Monthly Archives: January 2011

Little Corduroy Riding Hood

Nadine, the original designer of this garment calls it a capuche-écharpe, or “hooded scarf”.  But it’s a whole lot more than that:    It’s a hoodie (of a kind!);  a scarf;  a vest; a shawl; and maybe a bunch of … Continue reading

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I’ve just finished a garment that needed a little enlivening, so I added some braid to spruce it up.  (The garment in question will show up in the next post.)  I had an accidentally too-wide expanse of black corduroy, and … Continue reading

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Vintage McCall’s 3087: Old Is New (or at least Japanese) Again

Two terrific bloggers recently posted several batches of vintage men’s shirt patterns.  Lisa, of As I Said  .  . .  and Peter, of Male Pattern Boldness, both featured this vintage McCall’s (no. 3087) pattern, and now Peter’s decided to make … Continue reading

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Presser Foot Storage

My Pfaff 1229 has storage for the five most commonly used presser feet on the top of the machine, but over the years I’ve acquired quite a few more of these handy accessories.  I store them in a double-sided box … Continue reading

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Kindle Case

A dear relative recently acquired a Kindle DX, and wanted a case for it.  There are lots of e-reader cases around, but not so many for the over-size DX, so I decided to see what I could whip up. The … Continue reading

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Felting, Of A Kind

This presser foot is called a “couching/braiding foot”.  It’s one I haven’t used before: It’s got a loop in the front through which to feed braid (or thick yarn), and a groove in the back so that the braid/yarn can … Continue reading

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SewStylish Tunic

There’s  nothing like the phrase “month-long trip with one suitcase” for getting my attention, so I took one look at the “Comfy Cowl Top” article in the Winter 2010 SewStylish/Quick Stuff to Sew or Whatever — see note below — … Continue reading

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Case Mod

Apparently my mania for adorning my suitcase is unstoppable.  I’ve added little, personal, “de-merit” badges to the cover to complement my “destination” souvenirs: The three small circular badges running across the center of the picture represent (left to right):  storms … Continue reading

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