Tag Archive: fabric

Do You Want More Gravy?

There’s a tradition in our house that, when cooking dinner, you always prepare enough food for the Uninvited Guest. If they don’t show up then there’s plenty for seconds or enough for dinner the next day. I learned this from … Continue reading

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Grey Flower Dress

Hello again!  I must say that I really needed this past vacation!  My dad came out to visit us and we hung out, went to NYC and watched Chicago while we were out there.  The babies really do love their grandpaw.  (grad-paw cuz they are puppies! Well I think it is cute.) I also tried…

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Grey Flower Dress

Hello again!  I must say that I really needed this past vacation!  My dad came out to visit us and we hung out, went to NYC and watched Chicago while we were out there.  The babies really do love their grandpaw.  (grad-paw cuz they are puppies! Well I think it is cute.) I also tried…

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MPB Day 2017 — It Just Gets Awesomer!

Friends, it’s hard to believe that yesterday was the seventh annual MPB Day — we all just get younger and younger!Like every MPB Day in the past, it was an awesome time, but I hope I’m not sounding biased when I say that perhaps yesterday’s MPB Day wa…

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Lace Table Cloths

Hello again!  This past week(s) I’ve been on vacation and finally have had some time to finish up a lot of projects I started and never really got around to finishing.  These lace table cloths and runners I am making are for a clients wedding.  They bought all the lace in various lengths because that…

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Lace Table Cloths

Hello again!  This past week(s) I’ve been on vacation and finally have had some time to finish up a lot of projects I started and never really got around to finishing.  These lace table cloths and runners I am making are for a clients wedding.  They bought all the lace in various lengths because that…

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Back to Black

My goodness! Thank you all so much for all the very constructive, knowledgeable and well thought out responses as to the “what length of dress” question. I have read every one and will follow the majority – I shall henceforth … Continue reading

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How to Choose your Hadley Fabric

Today we’re going to talk about choosing your Hadley fabric! Probably the most important thing to remember when choosing fabrics is that the Hadley is a shape that needs drape. If you choose something too stiff rather than having an elegant A-line top that flows with you as you move, you’ll sort of be wearing a […]

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Fabulous Creative Retreat – Part One

This past weekend six brave souls arrived at the farm bright and early Saturday morning. The subject of the day was Fabric Printing in the morning. The concept for the afternoon was to embellish the printed fabric with Crewel Embroidery. I taught this …

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The Only Park Lane

A long, long time ago I bought a dress pattern from Merchant and Mills: the company started in 2010 and  I’ve a sneaking suspicion that I purchased the pattern not long afterwards. It is stored in a sturdy cardboard tube … Continue reading

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The Only Park Lane

A long, long time ago I bought a dress pattern from Merchant and Mills: the company started in 2010 and  I’ve a sneaking suspicion that I purchased the pattern not long afterwards. It is stored in a sturdy cardboard tube … Continue reading

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Sea of Silk

Look – photographic evidence that sometimes, just sometimes, the sun does shine in all its glory here. More blue and I really mean true, royal, luscious, rich, deep, drown-in, indulgent blue crepe de chine. Thank you very much to those … Continue reading

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Border Debate

Blah…blah…blah ….That’s all we hear on the news these days, what with Brexit, border polls, import/export and other stuff – what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland (UK) and Southern Ireland (EU)? At the moment, there isn’t a … Continue reading

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Peasant Blouse (Burda)

Good grief, that’s such a not-inspired title…. So let’s cut to the chase and get on with the sewing. I actually, really and truly, bought a peasant blouse top from a real live shop and loved its gathers, floatiness and … Continue reading

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Planning a Handmade Wardrobe with Sewing Journals and Swatch Books

I haven’t had all that much time for sewing in the last few months and once things slowed down I felt so bewildered by all the things I wanted to make and the growing size of my fabric stash that I wasn’t sewing either. To get back into the groove of t…

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All for Free

One Pirate pencil skirt One Sorbetto top One pair Barb pants A few metres of Jacobean Floral Fantasy – a pique waffle type ponte double jersey in stylised Jacobean floral print. Fairy tale tree of life branches with deepest green foliage, and … Continue reading

