Embellishment & Mending: Sashiko Stitching

Sashiko or little stabs are a Japanese technique of mending clothing or reinforcing areas of high wear. Usually it was white or natural cotton thread onto indigo dyed garments so the contrast as well as the rhythmic dashes create a functional and aesthetically pleasing focal point. Whether or not it was intended to be. Quilters have used this type of stitching as well to quilt together the fabrics or create interest.  Continue reading “Embellishment & Mending: Sashiko Stitching”

My Wardrobe: Harrison Shirt

I know as a plus sized person most of my options in button down shirts are going to have issues. If the sleeves fit my biceps then the buttons gape in the front, or if both those problem areas are ok the sleeves, shoulder seams and hem are too long. For the longest time I just gave up and didn’t button a shirt past my bust and wore tank tops under them. Not any more!! The Harrison Shirt designed by Cashmerette was created with curvy women in mind, the amount of subtle seam line curves that hug the body and use give just the right amount of ease.  Continue reading “My Wardrobe: Harrison Shirt”

Halloween: Sewing Tips and Tricks

No one will know your sewing secrets unless you tell them.  I have been making costumes for a while now, it’s how I got interested in sewing. In the interest of saving time here are some of the sewing tips and tricks I have used in this season of the craft. Continue reading “Halloween: Sewing Tips and Tricks”

Halloween: Accessories Tips and Tricks

Tips for making your Halloween accessories

I have had my share of costumes and now with kids even more costumes are “needed” every year. Truth be told some have been store bought but most were me made. In my many years as a do it yourself type gal I have tried out many tools and mediums to create our costumes. Here are my tips and tricks for your halloween accessories:

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Shorts with a full belly adjustment

How I adjusted a pattern for my full belly and made them hang better. I also trouble shoot and stash bust thru my fabrics and notions.

I have a few pairs of the Colette patterns Iris Shorts and I kept making them because I  altered the pattern for a full tummy making them comfortable and a quick sew. I will say that the front pocket placement isn’t the most flattering for anyone with a bit of a full Continue reading “Shorts with a full belly adjustment”

Silk, Shibori and pattern hacking

How I made a difference in dye value work in a finished garment.

I love silk noil or raw silk. I first found it when I was working at JoAnne’s Fabrics and I bought the entire bolt of tan 45”. I made wonderful wide leg drawstring pants out of it and a tank top. It had a great drape and being silk it just wore really well. It does have a bit of a Continue reading “Silk, Shibori and pattern hacking”