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Vogue 9191 wrap pants

Vogue 9191 wrap pants – comfortable and easy to make

Hi, I bought this Vogue 9191 pattern on sale earlier this year from the Vogue Patterns website and wanted to make the wrap pants. They looked so comfortable and they seemed simple to make. I started making them a few weeks ago. They didn’t take long to make but I only had time to work […]

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Manus x Machina - pleated garments - Dior, Fortuny and more

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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Striped ribbon hat band tutorial

Making a removable ribbon hat band – tutorial, Part 2

Hi, last week, I republished the post I wrote last summer for Britex Fabrics’ blog about making a removable ribbon hat band. That post showed my first design and discusses Petersham ribbon in detail. This is the second ribbon post I did for Britex. Though I added a couple of more photos and more words. Here […]

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Tutorial - how to make a removable ribbon hat band - millinery

How to make a removable ribbon hat band – tutorial, Part 1

Hi, I wrote a three millinery tutorials as a guest blogger for Britex Fabrics over the summer. I’m going to repost them here over the next few days or so. I wrote two posts on how to make a removable ribbon hat band and a post on a lace hat. Here’s the first one, along […]

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Olgalyn of O! Jolly sweater knit designer

Q&A with Olgalyn of O! Jolly! + sweater knit kit winner!

You may know Olgalyn Jolly as the textile designer behind O! Jolly!. But long before she got into designing machine-knitted fabrics, she had a career in show business. “I used to be in the performing arts,” says Olgalyn who lives in New York City. “I sang. I danced but I knew it was something that […]

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Fitting meetup, body measurements, Bay Area Sewists

Body measurements, fitting, and sewing projects

Hi, way back in September 2014, I organized the first fitting meetup for the Bay Area Sewists. (You can read the meetup description here.) The idea was that we would help each other with fitting, learn about pattern adjustments, and pair up to take our body measurements. At that meetup, I also did a demo […]

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Jennifer Serr, founder of Bonjour Teaspon sewing patterns, owner of The Sewing Room

Jennifer Serr – an interview with The Sewing Room founder and Bonjour Teaspoon designer

Jennifer Serr began sewing when she was seven years old. All the women in her family sewed so she was following a family tradition. The first thing she made was a reversible pinafore for herself. And once she realized she could make doll clothes, she sewed doll clothes, too. Eventually she made most of her […]

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Shibori indigo dyed fabric for a skirt

Shibori skirt with 16 panels – how should I order the panels?

Hi, in August I experimented with some indigo dyeing, which you can read about here. Then I wanted to try dyeing several pieces of cotton muslin to make a 16-panel Shibori skirt. (I wrote about how I made each design in this post.) Now my challenge is finalizing the order of the panels. I dyed […]

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Shibori - indigo dyeing - pleated and folded in triangles

DIY Shibori – indigo dyeing – Part 2

Hi, in August I wrote Part 1 about DIY Shibori and then a follow-up post about washing indigo-dyed fabric. Part 1 was about the indigo dyeing workshop I organized for the Bay Area Sewists and goes into more detail about mixing the dye and some Shibori techniques. Towards the end of that post I mentioned […]

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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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Manus x Machina

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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What every sewing blogger shoud know about copyright, privacy, and giveaways

Tips for sewing bloggers: Lawyer Rachel Fischbein on copyright, privacy and giveaways

Law and fashion may seem like an incongruous combination but San Francisco lawyer Rachel Fischbein has had an interest in both since high school. Back then she was part of a group of students who picked apart donated clothes, sewed them into something new and then donated the refashioned garments to a women’s shelter. Rachel was also […]

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