Haven’t you fantasized about being a 1930’s woman wearing that elegant dress that your favorite Hollywood actress wore during her time? Perhaps you’re looking forward to sewing your own dropped-waist dress, just like the ones which were in style during the early ‘1920s. If so, let’s take a quick look … Continue reading →
I have to admit it right out front. Hunting for Tanzanian fabrics was not my main reason for coming to Africa. Instead, my husband and I were there with some friends to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at almost 20,000 feet or 6,000 meters. However, being an … Continue reading →
What’s Sustainable Sewing? The whole idea behind “sustainability” in general and sustainable sewing in specific is that of leaving a minimal impact on the planet. This idea incorporates issues like carbon footprint, waste creation and disposal, and labor practices. Nowadays, producers and designers are always under public scrutiny, and those who … Continue reading →
(Author’s note 2021: late summer..this time of year always makes me think of Italy. The sun-baked fields, vineyards, and orchards and the clear blue skies of Tuscany. And, of course, of Florence –so I wanted to bring this article from a couple of years ago to the top of your … Continue reading →
Sewing is considered both a skill and an art and just like the other artists, we all have our own distinct style or sewing personality, if you will. You see, it’s just like in the art world where Pablo Picasso is different from Salvador Dali and Frida Kahlo is certainly … Continue reading →
I’m lucky or unlucky depending on what way you look at it. My local fabric store only has about a dozen bolts of quilting cotton, and many of those feature vegetables, so I’m never tempted to buy too much. That means compared to many, I have quite a modest stash … Continue reading →
The Hong Kong finish is my favorite way to finish a seam. I discovered it when I was 13 years old on a garment my grandmother wore…a corset. My sewing machine could only do a straight stitch and an ugly zigzag. So I took to using the Hong Kong finish … Continue reading →
It is possible to live without the plastic that leaches into everything around us. Many people, especially those with young children, are becoming increasingly concerned about the potential health effects of all the plastic we are exposed to every day. There are many ways to avoid the use of plastic … Continue reading →
Minimalism in fashion sewing emerged in 1914 when Madeleine Vonnet, the French fashion designer who established her first fashion house in Paris in 1912, introduced her signature bias cut to her Grecian dress. In 1964, Andre Courges created his space-age look with a dress embellished by squares, trapezoids, and triangles … Continue reading →
In terms of safety, sewing is certainly a lot safer than skydiving, bullfighting, or even just driving a car. That being said, sewing does still present some genuine dangers so sewing machine safety is critical. Today’s sewing machines are run by electricity and have dangerous moving parts like sharp needles; this means … Continue reading →
Hello Fabrics for Summer! It is the time of year once again when sewists like us have pulled out our fabrics for summer and think about sewing projects that are not only fashionable but also functional. Indeed, the summer season means sun, sand, and sea, and after the long autumn … Continue reading →
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