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Practice makes perfect

Practice makes perfect

I am developing my own designs (although there's nothing new under the sun) for a tote. I have created about 4-5 iterations so far.  Each time, I take copious notes and stop at the point I am ready...

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The Little Black Dress

The Little Black Dress

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This is a one shoulder party/cocktail dress, very sexy, with a 12" long fringe. I used a embroidered net with sequins. Dress is all lined, but with an sheer back.

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How to Create Echo Stitching

How to Create Echo Stitching

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Lately, I have been finding echo stitching on numerous designer garments. I've seen it on collars, cuffs, and on front plackets. Learn how to add this stitching for a designer look.

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How to Make Fortuny-Style Beaded Edges

How to Make Fortuny-Style Beaded Edges

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Make a creative finished edge with this embellishment technique. It beautifully adorns your garment, and it will provide weight to the hem. This method pays homage to Mariano Fortuny's signature style.

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Sewing Sheer Fabrics

Sewing Sheer Fabrics

I wanted to share my Oscar Party red-carpet dress and jacket which I just finished two days ago!  Every year our local art-house movie theater sponsors a catered, formal wear, red-carpet Oscar...

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Clean-Finish a Curved Shirttail Hem

Clean-Finish a Curved Shirttail Hem

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Many shirttails have very tight curves at the side seams and can be difficult to produce a smooth line along the outside edge. In this technique, the front and back hem curves are completed before the side seams are sewn.

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Video: How to Bind a Sheer Edge

Video: How to Bind a Sheer Edge

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Binding the edges of sheer fabrics is easier than you think with our fast technique.

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Couture Wedding Gown

Couture Wedding Gown

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I had the honor of making my niece's wedding gown. I have sewn most everything but never a wedding dress, or a strapless dress with corset. I knew the fitting and the dress had to be perfectI...

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Ombre Satin Prom Dress with Rhinestones

Ombre Satin Prom Dress with Rhinestones

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This is a dress I made for my daughter's prom.  She liked the reference to the 1940's pinup style. The heavy ombre dutchess satin fabric gave the the mermaid train just the right amount of body and...

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In green

In green

As a base I used a coat from the 90's, a classic form. I cut the pattern from the waist. The top of the jacket I cut open in several places, and extended the model to create a new form. I extended...

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Shades of Fall

Shades of Fall

A child's linen jacket echoing the shades of a slowly emerging fall. It was inspired by the Threads issue (#168) that showed a dress with feathers around the neckline in the fashion fabric. I opted...

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wool bog coat

wool bog coat

I made this unlined jacket using instructions in an article entitled "The Bog Coat- One Seam Sophistication".  It's super-easy.  I used a very good quality tweed wool, which featured a very...

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Jacket Collage

Jacket Collage

My jacket was inspired by the work of Koos van den Akker. The collage used new fabrics and fabrics from my stash. The lining/inside fabric has been in that stash for about 25 years. The light colored...

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Three Piece Outfit Inspired by Alexander McQueen

Three Piece Outfit Inspired by Alexander McQueen

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My daughter casually dropped a picture from Marie Claire Magazine on my desk and said, "You could make me one of these if you get bored."  We discussed potential changes and I filed it away until I...

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summer flapper dress

summer flapper dress

this dress is my own design the woman in the picture is me

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Peplum & Ruffled Top

Peplum & Ruffled Top

I used the Simplicity 1699 as my base pattern but I altered it by lowering the neckline, making a ruffled pattern for the neckline, changing the sleeves, adding volume to the peplum (6x the volume...

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Morning Glory Applique and Quilted Table Runner

Morning Glory Applique and Quilted Table Runner

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It was 100% upcycled using blue jeans and cargo pants. Each flower and leaf was made separately, and then joined using whipstich to make a very original applique table runner.  Each flower and leaf...

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Beaded Cargo Pants Purse

Beaded Cargo Pants Purse

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This upcycled bag made out of a child's cargo pant is perfect for a everyday purse. It is ready for rugged wear but still feminine with the cute beaded detail and the floral buttons. It is...

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Modern Medusa

Modern Medusa

I had so much fun this Halloween! Because my five young children decided on costumes at the last second, I got to feel like I was on project runway-- trying to get Tinkerbelle, Rosetta, two Aquabats...

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LET THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!

LET THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!

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I MADE ALL 3 COSTUMES FROM TOP TO BOTTOM, EXCEPT FOR THE JEDI BOOTS. BOTH JEDI HAVE ROBES WHICH WERE ALSO HOMEMADE. BOTH THEIR BELTS WERE ALSO HOME MADE, USING THICK STRAPS, LAYERED ON TOP OF EACH...

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