Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 11/25/2015 to Commentary
Last year that was a lot of media buzz about large retail stores essentially forcing their employees to work on Thanksgiving. It seems that “Black Friday” simply had to start early. This year, on the other hand, there is a lot of media buzz about REI staying closed for Thanksgiving and “Black Friday” and there have been stories about how many retail chains are completely closed on Thanksgiving Day.  Today I read an article about how the day after Thanksgiving is not such an important shopping day after all.  

I, for one, have to admit that on many occasions, while cooking Thanksgiving dinner, I have been grateful to find out that a grocery store was open.  

Keeping it Positive About Butterick's New Winter Patterns

Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 11/4/2015 to Commentary

I got the feedback that my latest review of the new Vogue Patterns was a bit negative for some of you nice people who read my blog.  So, I am trying to keep it positive this time when I write about the latest offerings from Butterick.  

I am pleased to say that there is one dress pattern that I would love to sew - #6280, which is a style that can be flattering on many different women.  I love the opportunity to use a combination of fabrics - like a solid ponte on the sides and a print on the front and back.  The neckline is a nice detail that adds interest and you can either include the side pockets or not.  I’m seeing this in a black ponte like Maggy London's Jet Black Ponte on the sides and a print like the  Red Volcanic Eruption in the front and back.  Or you could use Betsey Johnson's Geometric print on the front and back - that would be a real stunner for the right sewista with a bit of silver in her hair.

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