Shopping and Sewing with a Purpose

It has gone way past the time I should have flipped my closet to warmer weather clothing.  I have been pulling things out from under dry cleaner bags for almost two months now.   The winter sweaters were still occupying the prime real estate in the closet, making it a pain to get dressed for work …

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Dressing Downton at Biltmore Estate

There's a special exhibit going on at the Biltmore Estate right now, and for all of the Downton Abbey fans it is wonderful. Even more so for those that know what it takes to use needle and thread to create wearable art. Wearable art is precisely what I saw there. Gorgeous beading and exquisite hand …

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Refashioning a Necklace

Do you have any of those multi-strand necklaces?  This one was sitting in the drawer not being worn because two of the chains were starting to look tarnished. Plus it was a lot of necklace at once, actually just too many strands. So, I decided to take it apart and recycle the individual strands into …

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Book Review – A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff

Sometimes I'll pick up a book to read expecting one thing and get an entirely different story. Such was the case with A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff. The book jacket describes this story as centering around a woman, Phoebe, who opens a vintage clothing store. She likes to think about the woman that owned …

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What’s in YOUR Closet?

January, a new year and good time to do some sweeping out of the old.  This is a perfect time to do a closet clean out.   In a book by the Simplicity pattern company, the statement is made that most people only wear 10% of their clothing 90% of the time.  After years of watching …

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Rayon Challis Three Season Skirt – Using your blind hem stitch

A few days ago I pulled out this pretty yellow rayon challis from the stash and made it up into a simple elastic waist skirt.  A couple of techniques were used on this skirt, which made it go together in about one hour.  Yep, that fast! First I changed the serger thread color from the …

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