I have been racking my brain with goals for 2021. I’ve been making goals lists for the last 30 years. It’s been a successful practice although I may have skipped some like, “dance naked in the woods under a full moon one evening.” Some were just unrealistic hopes and dreams… Change is incredibly hard when […]
I’m not even going to try to complain about this year. All I can say is that some good things did come out of so much tragedy. I stay excited thinking about the new year and the future as it approaches.
Here are just a few of the things I made right before everything shut down, […]
Replicating is one of my favorite crafts! I hope you enjoy my tips that can help you remake some of your favorite garments, sew garments from pictures and grow your skillset.
- Start simple, whether it be from a photo or a garment to be replicated.
- If using a garment you own, cutting up the garment […]
Have you ever seen a dress that you love the fabric and the print but the style of the dress doesn’t suit your figure, style or personality? Some of the easiest and best dresses to upcycle are 1970s Kaftans. This is because they have so much yardage and are rarely cut with the exception of […]
Would you believe this blog post originally came out in 2014 with only these three terrible sentences?
This dress was made with a fabric remnant from my days of working at Hancock Fabric and an old table runner my mother gave to me. My favorite part of the dress was the butterfly collar. The total cost of […]
Would you believe I made this simple dress in less than an hour and with only two yards of fabric? This design was adapted from the simplicity of the old children’s pillow case dress pattern. A few small changes make it very suitable for adults. And hey, sometimes you just want to get your mojo […]
I believe talent is inherent and that skills are learned and built upon.
With each new fabric there is another medium that needs to be studied and practiced. Learning a new skill may also be stressful. There are always failures on the road to success.
I have made a few sequin dresses before that either had no […]
We all love vintage patterns. We also love modern wrinkle free knit fabrics. We want the vintage look but the feel, ease and care of a modern dress. So how can we marry these two with ease?
Since vintage patterns were made before modern knit fabrics and knits have a different set of rules than woven fabrics […]
I have totally fallen in love with the concept of only shopping local or small indie shops this year. Meeting and getting to know real people that sew brings me such joy. Although, any opportunity to make a new dress is all right with me…
Waynesville’s, Fabric Shack, is a fabric store […]
If you even remotely dabble in the sewing world you have probably heard the rumors about how challenging fine fabrics like silk, satin, chiffon, georgette and many more slippery goodies, can be.
It is my opinion that when learning anything new and different there are always lots of problems that pop up. I am here to […]