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Contemporary Skirts

Origami Skirt: Paco Peralta/Vogue1567

When I first saw this pattern for sale two years ago, I didn’t care for it much.  I did buy it, because I wanted to make the top.  I did, but I didn’t keep it long (more in a bit).  The skirt didn’t appeal to me for some reason, but perhaps because I didn’t like […]

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General Sewing

Six Sewing Projects for 2020

“Most of us are called on to perform tasks far beyond what we can do. Our capabilities seldom match our aspirations, and we are often woefully unprepared. To this extent, we are all Assistant Pig-Keepers at heart.”  (Lloyd Alexander, Introduction to The Chronicles of Prydain) I still read to my kid every night, and we […]

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Contemporary Skirts Tops

Cotton Sateen “Zebra” print skirt (Vogue 2984 & McCall6796)

So this skirt and top was not on my sewing list, at all.  But I was sifting through the fabrics at the Gorgeous Fabrics website, and saw this blue/black/white zebra cotton sateen.  I was smitten.  I held off.  I waited a week.  I kept thinking about the fabric, so I bought it, along with some […]

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Contemporary Dresses

Stash-busting: Kay Unger Color Block (V1329)

Need a quick, comfortable, easy dress that is also figure-flattering?  Look no further than Vogue 1329. I’m not kidding.  This dress is easy, very flattering, and comfortable. And, if you want the ultimate, it would be easy to add pockets (which I wish I did, as I looked for them several times yesterday).  The figure-flattering […]

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Contemporary Jackets pants

When did I start this one? Paco Peralta pant & jacket, V1526

I started Paco Peralta’s short sleeved jacket and pant (Vogue 1526) in August after returning from vacation.  I purchased the fabric and planned the project months and months before that. I finished hemming them Sunday, and wore them to work.  I’ve been that busy – just an hour every couple of days. I finished the […]

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General Sewing

I have little time, but loads of inspiration!

Well, the new position, along with preparing for hurricanes, means I have had little time for sewing regularly or for any extended periods of time.  I have had the week off because of Dorian, but so has the kiddo.  Still, I began to think about the next few dozen projects. No really.  When I have […]

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Contemporary Tops

Alice & Olivia in Silk Georgette (Vogue 1245)

I celebrated every success with this top! My “sewcation” is over and I have two things left to blog – this blouse being one of them. Both items are redos of earlier failures. Back in early 2018, I wrote about my attempt with two soft silks. In late June, I decided I wanted to finish […]

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Contemporary Skirts Tops

Turmeric and Black (Vogue 8882 & 1620)

I joined two trends that I’ve seen over past year in this skirt/top combination.  First, I chose a mustard color for the skirt.  Second, I made the skirt in a hi-lo style.  Since I jumped onto both trends, you can rest assured both will be out of fashion soon, if they aren’t already. Originally, I […]

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pants Vintage

Learning to (sew a) fly. Guy LaRoche pants (V2578).

Wow.  Where did January go?  I was so busy at work this month, I was too exhausted to do much more than read a book before bed.  I started these pants at the beginning of the month, but only just finished them.  Meantime, the passage of time included me taking up running again, which is […]

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Contemporary Tops

Comedy of Errors: Vogue 8816

When I flew recently, TSA had me remove my (oversized) shirt to go through the body-scanner.  Fortunately I had something modest on underneath or I would have been whisked away to one of their “privacy areas”.  I’m currently muslining a Guy Laroche suit (Vogue 2578 OOP).  The jacket has a flared sleeve and a zip […]