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Yuliya Raquel - founder of Bootstrap Fashion

Fashion Industry Disruptor – Yuliya Raquel of Bootstrap Fashion

Yuliya Raquel wants to disrupt the fashion industry. She is the founder of Bootstrap Fashion, a fashion design platform that sells custom sewing patterns, offers a fashion design app that lets you design a dress, and has two levels of membership. You can sign up as 1.) a DIY sewer, blogger, aspiring designer or 2.) a […]

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Manus x Machina - pleated garments

Pleats featured in the Manus x Machina exhibit

Hi, yes, this is my third post about the Manus x Machina exhibit that was on display earlier this year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I was fortunate to be in New York after the show was extended through early September. Why so many posts? Well, I took plenty of photos and my first […]

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Manus x Machina - Saint Laurent suit, 1963; Marion Schwab Golden Lily Dress, 2008-09; Irish wedding dress, ca. 1870

Manus x Machina fashion exhibit at the Met

The Manus x Machina exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was a gorgeous show exploring “how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear.” There was meticulous craftsmanship in all of the work – regardless of how it was made. It was a lot […]

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My trip to New York – Manus x Machina, Mood Fabrics and more

Last month I visited my family on the East Coast. I was able to make a quick trip to New York while I was there. Here’s a brief summary of my trip, with many photos. My first stop was to Mood Fabrics where I searched for lightweight denim and bought these two to make a […]

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PROJKT Maiden Lane - Britex Fabrics fall fashion show - Sept. 23, 2016, 7 pm to 9 pm

Win a ticket to PROJKT Maiden Lane!

UPDATE! Rafflecopter picked two random winners! Liz and Grace! You have both been sent emails that you won! Congratulations! UPDATE to the update: Liz can no longer attend so I had Rafflecopter pick another winner and that person is Marilyn! Congrats to Marilyn! Hi! I have an extra General Admission ticket to the Britex Fabrics […]

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HIgh Style gowns - Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection - csews.com

High Style – the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection

Hi, If you sew and you live in Manhattan, you have very likely seen the world-famous Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection – now part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Luckily for us Bay Area folks, some of this stunning collections in the High Style exhibit is now on display until July 19, at the Legion […]

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And the fashion calendar giveaway winner is…

I did the drawing for my fashion calendar giveaway the old-fashioned way – putting names in a hat – my vintage black velvet hat in this case – in honor of this particular drawing. (I wore this hat with my first Anna dress.) My husband can witness that I picked a name without looking at […]

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2015 Fashion calendar - costume institute at the Met - csews.com

Happy Sewing – Fashion Calendar Giveaway!

On January 1, Pegasus Books in the East Bay holds its annual calendar sale. I’ve been going to it for years. Calendars are 3 for $9.99 or 1 for $3.99. Last year I got a wall calendar which had great photos of hats for nearly every day of the year. This year I spied this lovely 2015 Fashion […]

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Vionnet and Caret

Fashions of the 1920s – Paperdolls and More

Several weeks ago at Shakespeare & Co. used bookstore,I found three slim books of paper dolls, each devoted to a decade of fashion – the 1920s, ’30s, and ’50s. Each book was only $3.50 so I snapped them all up. There were part of someone’s private collection, each book has two dolls with 15 costumes per […]

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How Jamie Lau Launched Her Fashion Career

Jamie Lau, co-author of the new book BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern, learned to sew on a sewing machine in 2007. Back then the self-described public policy wonk was working full-time for California’s judicial branch as a senior research analyst in San Francisco. (For more on the book, read my interview “Q&A with Jamie Lau….”) “I […]

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