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About Sally Cowan (45 Articles)
After Keeping You in Stitches for over 45 years, Sally enjoys her memories of events that happened on her way to retirement. Author of 6 books, lectures, teaching, and TV host on PBS and now has time for her many cats and Snuggles, the dog. She also loves playing trumpet in the Anastasia Baptist Church orchestra.

Iron important part of sewing

A very essential piece of equipment when sewing is an iron.  Last week I started writing about how the iron was invented.  Because the iron use to be so heavy and the heat source was unreliable, soot was picked up and it was cumbersome to use.  A [Read More]

January 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sew fine with the right iron

By SALLY COWAN I do hope all my readers had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. Now that “the party is over”, it is time to get back to work.  And that can mean ironing again.  If you sew, you need to iron.  Neatly pressed clothes [Read More]

January 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sally’s button saga continues

Thanks for all the comments about my button columns.  I too am enjoying learning so much about their history.  So I will continue on my button quest. I thought this week I would pick up where I left off. Leather buttons have been made since the [Read More]

October 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

Buttons more than finishing touch

SAINT AUGUSTINE – Pearl buttons made their debut in 1885.  They are still my favorite buttons.  I don’t believe buttons, from the very beginning, were created just to finish it, but to enhance it.  Buttons are sized in “lines.”  To [Read More]

October 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Silks, brocades of 18th century

Fashions through the ages were full of silk and brocade.There were several styles of dress for women during the 18th century.  The first was the “mantua,” a gown that was fitted into the waist at the back and worn open at the front to show a [Read More]

September 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Hints on how to sew activewear

Sewing activewear isn’t as easy as it looks unless you know what you are doing.  It doesn’t have to be hard, but you need to know a few things.  I see lots of people riding bikes and running and sometimes you can’t find the perfect pair of [Read More]

September 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

Fabric prep for cotton and linen

A few weeks ago I wrote about cotton and linen but I would be remiss if I didn’t write about the fabric preparation.  Fortunately, most cottons and linens do not require special pre-treatment.  A quick test for shrinkage and ironing preferences [Read More]

August 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Bathing suits through the ages

This week I will complete my series about fashion designs through the ages.  I thought I would end on a “high” note—bathing suits.  Since 360 B.C., I don’t think a woman alive likes to try on a bathing suit.  Tall, short, thin, heavy, [Read More]

July 25, 2018 // 0 Comments