sewing

Black chain pencil skirt: To the side

The world’s cutest pincushion. I nabbed this little beauty at Madison’s annual Craftacular a few years ago. The artist who made the pincushion has an Etsy store filled with other remarkable felted creations. After installing the zipper, it was time to stitch the side seams. This is pretty straight-forward business: sew the seam with a […]

Black chain pencil skirt: Feeling exposed

Staystitching the top edges. Staystitching helps edges from getting stretched out. The doohickey on the right is a seam guide. It has a magnet that sticks to the throat plate of my sewing machine. The seam guide helps keep seams consistent. I use it almost every time I sew a seam. After I drafted the […]

Black chain pencil skirt: Drafting, cutting

Click on the image for a larger view. After a sewist has picked fabric and notions, it’s time for her to crunch some numbers: her vital statistics. In other words, you ask yourself, “How do I figure?” To make this skirt, I am using Sew What! Skirts: 16 Simple Styles You Can Make with Fabulous […]

Introducing the black chain pencil skirt

The cast of characters: brassy buttons, brass jeans zipper, and the star: black chain print cotton twill. I have a vision for a sewing project, and it started in the kitchen. MVH and I received a very nice set of Chicago Cutlery knives for our wedding in 2003. And use those knives we did! But […]

The big coverup: Pink stitches

I livened up my teal coverup with hot pink zigzag stitches. Before I get into it, I want to explain my absence. I was on vacation. I wasn’t being lazy. Well, I was being lazy, but not at my house. MVH and I traveled to the southern part of Croatia, also know as Dalmatia. It’s […]

The big coverup

Lest you think all I do around here is eat, here’s a glimpse at a pair of clothing projects. I have a beach vacation coming up, and I need swimsuit coverups that are more stylish than an oversized Brewers T-shirt (charming as it may be). I want coverups that go from beach to cafe and […]

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