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Tag: sewing books

DRAPE DRAPE 3, # 8, THREE PIECE TUCK DRAPE SHORTS

For a couple of years, I’ve been curious about the series of Drape Drape books by Hisako Sato, trolling blogs to see how the pretty draped patterns actually translated on a variety of figures. If you’re not familiar with these books, they’re styled beautifully, with gorgeous (and very skinny) Lolita-like models in all manner of loungy, [...]

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 [...]

HEY, I HAVE A PODCAST! COME LISTEN TO THREAD CULT!

A few months back, I had the whimsical idea of starting a podcast about sewing. At the time, I didn’t really know exactly what this would sound like; all I did know is that I wanted to make the type of thing that I would like to listen to while sewing. You see, podcasts, audio [...]

DRAPING 101: TRUEING THE MASTER BODICE BLOCK

One thing I love about sewing and, I think, pattern making, is that there are rules. Hard, steadfast, mathematically correct rules that’ll show me, almost immediately, when I’ve done something wrong. This is sort of the opposite of other parts of my life, where the right and wrong paths aren’t always obvious, where career decisions [...]

DRAPING 101: AN INTRO

About ten years ago, when I still lived in Seattle and would make a few yearly pilgrimages to Portland’s Powell’s City of Books (a.k.a. a city block of awesome), I bought Dress Design: Draping and Flat Pattern Making. At a cool $40, it was a big splurge*, especially on a used book, but I couldn’t [...]

KICKING ASS AND TAKING NAMES

At some point this past weekend, while I was working on a writing project, the above phrase popped into my head. Like a kung fu master with a clipboard, I want to kick ass and take names. Of course, I’m not actually going to kick any one person’s booty. Just reach my own goals. Perhaps [...]

BurdaStyle PARTY! SO. MUCH. FUN!

Sewing is a solitary sport. Most of the people I know who sew aslo happen to own two cats. Combined, this means most of us only talk to our cats about our passion for the cloth, and cats are terrible conversationalists. But last night  Mr. Fish (shall I call him King Fish?) and I went to the [...]

FEAR AND LOATHING IN SERGER TOWN

Last Christmas, Mr. Fish and I made a deal: I’d sew him a felted wool suit jacket (ahem), and he’d buy me a serger. Almost a year later, said jacket (and another!) still hangs half sewn in my sewing nook. There’s probably a special ring of sewing hell* for this sort of transgression. Of course, [...]

THE FAKE SHAMUS PRINT (VIA SPOONFLOWER!) SORBETTO

As the wife of an artist, I may not fly to the Riviera on our hedge-fund jet or zip around in a Lamborghini (although my man loves him a Countach!), I am constantly delighted by the pictures that come out of Mr. Fish’s (aka Shamus Clisset’s) head and the creativity he’s helped sow and tend [...]

ON LEARNING TO SEW

Last Friday, I met up with a new friend for macaroons and fabric shopping. And, yes, it was just as awesome as it sounds. Oona shared some great tips on fabric shops, where to buy affordable serger thread, and how to wind my bobbin for shirring (which has mystified me for months!). We definitely geeked [...]