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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

Sally shares helpful sewing tips

When I read a good sewing tip, I usually set it aside so I can share it with all of you.  Recently I read a series of tips and I want to highlight the best ones. I have never been a big fan of making a muslin for everything I make so here is an [Read More]

July 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

Silk and brocade ages of fashion

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]

June 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Some basic sewing techniques

There are many variables when sewing different fabrics and sometimes when sewing the same fabric, but there are some basic principles and techniques which will ensure success when sewing any fabric.  It is nice to know there are some basic rules [Read More]

June 7, 2018 // 0 Comments