

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on jason wu for target and other monday morning thoughts

a few thoughts, put together a bit haphazardly on a dreary monday morning. by sheer coincidence–and slight contrivance–i was out in suburbia when target dropped their jason wu collection.  i was visiting my parents, about 50 miles outside of NYC … Continue reading

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