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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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VIDEO: Silk Velvet Pleated Pants

'Sewing Silk Velvet Can Be A Beast!'

Secrets to sewing on silk velvet...

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Two New Vogue Patterns for Winter and Holiday

Asymmetrical 'Ruffle' Jacket and Slim Lined Soft Pants with Origami Hem Detail

The new Winter/Holiday Vogue pattern release caught me by surprise, a reminder that fall is moving along fast and winter and the holidays not far behind. I'd love to make a version of this jacket and pants to take to Paris in a few weeks, (well, maybe). In the meantime, here are some insights into these two new patterns...

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Nancy Murakami Is My Sewing Guru

Nancy Murakami's clothes are practical but always with a twist, she tweaks and adapts as she goes and the results are always interesting. She tosses the fabric in the washing machine and dryer, puts things in the dye pot, cuts up the fabric and puts it back together again, cuts holes in it and...

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Gwen Spencer's 2 Dresses

I want to sew more like Nancy Murakami and Gwen Spencer. Their projects never cease to inspire me, each with a distinct sewing style. You may know them from our booth at the Puyallup Sewing Expo. Summer is still percolating along and I must share these inspiring summer dresses from this talented duo....

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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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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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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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Paris Windows

In one of the most beautiful springtimes in Paris, the shop windows are full of interesting things, some giving a glimpse into the future....

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