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The Wardrobe Fit-Along

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Wardrobe planning and sewing with a plan (SWAP) has been on my mind for quite a while.  As I continue to assess my wardrobe with the help of a wardrobe consultant, we are trying to get me to the point of actually having something to wear when I stand at the door of my closet.  The big question for me has been: "How do you "plan" for a "teaching--flexible--be ready at a moments notice" lifestyle and still remain "stylish" not "overdressed" or "stuffy." I love anything outdoors, I love the theatre, the ballet, camping, and even frequent the local home repair store for DIY home projects.  But, I have suits galore and pencil skirts out the kazoo, with a few date night digs to boot.  However, when I go to the closet, I look at that stuff, and think of funerals, board meetings, and "look at me" parties.  Even church doesn't require that type of dressing anymore.  I want to feel comfortable and still maintain my laid ba

Twirling fun-- The Super Full Skirt with Godets: McCall's 6608 a Review

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I made this skirt almost 3 years and ago!  Where has it been?  I had all but forgotten about it until I saw RedPants Designs make her version, now I need a fancy jacket to wear with it in cold weather.  It was all the way back in my closet folded over a pant hanger behind a few other items I just wasn't interested in wearing.  Also, since I have been parsing my closet and checking for "holes" in my wardrobe, with the help of my trusty styling and wardrobe planning blogs, a few fun outfits I made in the past have been resurfacing.   A goldmine to my surprise.   I was so happy to adorn this fun skirt that I had to take a twirl or few. I was having so much fun twirling, I felt like a kid.  This skirt is from the  McCall's 6608- Misses' Skirts .  I made it from the lightest and most difficult of rayon jersey knits out there, at least I think.  It required 4 yards of fabric and I wanted every bit of that fabric in this skirt.  The drape is sublime and you

Just Another Plain Ole’ T-Shirt...McCall's 6355

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Most of the time when I want to grab a simple pair of jeans and a t-shirt I end up with over stretchy, graphic and just blah-zay.  I need some basics so that when I want to dress basic, I’ll have something to wear. 

Sewing Knits and Slippery Fabrics: Walking Feet, and Dual Feed-- The When, Why and How.

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Everyday, I try something new on my sewing machines. It is important to know what my machine is capable of and recognize the need and usefulness of the accessories and attachments available.  There are many to techniques to choose from on any given day, while working with the varied projects.  For the last 8 months or so I have had the use of the  Bernina 780.  (read more here )  to share the spotlight with my other machines, the Bernina 640 (purchased by me in 2010), and my 30 year old Bernina serger. I wrote a detailed post to help you understand more about how to take full advantage of your machine  when sewing stretchy and slippery fabrics.   Check out article on the WeAllSew Blog. Thanks for following along and as always, email me if you have any questions. Thanks.

Another Year another Birthday Suit: Vogue 2937 Review

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My birthday was last month, and a fine month it was.  To celebrate I attended a nice little Birthday Bash for those of us 40 and up.  This was my first time going to something like this with people "my age" in a sense.  Funny, that I would refer to these folks as a group...but it is different mingling in groups where the age range is too broad, the conversation topics change from "in real life" to "selfies and FB updates".   Although, I think I could have held my own amongst any group. Oh yeah, this was another one of those, wait until the last minute to see what you will wear moments.  I don't know how to do it any other way.   Well actually, I do, but I choose to make rush outfits.