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Sewing for Him or Her, Easy Lingerie

By |November 26th, 2018|Categories: 1990s fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Sewing, making art or crafting a lot may mean your partner might suffer from neglect. You can change that. And if you do, the rewards are well worth it. This is the year that I [...]

The Keys to Defining Success

By |November 19th, 2018|Categories: 1970s Style Fashion, Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Heirloom Sewing, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

My Secrets to Turning My Hobby Job into a Success The first year I went into business I got a good bit of negative feedback. People would say, "Good luck with that" or "Good luck [...]

The Arts Meet Education w/ Lindsey Gustafson

By |November 11th, 2018|Categories: 1960s Style Fashion, Interviews w/Sewists, Today's Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I met middle school art teacher Lindsay Gustafson through Rosewood Art Centre and quickly grew fond of her.  The first things I noticed about Lindsay was her flare for quirky artsy looks, her smile and [...]

Keeping it Clean

By |November 5th, 2018|Categories: Indie Patterns, Today's Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

I want a highly tailored and clean looking shirt. Something that doesn't scream out "I made this!" No matter how much experience you have, to grow, you have to take the time to learn [...]

Interview w/Professional Costume Designer, Ayn Wood

By |October 29th, 2018|Categories: Costumes, Interviews w/Sewists, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

I got a chance to speak with Ayn Wood about her amazing work, what inspires her and if she is living her dreams. Here's what she has to say. Please tell us about what you [...]

Handmade Halloween from the Closet Shop

By |October 22nd, 2018|Categories: 1920s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, Costumes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Some people may find it hard to make time to create their own Halloween costume. I recommend that you consider "shopping your closet" and simply making outerwear that can be worn as everyday wear. [...]

A New Set of Problems, Leather pt2

By |October 15th, 2018|Categories: 1990s fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Learning something new can be so stressful. I suggest doing your research first or finding a mentor to help you. When you just have ambition this doesn't always happen and sometimes lessons are best learned [...]

Men’s Wear Sewing

By |October 8th, 2018|Categories: 1940s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Why is men's wear so hard to make? I can answer this, but first let me tell you why it's so easy! The basic construction is pretty straightforward. It can be made in 2-3 hours [...]

The Witching Hour

By |October 1st, 2018|Categories: 1900s Style Fashion, Costumes, Makes of 2014, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

There is a place in my neighborhood we call Witches Tower, some call it Frankenstein's Castle, but originally it was a look out for NCR (National Cash Register) that is now owned by Five Rivers [...]

In search of Handmade Troy, Ohio

By |September 24th, 2018|Categories: Today's Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Jeffrey and I rode our bicycles, lightly packed for an overnight, in search of handmade to the town of Troy, Ohio. The cycling was gorgeous as we moved alongside the river on the Great Miami [...]