Monthly Archives: August 2012

initial dyeing results (and green feet)

not bad for a bowel resection, am i right?  my sister maintains that it is “muddy.”  i am not sure what t-shirt she is looking at. her beloved spiral that took 15 minutes to pleat and spiral because she wanted … Continue reading

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experiments in color with my atelier slave

file this one under crazy ideas. a few weeks ago, my sister came home to do a medical rotation and spend some time on the home front.  fulfilling my duties as camp counselor, combined with a crazy idea and the … Continue reading

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intrigued review: gertie’s new book for better sewing

i received my copy over the weekend. the book is gorgeous, but i definitely have some opinions about it. they are my opinions, mine alone, and not intended to be upsetting. i think gretchen’s book is an important addition to … Continue reading

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the sew weekly “collar me beautiful”: leanne marshall to the rescue

The Facts: Fabric: re-used fabric from this dress, plus cotton batiste for bodice Pattern: Simplicity 1755 Year: 2012 Notions: zipper, petersham ribbon Time to Complete: 1.5 hours First Worn: august 23, 2012 Wear Again: yes Challenge Theme:  “collared” almost two … Continue reading

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refashion: vogue 1229 + simplicity 1920 = (almost) sewing awesomesauce

so we started with this: i think we can all agree on “meh” as the operative term here.  and it didn’t fit.  or look flattering.  i soon began scheming. the spring 2012 issue of sew stylish featured an intriguing redesign … Continue reading

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finished: tortured truffle with a touch of yellow

The Facts: Fabric: rayon-silk blend from paron’s annex; contrast flounce “facing” liberty of london from fabric.com Pattern: Colette Truffle (UFO version here) Year: 2012 Notions: zipper, lace, hug snug rayon binding Time to Complete: longer than it should have First … Continue reading

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area 51: tortured truffle with a touch of yellow

i’ve mentioned before that i’m a big fan of supporting colette patterns.  i think i also mentioned that in spite of all of my admiration for the work that sarai and her team put into their blog, their writing and … Continue reading

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weekend sewing sweatshop

there are few better ways to spend a lazy, rainy Saturday than by working through a pile of issues projects. as you can see, I had plenty of help. counting it off: 4 princess bodices, including fashion fabric layer, underlining … Continue reading

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moriarty was real.

starting point: results:

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the sew weekly “olympics”: 40s-inspired wimbledon whites (simplicity 1507, better late than never edition)

The Facts: Fabric: cotton eyelet from paron’s, underlined with cotton organdy from Mood Pattern: Simplicity 1507 (previously made here) Year: 1940s Notions: zipper Time to Complete: longer than it should have First Worn: august 8, 2012 Wear Again: yes Total … Continue reading

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