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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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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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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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C Sews StyleEye 23 March 2012 – Boots!

I was in Los Angeles last month and had a couple hours free to drop by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and explore two of its shows:  “In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States” and “California Design, 1930-1965: ‘Living in a Modern Way.’ ” I’ll post […]

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C Sews StyleEye – 3 Jan. 2012

I like to take photos of clothes and accessories I see on people as they’re walking, on public transportation, in a store, or wherever they may be. This will be a regular feature on C Sews so I decided to call it StyleEye. My first post in this vein was called Fashion Details. As I […]

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Fashion Aficionado Bill Cunningham

      If you like fashion, photography, or inspirational stories, you need to see Bill Cunningham New York, which is available on DVD. The film will make you smile. This man really, really loves his job. I saw the film at the 2010 San Francisco International Film Festival and reviewed it for DOX, the […]

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Fashion Details

Partly inspired by Bill Cunningham’s “On the Street” photo essays, I’ve been taking photos of people wearing things that  catch my eye. But unlike Bill, who tries to be invisible as he photographs people he sees on the streets of New York City, I just go up to people and ask them if I can […]

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