Do you want to get more wear out of your handmade garments? Do you feel lost or bored with what hangs in your closet? The 10×10 wardrobe challenge might be just the thing to re-inspire your wardrobe.
By Delphine Colbeau of Sewing Tidbits
Whether you’re a devotee of the capsule wardrobe or you just want to make the most out of your closet, you will benefit from pushing your style boundaries. The 10×10 challenge is extremely simple: Choose 10 garments in your closet and wear them exclusively for 10 days. Prepare for it in less than an hour and garner valuable lessons about your style that will transform the way you approach sewing for yourself. Continue reading
For me personally, February being National Embroidery Month is incredibly appropriate. There are a lot of things happening this month that I associate embroidery with. For example, when I was a kid, my parents watched the local team’s football game every weekend (I think they still do). My mom, who was perhaps a little less into football than my dad, often used the time to work on a cross stitch project. Because she only worked on it during the games, it was slow going — I think it took about eight years to finish!
Spring is a great time to stitch up a new jacket or two, because the fabrics are fun and they don’t need heavy linings or insulation.
Consider four body types, labeled for convenience with geometric shape names, and some fashion-forward jacket shapes that are flattering to each type. As you choose favorite styles remember that it’s best to pick shapes that draw attention to your best feature. A jacket should always fit smoothly over your curves with room for clothing underneath. Try to avoid over-fitting your smallest features. These jacket shape suggestions will work if you are curvy, thin or somewhere between.
Left to right: hourglass, triangle, inverted triangle, oval Continue reading
Project Runway All Stars S6, E5: Fashion’s New Superheroes
On this week’s Project Runway All-Stars, the designers had to celebrate woman’s inner superhero using words featured in Rodial’s HERO products as “super power” inspiration.
Let me start by saying I didn’t agree with the judges on who won OR who went home. What a disappointing episode in that regard. Usually I agree on some level, even if it’s just with one comment. But nope. Everyone who was safe should have been up for critique, and everyone up for critique should have gone to the lounge, IMO.
Let’s start with Char. That outfit was stunning. Her word was “bee venom.” And her gal looked fierce. You cannot see the yellow heels the model is wearing, but it really pulled the look together. She should have been in the top, but was only “safe.” Continue reading
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Hosting the big game this weekend? What’s a girl to wear?
There’s no need to don an oversized jersey or bulky sweatsuit. Take some cues from Tom Brady’s wife and look effortless yet pulled together with your team’s colors strategically chosen in fabrics that are comfy and chic. Here are Gisele Bündchen’s looks from past Super Bowl games and patterns you can use to get a similar look. Continue reading
Take the Fear out of Sewing Fly-Front Zippers
by Linda Reynolds
Sewing a fly-front zipper seems intimidating. But, it’s actually one of the easiest zipper applications to sew, largely because much of the structural sewing is done behind the scenes on the inside of the garment. The key to a well-sewn fly-front zipper is in the preparation done before any sewing begins.
To ensure a fast and easy application, apply the zipper before the front and back sections are joined, while the fabric pieces are still flat. Also take care to properly mark the critical areas of the fly front, and use a zipper that’s longer than the opening to avoid having to sew around the slider mechanism. Continue reading