I’ve loved hand embroidery since I was about eight. Lady bugs, hearts and rainbows. Chain stitch, lazy daisy, stem, satin, french knot and worm stitch. It’s an art! So why would I let a machine do it for me now? Take a look! It would’ve taken me a year to do this by hand! To be clear, … More Embellished!
I sew for the fun of it, and the challenge. Some of my efforts turn into favorites and others end up in the back of the closet. A handful are on their last hurrah by now, after years of wear and launderings. So I took them on a cruise! This one is just one year old. I never did blog about … More Dresses on vacation
A shower curtain is just a 72″ x 72″ square, with 12 button holes across the top. The thing is, fabrics don’t typically come that wide. You have to piece together two lengths – or three if you don’t want a seam down the middle. And you’ll need extra fabric to match up your print at … More How to make a unique shower curtain
Hi all! Well this was one of those weeks. I didn’t manage to finish anything I started. Evidently my brain needs a rest. So to keep the conversation going, let’s take a look at a project from last summer, when I wasn’t blogging. The fabric is a German silk/cotton gauze. One of my buddies at Textile Fabrics … More Self drafted skirt of many colors
One of my friends commented on this post from earlier this summer that I reminded her of a fairy in the woods… Ha! So when I made another loose fitting white dress, I had to go back to the woods to show you. This one is also mind bender to put together, with interesting geometry. I used … More Fab or Flop?
There’s no shortage of heat in Tennessee. The answer, obviously, is more cool dresses, right? I was delighted to find this vibrant lightweight linen at Textile Fabrics in 2014, and again last week in my stack of remnants. I could see it as Pauline Alice’s Malvarosa dress,* but there wasn’t enough fabric. Not to be discouraged, I dug out the pleated skirt and … More linen remix in watercolors
I think I may have had this dress when I was in grade school. Or a version of it. I loved it then and I love it now! My mother made me so many pretty dresses — I hope I thanked her enough but I doubt I did. There were corduroy jumpers like these, with print … More Feeling like a girl
There’s a heat advisory today. So after a short walk in the shade, I’m staying inside to tell you about my white linen experiment. I love linen. There is no cooler fabric. And if you look close, the weave and texture are lovely. Linen is made from fibers of the flax plant. Historians say it may … More Hot day, cool linen
Hello my friends and fellow dressaholics! It’s summertime and it’s HOT. I like hot more than cold, but I don’t like to have my clothes sticking to me. So I’ve decided to take the fit out of the fit and flare style… And go for breezy! The wheels started turning when I found Spanish designer Pauline … More All the flare without the fit
One sight I missed on my recent trip to Los Angeles was Chinatown. We just ran out of time. But when I got home, I did remake the drapes in my office/sewing room in this colorful pagoda print! I’ve always loved Chinoiserie in all its forms – art, pottery, chopsticks, umbrellas… and of course dishes … More Didn’t make it to Chinatown, but I got the jacket!