So You Think You Can Quilt

By |November 22nd, 2021|Categories: Arts and Crafts, Heirloom Sewing, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

Every year I get wildly inspired to create a huge project that I know nothing about and mess up all along the way! I wanted to make something more memorable this time, something that would [...]

Where the Locals Buy Mardi Gras Fabric, Trip to New Orleans

By |November 8th, 2021|Categories: 1980s Fashion, Costume Fashion Art Exhibits, Costumes, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

We visit New Orleans the most because my little grandma, cousin, and uncles live there. We love the culture, food, people, and the WARM weather. NOLA has a bunch of amazing fabric stores, including the [...]

Making Patches on a Regular Sewing Machine

By |October 18th, 2021|Categories: Arts and Crafts, Costumes, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

My blog as has taken a back seat after the newest Apple update crashed my computer. Apple was kind enough to wipe it clean and restore it to a 2014 update - and today I [...]

Mondrian Was A Replicant

By |September 6th, 2021|Categories: 1940s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

What I didn't know when I set out to replicate this dress is that it was from the 1960s. Yves St. Laurent designed this dress after Piet Mondrian's art work and debuted it at his [...]

The Three Year WIP

By |August 23rd, 2021|Categories: 1960s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Perhaps you have one of these... or maybe even a few? You know, you start a project and then somewhere along the way it goes into a bag or the closet and soon enough it [...]

This Sewing Machine is Amazing, But Why?

By |July 26th, 2021|Categories: Interviews w/Sewists|Tags: , , , , |

Have you ever tried something that looked so easy only to find out it was an uncontrollable challenge? This was my lesson in free motion sewing machine embroidery. I watched a few YouTube videos, thought [...]

Patterns From Down Under

By |June 29th, 2021|Categories: Indie Patterns, Today's Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

G'day! Have you ever fallen in love with something so odd... and then, the next thing you know your drawers are chockers full of the bloody item? In 2012 I was introduced to Style Arc patterns, [...]

Five Easy Tips to Sew Your Own Vintage Clothing

By |May 17th, 2021|Categories: 1940s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Every day is great day to share my love and knowledge of sewing patterns and because my pattern reading and layout class is tonight I also have motivation. It all started when I thrifted a [...]

How to! The Swan Dress and Reverse Appliqué

By |May 3rd, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Wait till you see how easy this is! The Refabrication Challenges have really stoked the flames of creativity and pioneering new territories. March's challenge was to make something out of knits and/or denim. I hope [...]

Fashions of the Mola, A Trip to Cleveland Museum of Art

By |April 19th, 2021|Categories: Arts and Crafts, Costume Fashion Art Exhibits, Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

When a friend shows you a fashion exhibit that can be visited in a single day trip, I highly recommend going. This exhibit, Fashioning Identity: Mola Textiles of Panamá, and The Cleveland Museum of Art [...]

Simplicity in Your Pants

By |April 5th, 2021|Categories: 1980s Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

This year, for every month, I've chosen a themed project with a list to ensure I use my time productively. Last month I made swimwear, January was hat month, and March was all about the active [...]

Rounding Up Dayton’s Finest in the Field

By |March 22nd, 2021|Categories: Interviews w/Sewists, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Time to do a round up of awesome local artists, sewers, crafters, photographers and fashion gurus. Check us out as we band together and invite you to get to know us. Katie Stafinaik Owner and [...]


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