February

February lasts forever. This is a fact of life. I wish there was a way to get it out of the calendar each year so we in the frozen north wouldn’t have to live through it. But yet I persist in making things to make the time fly ………… There are always thousands of patterns…

Handmade Room

I spend a lot of my day making things. All sorts of things. Sweaters, socks and shawls, art quilts, clothing, and collages. Since 1992 when we moved to our home in St. Clair Shores, I have had a room all to myself for my supplies and for work. I have an old home now. It’s…

An Awful Day Full of Hate

Yesterday was an awful day. Once again mass murder and hysteria in America. I’m so sick of living in a violent world where human life is valued at nothing. Violence has been increasing here and there is a reason for this. Our economy is so devastated right now that many people – millions – cannot…

Flattering Clothes – and Life in Front of a Mirror

Someone once said “Clothes make the man.” Sorry I don’t know who said this. In my life clothes have been the stuff of dreams. I planned outfits before I would go to sleep as a small child. My closet was arranged by item and color. I needed new clothes regularly to keep up with my…

A List of Requirements for Your Atelier

It may come as no shock to those of you who sew – but you need lots of STUFF. It is not just fabric, patterns, ideas, etc. No. It is expensive necessary STUFF. So here’s a bit of a list for those new sewers out there who want to be able to create awesome fashions….

Fine Fabric and the Hunt for Perfection

Originally posted on Fiber Compulsion:
By now you all know that I sew. Garment construction – yes even design – is one of my most rewarding passions. I search the internet voraciously for fabrics that 1) I want and 2) I can afford. Or I can’t afford but want anyway. I am relentless. I will…

Patterns Patterns Patterns

Originally posted on Fiber Compulsion:
Here are some of the new patterns I’ve purchased recently. Mostly they are from the great McCall’s $1.88 sale and from the Vogue $3.88 sale. I love sale patterns. I bought the Sandra Betzina Tee before and messed up the pattern trying to fit it so I got it again.…