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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.

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Whip up some DIY accessories today November 25, 2009

Check out my column on quick-sew bags, jewelry and flower adornments that you can put together in no time. Read it 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.

 

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.

 

Project Runway Episode 4 wrapup September 16, 2009

projectB-list judges with barbed tongues and meltdowns as the designer pack thins—that’s what you find along with who was was. http://www.stylelist.com/blog/2009/09/11/project-runway-recap-challenge-turns-the-tables-on-the-conte/

 

Project Runway Episode 3 wrapup: Mitchell gets the boot! September 4, 2009

Mitchell-hoverRead all the workroom drama in this beachwear/avant-garde challenge (really!).  Go here …