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New Marcy Vogue Pattern For Fall: The Godet Swing Tunic

I'm excited to share this new Vogue Pattern for fall, a fun flattering top/tunic. Designed for knits - you could use almost any weight from a light jersey to ponte....

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On The Road Again

While one of my life goals is to master the art of carry on, for a week in NYC, I'll take a 'short trip' suitcase in addition to the trusty carry-on combo. My travel strategy is...

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The ArtBarn Team Sews Indian Cottons

Our ArtBarn team works with fabric all the work-day long, cutting schlepping, shipping, shooting, naming and...dreaming of what we want to sew!

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The Legend of Betsy Ross


Almost everyone knows the legend of Betsy Ross and her design of the stars and stripes that became the American flag.

It was usual in that day for upholsterers to be flag makers. As Betsy Ross prayed in the pew next to George Washington and had already sewn buttons for him, and she was a niece of George Ross, it is not exceptional that these members of the Flag Committee formed by the Continental Congress would call upon Betsy Ross to make the flag.

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Summery Mesh Knits and Laces

Meshes and laces make ideal summer layering pieces. These are such fun fabrics to play with, use in a single or double layer or layer over an opaque solid or print. I've got a cardi on my design table right now...

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ArtBarn Team Sew-Along With NEW Japanese Cottons & Linens

All of us in the ArtBarn team have been oohing and aaahing over the latest collection of Japanese cottons and linens. In a spur of the moment sew-along, we each chose a cut of a favorite fabric, then over the past week, whipped up a garment to show our customers. Here are the results with sewing/tweaking notes, pattern photos, line drawings and links...

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Summer Sewing With Eyelet, Embroidery & Lace

I’ve been gathering a collection of eyelets, embroideries and lace for the website for months, so when the warm weather hit last week, I hit the studio. Last summer I made black eyelet pants and loved them. This season I'm coveting a loose floaty top, combining a current Marcy pattern with a fabric from our new Eyelet Collection.

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Paris Windows Photo Report: Eyelet, Lace & Embroideries


On a hunch last fall and winter I was attracted to eyelets, laces and embroidered summer fabrics, picking them up here and there. All of a sudden they seemed fresh and new and I had fun hunting them down. When I hit Paris at the end of April, I started seeing lots of these kinds of fabrics in shop windows and displays as shown in these photos. Read more...

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Paris Windows

Darting down the streets of Paris, running errands, on the way to and from meeting friends, dinner, shopping and dodging around streets that are closed because they are shooting a Tom Cruise movie, I take quick photos of clothes in the shop windows that catch my eye. I don't always 'like' what I see, but...

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A Little Black T For Paris

The ONE garment I replace every season and for nearly every Paris trip is a black t-shirt. This is the background piece that works to tie other pieces together.

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