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Books

Book Review: Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp

One of my resolutions this year is to learn how to sew. I have a vague knowledge of hemming and I own a vintage Singer Spartan sewing machine, so my only barrier to being the next contestant on Project Runway is practice. It was in this spirit that I ordered the Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp.

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We try it!

We Try It: Making an Heirloom Crochet Blanket

My mother taught me how to crochet when I was 28. It took me this long to get into anything remotely crafty – I have never used a sewing machine and would never entertain the idea of darning socks. But that time, I was keen, and I realised crochet is really quite easy (knitting still scares […]

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Ladyguides

The Lazy Lady’s Guide to DIY: Easy Drawstring Backpack

Let’s get a few things out of the way right off the bat: I am terrible at sewing, I find cutting straight lines difficult, and even if I measure once and cut twice, I always end up measuring wrong. That all said: I made these little drawstring bags in about a half hour, and they […]

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Ladyguides

DIY: T-Shirt Pillow

This is Soccer Girl. MiniB saw her in a thrift store about three years ago and it was love at first sight. Even though the shirt was big enough for her to wear as a nightgown, she loved it and wore it as often as she could. 

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Perspectives

Sewing the Wedding Dress: Defining Simple

Part Two, in which “simple” becomes quite complicated Cindy showed me a sarong style wedding dress she liked; a nicely made, two-piece garment from white charmeuse with orange trim that seemed really affordable. “Why are you not just ordering this?” I asked. “I don’t like how it comes up at the waist and shows stomach,” […]

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Perspectives

Sewing The Wedding Dress: The Proposal

Part One, in which a friend asks a favor. “I need you to sew my wedding dress,” my friend, Cindy, said during a break at a work conference recently. I nearly spat my coffee out laughing. “No!” “Why not?” “One, my skills aren’t wedding dress appropriate,” I said. “Two, you’re a demanding bitch and impossible […]

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New Show Recap

Recap: Project Runway, Episode 9.5: “World Wear III”

Are any of you still alive out there?  Or did Nina Garcia suck out your soul through your nose like she did our designers last week? I prevented my eternal damnation by saying three Hail Michaels and one Our Daddy Gunn, amen.  Hail Michael, full of bitchery. Our designs are with thee. Blessed art thou […]

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New Show Recap

Recap: Project Runway, Episode 9.1: “The Answer is Always Used Underpants.”

Greetings, fashionistas, reality tee-vee-istas, judges-who-use-too-much-orange-self-tanner-istas – it’s Project Runway time! PR is one of my fav-or-ite shows, even if they did choose a hipster troll who “designs” brown diapers to win last season.

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Crossposts

FFB: Handmade Clothes and Social Class

The Feminist Fashion Bloggers theme for this month is Feminism, Fashion, and Social Class, and I’m looking at handmade clothing as an indicator of social class (namely, middle class). I believe Laura is also writing about something similar – great minds think alike, apparently! All the FFB posts are up at the group site. For […]

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Ladyguides

How To Make Cafe Curtains (and how to Make It Work when you screw them up)

This was originally intended to be a tutorial about how to make your own cafe curtains, and it still is, but it’s also a lesson in problem-solving.  I don’t think I’ve ever had a sewing project where I didn’t make at least one mistake along the way.  Those are the Make It Work moments, and […]

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Ladyguides

Ladyguides: How To Hem Your Own Pants

Last time we covered the basics of needle and thread, so today we;ll just jump right into hemming your own pants.

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Just for Fun

You made it through Monday

Today’s wrap-up is a little later than I planned due to some unexpected mishaps with public transportation.  But don’t worry, I have purchased a mini-iron so you can all rest easy knowing that my craft projects that involve tiny sewing will be much easier.  Phew!  And what would a Monday be without several catastrophes? Thanks […]