Laurence King Publishing is at it again with yet another English translation of the fabulous Drape Drape series. This time our treat is Drape Drape 3. The book is organized the same as the other Drape Drape books. The beginning is filled with information about the fabrics, sewing techniques, and draping techniques that are used… Continue reading Drape Drape 3 + No. 3 = Review and Giveaway
It's hard to start writing about my new favorite shirt while I'm still reeling about the unnecessary violence at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday. The attack hits so close to home for me. Running is a huge part of my life. I ran the Boston Marathon last year (and in 2005),… Continue reading Sunny Golden Plaid Boyfriend Shirt, or I made an Archer!
Well folks, I'm throwing my hat into the ring for a Tessuti competition yet again. This time their challenge is to use a fabric called Gridlock, sourced from a local designer. According to the challenge rules, you could make anything, though they suggested the fabric was "the perfect weight for dresses, pants, jackets and skirts".… Continue reading Gridlock
This month I was in such a colorful mood. When challenged by the Mood Sewing Network to sew with lace, I found myself gravitating towards this bright, textural orange lace with its organic pattern of swirling leaves and flowers (from Mood Fabrics but no longer available online; the store itself has other similar lace though… Continue reading In a Colorful Mood: Technicolor Lace Skirt
Let me introduce you to my newest garment: my black-on-black pants. These pants are the culmination of my efforts in Sandra Betzina's Pant Fitting Techniques class class on Craftsy. The pattern is Vogue V2948, a princess-seamed basic pant pattern that either zips at the side or back. I chose to use a black wool crepe from Mood that is described as "an absolute… Continue reading Black-on-Black Pants
A cute little sweatshirt for my niece, of course. Once upon a time when I was a wee little girl, I had a favorite sweatshirt. It was pink and short sleeved. And, as if that wasn't enough to make it the best sweatshirt ever, it was appliqued with colorful bunny that was outlined in puff… Continue reading What do you get when you mix cats with puff paint?
My forays into the Japanese Drape Drape books seems to be here to stay. After a successful review and giveaway of Drape Drape 2, Laurence King Publishing asked me to review their English translation of the original Drape Drape. And, as I'm sure all of you have by now realized, I review something by actually using… Continue reading Paisleys and Drape Drape: Review and Giveaway
I fell for this Marc Jacob's embroidered silk from Mood months ago. I saved it in my list of must-get fabrics while I searched for the right pattern. I wanted the pattern to be playful for the sake of the dots, while also being serious enough to live up to the silk. Enter BurdaStyle's Graphic… Continue reading Silk Dots and Rhinestones