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Best Designer sewing patterns for Fall/Winter 2009 October 14, 2009

formCheck out the latest in designer patterns here.

 

Designers get the blues as Louise leaves October 5, 2009

projectLouise is out, out, out, sadly, and there are only nine little designers left … catch up on Episode 7 here.

 

Vintage restyling and recycling October 1, 2009

formCheck out my latest column on Stylist.com on restyling and recyling vintage and gently used garments. See it here.

 

Catch up on Project Runway Episode 6 September 28, 2009

projectIn case you didn’t hear, Ra’mon is off (sniff). Get the dirt on the Episode 6 of Project runway. Read here …

 

Cowgirls unite: Couture Western Shirts September 24, 2009

A Western-styled jacket---isn't that just the coolest!

A Western-styled jacket---isn't that just the coolest!

In my ongoing tribute to Canada, here’s a site I found that makes the most painstakingly crafted Western shirts and more. If you’ve been seeking Western wear that’s created the couture way, look no further. I’m always thrilled to find another fan of slow sewing. Read below to learn about Golden West Clothing:

“I make western shirts and jackets.  Most styles are organic cotton.  At present, all patterns, cutting and sewing is done by me in my studio in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

I manufacture according to principles that have become known as “slow fashion”. The designs endure, materials are chosen for their quality and eco-friendly characteristics.  Construction emphasizes craft over mechanization.

Some shirts recreate vintage styles. Others re-imagine classics with a modern edge. They all pay homage to the western shirt in one way or another. The piping is custom made. Chainstitch embroidery is not computerized. There’s no fusing. All seams are flat-felled by hand. You won’t find shirts like these in any store.”

See more Golden West Clothing …

 

Fast, cool sewing projects September 23, 2009

formCheck out my latest column on Stylist.com: fast and cool sewing projects you can find online and download.

 

Canadian Flare September 20, 2009

SmallBanner_ClosedHere’s one for you magazine junkies out there. I’m in Nova Scotia, Canada, this weekend and noticed Flare, a fashion magazine on the newsstand that appears to be solely Canadian. To me, it very exciting to find publications that aren’t just American spinoffs. Take a peek at Flare.

 

And about Fashion Week September 19, 2009

calvin-klein-grey-dress-186tp091809In a highly unlikely scenario, I have gone through an entire fashion week, without a single post on it. In fact, I went down to the tents to meet a fashion editor friend and while I didn’t have a ticket inside this year, just hanging out at the entrance, it all struck me as so much more subdued. Heck, you could even get chairs at the little Bryant Park outdoor cafe. That said, fashion is still fashion and I have a new favorite site for coverage: Stylist.com. This site has an edge and point of view that makes most traditional fashion sites (and you know who you are) look staid and tradition-bound. Stylist.com makes fashion fun again. And I know for a fact that the editors have been working thier little hearts out night and day to get the cheekiest coverage to you and there’s a whole week’s worth in the banks now. I especially like the blog. Check it out.

 

Johnny is out in latest Project Runway paper couture challenge September 18, 2009

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projectIn a black and white and catty all over episode, Johnny Sakalis is the next designer to fall. Read more.

 

Sewing musts: How to cut out a pattern September 17, 2009

plusFind all sorts of great resources on how to cut out a pattern in the latest DIY Design column. Discover here.