Category Archives: Reviews

from my soap box, i almost can’t see the book review (gertie sews vintage casual)

i’ve recently come to feel that a lot of my life lately is about my feminism. i feel like it’s suddenly me in that long-ago episode of law & order where jack is mocking claire kincaid for her “latent feminism” … Continue reading

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drape. drape. drape-drape-drape-drape….

in saying “drape drape” over and over loads of times to myself i have become completely fixated on the sesame street aliens. WHATEVER. like you didn’t already know i was weird. but this may be more apt than i give … Continue reading

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first impression: papercut patterns

DROOL. in case you were not already aware of papercut patterns, allow me to share a few initial impressions with you. i first came across the NZ-based company earlier in the summer when i saw a pattern called the watson … Continue reading

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downton abbey series 2: more thoughts. and the clothes! (no spoilers beyond episode 3)

ok, i’ve calmed down a bit now.  when i did my series 2 marathon over the winter holidays, my immediate reaction was: that was AWESOME. it’s sort of like if gossip girl was happening during WWI and in england instead … Continue reading

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simplicity 8932: S.W.A.G., ponchos, and cape-pinning revenge

my first garment of the new year, and it wasn’t even for me.  in retaliation thanks, i was forced offered to make my sister a cape of her own.  she’s not much of a cape gal, but loved the idea … Continue reading

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the end of the end-of-the-year UFO parade and how i partied like it was 1920

i know i’d been teasing for a while that i had managed to get access to downton abbey series 2, but in the end i decided to save most of it for a quiet night where i could indulge in … Continue reading

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joining the bandwagon review: the colette patterns book really is all that. and a bag of chips.

Book Index/Chapter headings A Thoughtful Plan A Precise Pattern A Beautiful Fabric A Fine Finish PaperBack or HardBound? best of both worlds–spiral bound with a hard cover. Does this book have clear illustrations or photographs? it’s an interesting mix. the … Continue reading

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gushing review: shaukat fabrics (uk)

Shaukat Fabrics, “The Largest Stockist of Liberty Cotton in London” Have you bought anything from this store? If yes were the prices competitive? there are really few words to describe the insanity of the prices here.  any liberty obsessive fan … Continue reading

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intrigued review: Lynda Maynard’s “De-Mystifying Fit”

Book Index/Chapter headings Introduction Case Studies 1-6 About the electronic format… one the one hand, it’s excellent to keep the book on your computer, ipad, PDF library, google docs or whatever your electronic format of choice may be, especially since … 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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