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Vogue 5380 dresses

My Vintage Weekend

Last weekend was my vintage weekend. On Saturday I stopped by the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, which was having a sale of vintage clothes, shoes, and other accessories. This place  occasionally gets vintage goods from its estate services.  The next day I went to the Alameda Flea Market a.k.a. the Alameda Point Antiques […]

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Red dress - no interfacing

Choosing the Right Interfacing

I’ve been thinking a lot about interfacing lately because I’ve been trying to figure out if I want to use what this Vogue pattern (V2984, now out of print) recommends (60″ nylon fusible knit interfacing) for this wool crepe jacket — or use something else. I’m not sure what that “something else” will be so I […]

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Colette Patterns tutorials (left), BurdaStyle techniques, Threads Magazine How-to

The Search for Sewing Advice After Hours

When I made a dress from BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern, I added my own adjustment to the pattern, such as lining the bodice of the dress. Though I had made a couple lined vests for my husband and lined a jacket, I hadn’t lined the bodice of a dress before. It had seemed like a […]

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photo by Susie Biehler

My First Fashion Photo Shoot for a Dress

I’ve never worked with a photographer to shoot anything I’ve made. It was either me with my iPhone, friends, or my husband with a point-and-shoot digital camera. But this time I’d be working with a professional photographer – Susie Biehler, a fine art photographer who graciously agreed to take photos of me in exchange for […]

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Clockwise from top left: Gathering the skirt, detail of hand sewing the lining around the invisible zipper, the hook and waist stay near the zipper, waist stay attached to bodice

Nitty Gritty Dress Details

Yesterday I wrote a post about adjusting the neckline and lining the dress I was making from the book BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern. I also mentioned that I would be writing more about the dress details. So here’s the nitty gritty. After I sewed the lining and the fashion fabric together, I turned the pieces […]

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Clockwise from top left: muslin of bodice, pining the neckline

Making a Dress from the Book: BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern

In December I bought the book BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern at a sewing event at Britex Fabrics and I had also interviewed the author, Jamie Lau. Naturally, I had to make something from the book! And when BurdaStyle announced a sewing contest using a pattern from the book, I had some incentive to get going. […]

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Prewashed fabric - large

Pre-washing Fabric

I usually pre-wash cotton woven fabric in cold water and tumble dry low before I cut it. Pre-washing fabric ensures that your fabric will not shrink after you wash the completed garment. It would be really awful to spend a lot of time cutting and sewing something only to have it shrink after your first […]

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2.Tracing and pencil

Getting Started on My “Alabama Fur” Wrap

When I got my copy of Natalie Chanin’s Alabama Studio Sewing + Design, which I reviewed in September, I was all fired up to make a wrap embroidered with spirals, or what designer Natalie Chanin calls “Alabama fur.” The “fur” is created by leaving one-inch tails of embroidery floss on the right side of your fabric. […]

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Red hat inside

How to Keep Your Hat on Your Head

I wear hats everyday and there’s one thing I gotta  be sure of – that my hat stays on my head. Here are my tips on how to keep your hat on your head instead of flying off and floating down the street whenever it’s windy outside. (For more about my hat collection, see this […]

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