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    Fabric Shopping in Paris, France

    Posted by on Jul 15 2011

    So you know that post from two weeks ago, when I mentioned I wouldn’t be posting for a couple of weeks, due to my taking some family time? Well, the part I didn’t mention was I actually went to France with my son and some of my extended family on holiday. Saw the big, iconic […]

    Matching Large Scale Patterns

    Posted by on Apr 09 2011

    Big scale prints are everywhere these days.  Amy Butler, Heather Bailey.  The larger and bolder the better, it seems.  But how do you use these patterns in garment sewing? I’ll show you how I handled a dramatic stylized paisley print to make this adorable spring raincoat from a really nice Michael Miller laminated fabric I’ve […]

    Playing Dress Up

    Posted by on Jan 17 2011

    I’ve wanted a dressform for myself for ages. Not that I don’t love Stanley but I want a Claire-sized version. A lot. I am bound and determined to sew more for myself this year but the downside of being a very good sewer is I’m now too fussy to put up with poorly fitting clothes […]

    It’s All About Me!

    Posted by on Jul 22 2010

    After a mammoth couple of months of ‘business’ sewing, including five Christmas/winter articles, a Valentine’s Day cross-stitch and more, I’m finally taking a bit of a break from ‘gotta-dos’ to sew some ‘wanna-dos’. Last night, I cut out the lining for my Ottobre raincoat. Yes, yes, I know it’s taken me until now to get […]

    Neither Rain nor Sleet

    Posted by on Feb 26 2010

    Everybody do a happy dance! The fabric for the raincoat I plan to sew for myself over the next couple of weeks has arrived today. We’re finally seeing some winter weather and the roads are slick and sloppy here but happily, the mail was delivered regardless and with it three yards of Michael Miller laminated […]