Ok, I think we have found some inspiration here! Check out this bodice: Am I crazy? Is this special? Am I just shoe dazzled? Yes, please. Pattern placement making me very inspired! This tailored retro uniformy thing is really working for me! Anyone else? Look. At. This.Coat! Squint in at this little hip detail! Even […]read more
I didn’t expect Philadelphia to have a garment district when I moved almost 5 years ago, and was pleasantly surprised when I found out about Fabric Row. Located on 4th street between South Street and Catherine Street, it was a thriving, busy street during the early 20th century where vendors and merchants bought the best fabrics. Even though it’s not what it used to be and it’s no where near the size of NYC’s Garment District, but there are good quality stores that are second, third, and fourth generation family businesses. So, I rounded up my favorites! This guide covers mostly Fabric Row as there is not much elsewhere. I also included places to grab lunch, dinner, coffee or a treat along the way! FABRICs + NOTIONS Maxie’s Daughter 724 South 4th Street http://www.ugcs.caltech.edu/~plavchan/maxiesdaughter/ A family run business, Maxie’s Daughter used to be located in Philly’s Italian Market and was originally named Max Wilk Fabrics. Now run by Eric Trobman and his family, it was his grandfather, Max who immigrated from Russia and started the shop by renting a pushcart and folding scrap fabric neatly to get people to buy. When Wilk passed away in the early 1990s, his daughter, Beverly Trobman, took over. Three years later, she relocated to Fabric Row and renamed the store. The store is in the same location, which you can’t miss because of the giant mural on the side of the building. The right half of the store is dedicated to upholstery and drapery fabrics while the left side is dedicated to fashion fabric. Be prepared to hear family-style bickering between the staff. They are family after all! “Irving, can you help this young lady?”, “Irving, will you put this back?”, “Irving…. Irving… Irving…” It will only take a couple minutes to realize that one, Irving does a lot…
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I wore this dress frequently throughout my pregnancy, it was flattering and very very comfortable. It was great for the winter and now it is carrying through to the spring quite nicely. I would pop on thick long sweater and wool hat with my suede booties for a more dressy cold weather look or Iread more
This is the Seashore Dress, Top, & Tunic pattern by Gracious Threads. Here’s my review! I’m obsessed with Gracious Threads patterns. I own the Seena Dolman Tee in girls and womens sizes; and the Lazy Day Lounge Pants (which I … Continue reading →
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This was one of those Burda moments where I couldn’t find anything I loved in the magazine. I looked and looked and looked. I drank wine and looked. I asked my kids and we all looked. I asked my husband and we looked again. Nothing really called out to me. Most were a little weird, some were just fugly, and a few were okay. I chose one of the okay ones thinking I had the perfect fabric for it. Behold, Dawn the Pirate. ETA: I should have added this is Burda 04-2015 #112. I graded down to a size 34, my typical Burda size.
I tried it with a belt and without. The sleeves seem too short too. Not only does this thing have big arms and extra fabric, it has four, yes FOUR, large pleats sewn into the shoulders to make it even more voluminous. YAY!
Arrrrrrrrrrrrr, you win some, you lose some. I DO love this fabric though, so I may try to refashion it into something. I got it from FabricMart a while back. It’s a poly blend something. I really do like the colors.
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Warning: The horse puns are dire and predictable and don’t get any better, I’m afraid.We check in on Art’s workout and this time he’s off for a hill climb and burning some mad post-run calories with his intense gaze into the distance thinking about the…read more
Hey everyone! This week I finished an Assassins Creed commission for an awesome friend of mine! Here is a picture of the jacket. This was made for her fiance. Below is what she first gave me to look off of. With this jacket I used blue and black cotton twill fabric that she bought on…read more
I felt this matter deserved a post rather than an addendum on other post. I have not been sewing much lately nor blogging due to the illness and loss of my grandmother. My grandma passed away peacefully after almost two weeks in the hospital from heart disease. She was 89 and outlasted my grandpa by […]read more
Since a few people have asked about the status of my backpack pattern, I thought I would give a quick update. The process of getting the pattern ready and formatted is taking far longer than I expected. If I had known this from the beginning, I would have waited to make the announcement that I […]read more
The Oliver + S Lunch Box tee and culottes pattern really appealed to me when it was first released. Despite culottes being fashionable at the moment, I just haven’t been able to bring myself to make a pair for me. Being 158cm tall, thick around the middle and middle-aged could have something to do with that […]read more
After previous attempts to find a great fabric combo for the Ishi failed, I think I finally made the dress which will be on the cover of the pattern. I went for a few fabrics from the Australian textile house Umbrella Prints. I fell in love with their prints a long time ago, but somehow never came round […]read more
For over two centuries, generations of artisans have trusted The DMC Corporation’s high-quality fabrics, textiles, and other crafting supplies. Now we’re launching Commonthread, our tribute to the community of makers, artists, DIY enthusiasts, and anyone who shares the creative spirit. We’re featuring finished goods for the first time in our history as a way to […]read more
You may not know it, but there’s an 11th commandment in life.
“Thou shalt not quit.”
Am I right?
So even when a creative business is floundering, or you’re just too dang exhausted or cash-strapped to get excited about it any more, you’ll hang on and on until the business dies in either an explosion of flames or dust, or fades away into a withered skeleton.
How do you know when it’s time to quit your creative business – or at least scale back significantly? When is it okay to let go and give yourself permission to pivot?
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Today we have one final winter skirt tutorial for you! Because it’s finally warming up. I drafted this skirt myself, with a lot of math and sweat and so on, but you could probably use Simplicity 5524 to make a similar skirt. I made an 8 paneled skirt, where the panels widened at the bottom […]
Here’s the finished Davie Dress from the last two tutorial posts! Recently, I demonstrated how to sew the neckline binding on the Davie Dress. It’s the one step that might be challenging or different on this simple pattern. I also showed how to trim the hem evenly using the attachment on my dress form, which is […]read more
It is funny to be working on such a long term project and yet feel like you are running out of time. In my case, running out of sunshine for solar dyeing and flowers and fruits dropping off the trees at alarming rates means that I need to make some decisions, quick time. When I […]read more