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My Thrifty Tips for Secondhand Sewing

Hi friends! I hope you’re all well! I have several garments to share with you, but I’ve been busy getting ready for a trip to Southern California for Costume College and a vacation and I don’t have much time to take photos, so those dresses are waiting in the wings at the moment.  I also […]

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The Shirt (Dress)

This one will not be going to Donegal with me!   Undoubtedly the Internet is a fabulous creation but there is such a thing as ‘too much information’ – I made the fatal mistake of looking up the five day … Continue reading

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PennyDog Vlog #4 – July 1st 2017

I missed last week due to work, outdoor activities and general sickness, but I’m back to briefly share what I’ve been up to this week. I think it might be a little bit out of focus- well I am, the fabric, etc not so much – so I plan to invest in an actual video […]

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Batteries not included…

My little big world of sewing blogs is gradually shrinking: and I am wholly admitting my contribution in that reduction. I cannot deny it…. I have been sewing but not photographing, posing nor posting. Life, life, stuff, more stuff, technical … Continue reading

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Blue rose print Gertie dress

When the latest Cath Kidston catalogue landed on my doormat recently, I was immediately inspired by their colour palette of blue and white floral prints, and got straight on the hunt for some blue roses from Minerva to make my own dress.  They had exactly what I was looking for – a bold and beautiful rose […]

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Loving Yellow and Some New Embroideries

I can’t get enough yellow. I love it in its many shades – sunflower yellow, canary yellow, turmeric yellow, yellow squash, lemon yellow, daffodil yellow, egg yolk yellow. It is so bright and sunny and makes me happy. I’ve been seeing it being featured …

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Fabric Shopping with a Decisive Aussie!

Friends, as much as I like to fabric shop alone, I always have more fun shopping with others, even when I don’t purchase anything.It’s just fun to be around other passionate fabric hoarders sewers! You probably recognize Beccie (pronounced Becky) above…

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I’m A Little Disappointed…

See, I’ve been avidly following Tee’s sewing adventures on Instagram and her blog, Maggie Elaine. This month she’s made some amazing pieces from Stylish Fabrics. When a 20% off discount showed up on Instagram this month, I thought let me try them out.N…

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Suit Pants to Vest

I am back! I hope you all have been a little more successful in your sewing and crafting endeavors than I have been lately.  Above is the vest in regular light after a second run of pressing. The bride really wanted a vest for the groom, but the consultant that they were working with completely ignored…

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Podcast Episode #98: Kathy Miller and Michael Steiner, Co-Founders of Michael Miller Fabrics

On this episode of the While She Naps podcast. I’m Abby Glassenberg. Today we’re talking about running a fabric company with my guests, Kathy Miller and Michael Steiner. Kathy and Michael are the co-founders of Michael Miller Fabrics. Bloom by Sandra Clemons for Michael Miller Fabrics. We begin by talking about Kathy’s and Michael’s careers… 

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PennyDog Vlog #2 – June 3rd 2017

Working away on the Antique Shop Floor quilt, and some fabrics I bought but I hope some of you can help me decide what to do with the swatches, and share any walking foot tips with me since mine is looking wonky! The sound isn’t as good as when I used the iPhone, maybe I’ll […]

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Liberty Silk Crepe de Chine M6696 Shirtdress

At the start of the month The Fabric Store got in touch to see if I’d be interested in trying out a selection of their fabrics. Of course I jumped at the chance as I’ve been addicted to this store since I visited their LA branch 18 months ago and was b…

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All the ruffles

It all started with a Sachin & Babi dress that I fell instantly in love with. At that point, I wasn’t truly intending on making a dress, but I couldn’t stop thinking about how I would do it, if I ever decided to go ahead with it. I actually had the most perfect fabric in […]

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I Love Fabric!

I make no apologies for loving fabric as much as I do. To me, fabric is like paint to a painter.  How do you create a masterpiece or a basic without resources? Now I know there are multiple ways to acquire “the raw material” or fabric. I also know…

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