Sewing a Koos Jacket - Part One

Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 9/10/2014 to Sewing Projects
In the last couple of days I've gotten that feeling of a slight chill in the air when I first get up in the morning. The back of summer has definitely been broken and it is time to focus on sewing things with sleeves, heavier materials, etc. You know how hard it is to think about sewing a coat or jacket when it is still hot out, but now I'm definitely feeling the season start to change and I'm ready for a challenge.

Last year my friend Karen sewed this pattern, Vogue 1277, by Koos Van Den Akker, whose work I have long admired but never sewn.  I love the jacket she made and I have been envious ever since I first saw it last winter.  The pattern is rated "advanced" and I would take that seriously.

Labor Day in The Sewing Room

Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 9/1/2014 to Commentary
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, was established as a holiday by the labor movement in the United States and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. 

The Smugglerís Daughter has many customers in other countries, where Labor Day is celebrated on the first of May, as International Workers Day. Throughout the world, we workers have felt the need for a special celebration of what we have done for the world. 

Of course, in 2014, many of us donít have much affinity for the origin of Labor Day. Rather, it is a long weekend that has come to mark the end of summer, the beginning of the school year, a day off work, and perhaps a fun gathering with a nice bar-b-que. Nothing wrong with that.
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