Being a custom clothing person in a “fashion industry” oriented design program can feel lonely at times. Even though I’m surrounded by highly creative people, not all of them share my enthusiasm for sewing. I know I’m biased, but I think everyone should learn how to sew. And here’s why:
1. You never . . . → Read More: Five Reasons (Plus One) Why You Should Learn How to Sew
A couple of weeks ago, I commented on the Modern Retro Woman blog that I look like this in my imagination (only blonde…):
Somehow, I get the feeling that the woman in the picture would never run around a sewing lab waving a manilla paper pattern for a pleat detail over her . . . → Read More: Running With Patterns
A week ago, I had grand visions of spending my spring break just sewing up a storm. While my vision didn’t come to fruition, I have felt very creative nonetheless. And here are a few things that have inspired me this past week:
Edith Head: The Fifty-Year Career of Hollywood’s Greatest Costume Designer
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This was driving me crazy:
I had a huge and rather disorganized pile of sewing-related stuff on my sewing machine. Any time I wanted to use the machine, I had to move it out of the way. I hate to admit it, but for several days last week, the pile lived on . . . → Read More: This Was Driving Me Crazy
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I can’t say that taking the intermediate and advanced sewing classes during the same semester completely burned me out, but, like a synthetic fabric after a burn test, it left me a bit beady around the edges.
I’ve only sewn one thing since I turned in my last . . . → Read More: Beady Around The Edges
Buying all of the sewing tools we need to construct quality garments can quickly become expensive. For my advanced sewing/tailoring class, I discovered I was woefully deficient in the tool department and needed to buy a seam roll, tailor’s ham, and a clapper/point presser, among other things.
Our class was able to negotiate a discount . . . → Read More: Clap On, Clap Off…The Point Presser!
During my eight-week summer vacation, I only sewed one thing (other than the Tailored Curriculum samples): A Simplicity 2900 dress for Baby Alice (that is her modeling it for us). The only reason I finished her dress was because I wanted to finish it before she outgrew it. Her mother says it “just” fits her . . . → Read More: Crispy Fried
Hand sewing has a bad reputation for being tedious. Right now that tediousness is my refuge. I am in a high-stress situation taking care of sick family members and a needle and thread are helping me process my stress.
I started embroidering a couple of pillowcases last year. Thankfully, I brought them along with me. . . . → Read More: Ode to Hand Work
I don’t know if you’re like me but I kind of have a love-hate relationship with sewing magazines, blogs, and TV shows. I find them very inspiring and informative but they also discourage me. I see the amazing things that other people are doing and think, “There’s no way I could ever do that!” I . . . → Read More: There’s NO WAY I Could Ever Do That!
I owe a lot of my sewing ability to Nancy Zieman, of Sewing with Nancy fame. I’d religiously watch it on WHYY (Philadelphia’s public television station) every Saturday afternoon in the late 80′s and early 90′s (sadly, I had to give it up when grad school got in the way of my television viewing pleasure). . . . → Read More: Theatrical Thursday: Sew What’s New