It's A Coat and I Am Truly Grateful

Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 11/28/2013 to Sewing Projects
New Coat in BackyardOh what fun it was to sew a new coat using Vogue 8934 and Whirling Dervish Wool from this site. Vogue 8934 is a fun and easy pattern, and although it is listed as "average" difficulty, beginning sewistas should not be put off by the challenge. The pattern designer is Marcy Tilton and her instructions are very clear - probably the best in the business. So I recommend this pattern and the Whirling Dervish Wool to one and all. 

I Found My Buttons in San Francisco

Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 11/24/2013 to Sewing Projects
I am in San Francisco for a buying trip and I am reminded what a great sewing town that San Francisco truly is.  When most people think of San Francisco they think of the Golden Gate Bridge, great food, Chinatown, museums, North Beach and the waterfront.  But when sewistas think of San Francisco, we think of fabric stores! To me, no trip to San Francisco is complete without a visit to Britex.

A Coat That Fits

Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 11/19/2013 to Sewing Projects
Pin fitting is not an exact science, especially when you are doing it by yourself. But since most of us sew at home, by ourselves, that is how we do it. For this coat, I pinned it to the front of a long sleeved winter top (on my body) that I might wear underneath it. I'm glad I took the time to do this because I was surprised by some of the things I found.

A Coat of One's Own

Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 11/16/2013 to Sewing Projects

I mentioned a couple of days ago that I was steaming some wool in preparation for sewing a new coat using Vogue 8934, designed by the fabulous Marcy Tilton. Pre-shrinking wool at home is easy, but not very fun, so many sewistas are tempted to skip this step. You have to be thorough and make sure every inch of your fabric has been steamed. But doing so is much better than having it shrink on you later.

Don't Buy That Ugly Christmas Sweater!

Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 11/8/2013 to Commentary
First, I noticed the cute holiday fabrics in the chain stores around labor day.  Although I find them, and most of the crafting projects that go with them, to be too cutesy for my taste, I have to figure that the fabric stores wouldn't be displaying them if people weren't buying them. Right? Then I noticed the ugly holiday garments. I know we've all had fun with parties and contests for ugliest Christmas sweaters, but really. And the ready-to-wear Christmas offerings like the red or green jumpers, often do seem pretty, well yes, ugly.

Are You Overdressed?

Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 11/2/2013 to Book Reports
Every woman in America should read Elizabeth Cline's examination of the fashion industry because it shines a light on the true costs of the cheap clothes that we have been buying in great volume for over twenty five years. Whether environmental, economic, political or moral, the costs have been much higher than we have been willing to believe as we have spent less per item and yet acquired more volume in clothes at Old Navy, Target, Walmart and other large chain retailers across America.

Are you overdressed?
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