Pattern Making Books Bibliography

patternmakingfashiondesignHere is the list of pattern making books that Mary Jo and Debby recommend for the Designing Divas neighborhood group. These books have directions for different design techniques.

All purchases ordered via the book links below support our local chapter. Of course you’re free to purchase the books elsewhere. To save yourself some money also check out the used books/second hand sellers.… Read the rest

A Handbook of Lettering for Stitchers

tumblr_kzpvdursay1qa53iwo1_500Public Collectors is founded upon the concern that there are many types of cultural artifacts that public libraries, museums and other institutions and archives either do not collect or do not make freely accessible. Public Collectors asks individuals that have had the luxury to amass, organize, and inventory these materials to help reverse this lack by making their collections public.Read the rest

Dressing down a culture for refusing to dress up

Markita sent me this article by Nancy Giles about the dressing down culture. Make sure to watch the video as well!

(CBS News) Dressing elegantly for the most routine matters is a tradition from a distant past — and our Nancy Giles thinks that’s a shame (see the orginal CBS article here)

“There’s got to be a happy medium between wearing a burka and running around half-naked,” said Przybyszewski.Read the rest

All about buttonholes

This morning’s Toujour Couture meeting was all about buttonholes.

A buttonhole by definition is a small slit in a garment or piece of fabric for fastening a button, but we all know a buttonhole is much more than a slit in cloth!

It can be either utilitarian or a design element depending on the garment being created.… Read the rest

The Secret Strength of Silk Organza

If you envision frilly little girls’ dresses, crisp sheer collars, or a translucent evening concoction when you hear the name “silk organza,” reconsider.

In this Threads Magazine article (download here) Marla Kazell, teacher of fine-sewing techniques, will show you several ways silk organza can greatly improve the results of your sewing.… Read the rest

ASG Sewing Hall of Fame 2012

Each year the National ASG picks a Hall of Fame Honoree. Induction into the Sewing Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have had a lasting impact on the home sewing industry with unique and innovative contributions through sewing education, product development, media or other sewing industry related endeavors.

Claire Shaeffer was the 2012 Inductee into the ASG Sewing Hall of Fame.… Read the rest