Athena Magazine

Fashion, lifestyle, passions

Quick and Inexpensive Gifts You Can Make December 22, 2009

Out of money and time? Try these budget-friendly DIY gift ideas …

 

The Best of Indie Sewing Patterns December 13, 2009

anna maria horner study hall skirt pattern

The delicious Study Hall Skirt pattern from Anna Maria Horner

Read the latest DIY Design column for the top picks in indie sewing patterns. Click here.

 

Learn, Baby, Learn: The best of online sewing instruction December 4, 2009

You don’t have to live in a big city or go to a fancy fashion school to get top notch sewing instruction. Read my column about online sewing classes here.

 

Sewers turn to the quilting aisle for yummy fabrics and projects November 18, 2009

Read here about great projects and colorful fabrics that are drawing sewers in droves to the quilting world …

 

Project Runway: Logan is out—Get last week’s show dish before tomorrow’s episode November 5, 2009

loganWe know he needed to go a while back and was just riding on his looks and sweet nature—and we’ll miss both but not the designs. Read more here on Episode 10.

 

Technically Speaking: Hi-Tech Sewing Supplies October 24, 2009

sewRead the latest DIY Design column and learn about a few of the coolest sewing tools. Click here …

 

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.

 

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 …