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EXPERIMENTING WITH MADAME GRES-INSPIRED PLEATS

Since my baby was born, my husband and I have been playing a delicate little dance of lets-split-our-free-time. He, being an artist, needs time in his studio. As a writer, sewing fiend, and a person generally used to lots of time alone, I also need time in my studio. Problem is, I don’t really have [...]

ANATOMY OF LACE (AND MY WEDDING DRESS, PIECE BY PIECE)

Almost three weeks ago—before Sandy, before the election, before the November blizzard—I took an hour-long class on working with lace, taught by Susan Khalje over at Mood. To tell the truth, lace has always seemed too high maintenance for me. I’m more wash-and-wear, prone to spilling coffee and mashing my wardrobe into a too small closet. [...]

FUTURE HOODIE

Every summer, Mr. Fish and I head up to visit friends in the Adironacks for some good ol’ outdoor fun and relaxation. I don’t think we even realized how badly we needed this until we canoed to our very own island camp (as in tent camp) last week on Lower Saranac Lake, and proceeded to [...]

THE FUTURE DRESS TUTORIAL

Abandon hope, all ye who enter here: this is going to involve some math! Didn’t  scare you? Good. Because I’m about to share how to draft my favorite dress of the season. If you caught my first post on my reimagining of Claire McCardell’s future dress from 1945, you may remember that I promised a [...]

ETSY-RIFIQUE AND THE FUTURE DRESS TUTORIAL (ON ITS WAY!)

After a long hiatus, I’m starting to restock my Etsy shop. This is proving a fun way to test out some new designs, as well as thin out my stash for our coming move to a much-reduced space in Midtown. I’m also starting to stock some items that have been popular with friends (hello Future [...]

1000 SHADES OF COMPROMISE

This morning, my head feels a little clouded and my eyes sizzled from staring too long at the three-headed monster that is the Craigslist apt/housing section. Pourquoi, you ask? Mr. Fish and I are taking the infinitely exciting and  somewhat insane leap across the river, moving from Brooklyn to Manhattan. The move is partially for [...]

THE FUTURE DRESS, PART 2

I have a new love affair, and it’s with this dress. If you caught my first post about Claire McCardell’s future dress you’ll know I was a bit hesitant to wear such a floofy gown outside of my apartment. But thanks to encouragement from some of you and a resounding two thumbs up from Mr. Fish, [...]

THE FUTURE IS NOW: REIMAGINING CLAIRE MCCARDELL’S FUTURE DRESS, Part I

My first go at the future dress As a kid, I often liked to watch old musicals simply for the costumes. I could appreciate Fred and Ginger’s fancy footwork, but it was usually Ginger’s gowns that really got me excited. I dreamed of recreating these ethereal, flowing dresses, and I sketched them out on napkins [...]

TYRANNY OF THE HANDMADE

Since starting to sew seriously for myself, about a year ago, I’ve tried to wear as many things that I’ve made as possible. At first, wearing my own clothes felt intimidating. What if my seams busted? Or what if people thought my creations were ugly, but didn’t want to tell me?  Really, I didn’t have [...]

BADONKA WHAT?

Every once in a while, I sew something that I think is totally a-mazing while strutting in my apartment, but that proves completely inappropriate when taking it to the street (you know it Michael McDonald!). Usually these mishaps involve raveling seams or circle skirts blowing up around my face in a wind storm, but this [...]