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DIY Linen Sheets - Easier Than You Might Think!

I was privy to all the excitement around the arrival of the Pratesi linens here at MarcyTilton.com. There was some talk about using this

wide fabric for making bed linens and I thought ‘oh sure’ — meaning I don’t think so’. Then....

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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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The True Cost of Fabric & Fashion

Lets chat a bit about the fabrics that find the way into your stash...

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Loving Taffeta Now Into Spring

Silk taffeta is a classic fabric and a personal favorite that can be used to dress up or down. Make a ball gown or a shirt to wear with jeans...

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Sewing Geek Weekend

When it is time to get down to business and sew the final-final prototypes for a future Vogue pattern, Gwen Spencer puts a closed sign on the door of her studio and makes the 5 hour drive from Corvallis to my studio...

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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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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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The Paris Plan

Sewing for spring, for Paris and for the sheer heck of it! Using a pale gray palate, shown above are a some of the pieces and fabrics being auditioned for my upcoming month in Paris.....

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