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Tag: Vintage Patterns

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 [...]

ON THE BIAS! EPISODE #19 OF THREAD CULT

If I had to pick one type of dress to live in for the rest of my life, it would probably be some number cut on the bias. Even before I really knew what bias-cut clothing was, I lusted after hip-hugging 1930′s ball gowns. And I probably spent way too much time studying reproduction patterns [...]

COLETTE PATTERNS! AN INTERVIEW WITH SARAI MITNICK, EPISODE #18 OF THREAD CULT

When I decided to start a sewing podcast this past winter, one of the first people I reached out to was Sarai Mitnick, founder and designer of Colette Patterns. I’ve admired Sarai’s patterns and blog, Coletterie, since I started getting back into sewing a few years ago. To my delight, Sarai immediately agreed to an [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

THE SAVE-IT-FOR-THE-JUDGE SKIRT

Last month, I got a fake traffic ticket. By “fake,” I mean the police officer told me it was a warning, but through some bureaucratic nonsense I ended up with a court summons. Yesterday, I made my way to the Atlantic Center Department of Motor Vehicles, a sad warren of offices shoved in the back [...]

FINISHING HAND WORKED BUTTONHOLES

Two weeks. Fifteen episodes of Mad Men. Three bottles of wine. A half bottle of whiskey. Three lost needles. Too many yards of black buttonhole thread. Apparently, that’s my recipe for sewing seven hand-worked buttonholes. There was much less swearing involved with finishing this part of Mr. Fish’s seersucker jacket. As I worked the little [...]

THE NEW YORK “PATCH” BLOUSE (AND A PATTERN GIVE AWAY!)

Learning to sew sometimes feels like learning to drive. At first, you’re clunky, terrified of making mistakes, and you often make wrong turns. But as you excel, you stop thinking so much about the process; the sewing machine, like a steering wheel, starts to feel like an extension of your hands, the pedal part of [...]

CLOTHING SUITED TO TODAY’S CHALLENGING LIFESTYLE

My grandmother says that if you put an intention into the universe, wondrous things will return to you. This is also probably something my mother-in-law might say. And how fitting, as I’ve been conspiring to make a relaxed t-shirt based off of a shirt she wore, circa 1983, which I saw in a family album recently. [...]

A NEW YORK BLOUSE

When I first moved to New York, I came with $2,000 in the bank, no job (but with a list of contacts), and two suitcases of my worldly possessions. Plenty of people have had it worse. At least I had a sublet of a sublet: a squalid one bedroom  in the East Village with a [...]