The Challenge of Smoking Jackets

By |2019-03-18T06:36:35-04:00March 18th, 2019|1950s Style Fashion|

Today, I happily share one of my more challenging projects that really got me outside of my comfort zone. The most troublesome projects can sometimes feel like a cloud hanging over your head. They are usually rooted in a lack of experience, and yet, the only way to get the experience is to do the […]

Garment Sewing on a Shoe String

By |2019-03-11T09:39:27-04:00March 11th, 2019|1970s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

Some say you cannot sew for less money than you can buy something ready-made. I’m here to prove them wrong, sometimes. I agree brandname fabric purchased new can be very costly but there are still other ways around an expensive handmade dress.

Coming from a frugal family I learned early in my sewing career that I […]

Fabric, Frida and Me in NYC

By |2019-03-04T06:34:08-04:00March 4th, 2019|1930s Style Fashion, Costume Fashion Art Exhibits, Uncategorized|

It’s time to be the girl I want to be. The girl that travels for art and inspiration and then writes about the adventure. The plan was to drive to New York City, see lots of art and keep the shopping minimal. This meant I would only buy fabric from people like me, small independent […]

Ready, Set, Serve – Mesh Tops

By |2019-02-18T06:02:28-04:00February 18th, 2019|refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion|

I love a cool mesh top for summer activities and when I do indoor exercise. This project was fast and easy to make. Here, I share my experience with a modest tee, stretch mesh pattern hack with some tips to help you be a successful seamster.

Supplies:

Any old T-shirt or stretch knit fabric 1/2 a yard

1 […]

A Valentine’s Day Science Experiment

By |2019-02-04T06:41:46-04:00February 4th, 2019|1950s Style Fashion|

This science project started because of yet another epic fail. While packing fabric for a Valentine’s Day dress to make in my Rosewood Art Centre studio I grabbed what I thought was dark scuba knit but it turned out to be grey wool. At work, I found that I had a pile of donated vintage […]

Reflecting a Light Backwards

By |2019-01-28T07:31:08-04:00January 28th, 2019|Costumes, Indie Patterns, Makes of 2009, Makes of 2010, Makes of 2011, Makes of 2012, Makes of 2013|

In the beginning I had an idea. The idea turned into a project that also continued to evolve. In the end the project turned out radically different from that idea as it was envisioned. These are a collection of dresses that hopped off the beaten path and are now truly a blast from the past.

Defiance and the Raincoat Practice Pt. 2

By |2019-01-14T07:13:59-04:00January 14th, 2019|Indie Patterns, Today's Fashion|

You may remember my banner raincoat project fail in last week’s post? This time I chose to do this project with a more malleable textile called oilcloth. I can be ambitious and brave sometimes, or perhaps I just love to test my own patience, and I thought I knew more about how to […]

Storm Clouds and the Raincoat, pt 1

By |2019-01-07T06:21:47-04:00January 6th, 2019|1970s Style Fashion, refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

My raincoat story is about failure and success when learning a new skill. I want to show you that every project does not always work out as planned. Sadly, the banner project did not come out. Many people see all of the success in art while ignoring the failures that are quietly brushed under the […]

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