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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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The Hoodie: Hiding in Plain Sight

Worn by men, women and children, beloved by skateboarders, athletes, students, the uniform of tech geeks, the hoodie is a garment so universal it can almost render a person invisible....

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Holiday Twin Set

A Little Last Minute Holiday Sewing

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New Favorite: a little bit funky


The ONE item I know I will aways wear is a black cardigan, collect them in different weights for all seasons. This summer weight little black cardi is the result of my resolve to sew things I wear in everyday life (as opposed to too fancy-schmancy). After the last closet clearing frenzy, realized once again that I have far too many 'special' garments in the closet that are much too 'good' to wear for my daily working life at home. Three trends I saw in Paris that I wanted to incorporate in this piece are...

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Early Fall Marcy Pattern: A Top For All Seasons

Two new Marcy Tilton patterns are in the just released fall Vogue pattern collection. Vogue 9216 features a slim lined vest with tucked away darted pockets and a narrow ponte jean. The second design, Vogue 9207, features a top/t-shirt that combines knit and woven. A big plus is that the vest, pant and top all work and layer together. This blog highlights the top with another blog to follow on the vest and pant combination. I'm working on a version of the vest right now and want to share that with you as soon as it is done...

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Merci Beaucoup + Summer Tunic

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Easy Peasy Soft Summer Pants

Loving summer at home where my wardrobe needs are basic, but I still like to play at creative dressing. One summer design focus is ‘work’ clothes, a relatively unexplored category, for me as I tend to make things that are too precious or too dressy. It promises to be hot, and I’ve been craving soft light yet clothes with pockets in fabrics that make me feel good and at the same time that can stand up to daily home/work life in the country, where I cook, clean, sit at the computer, take photos, play with animals, and sometimes sew. First on the studio list is to make soft, light weight, flattering AND comfortable pants...

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A Summer Dress for Shelley

Our highly creative ArtBarn team are experts at pointing out special fabrics that could go unnoticed. Last week Shelley put together out a couple of her favorites, I had an aha moment and we decided to make it happen…

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Paris Windows #2

Paris springtime windows are full of hope for warmer weather. Shown here from the original Hermes store on rue St. Honore, tasteful neutrals shown on stylized mannikins based on somebody, just who I cannot determine. They exude a certain hauteur, sporting big hair, black cupid bow lips, bringing to mind a whiff of Marge Simpson with a Paris makeover.......

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