Category Archives: DIY

More Masks

More masks, acknowledging the arrival of Covid Delta, and recognizing that we’ll be wearing them for quite a while yet. Both of these masks are Mr. Noile’s, and both are the Marfy free pattern.

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An Apron for Mr. Noile

Mr. Noile has been spending more and more time with his various outdoor cooking devices. One of our ancient IKEA aprons. Much nicer than the current version, BTW! He wears our kitchen aprons when fiddling about in the open air. … Continue reading

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Bag Edits

I admit to having a pretty serious bag problem. A bag for every purpose; that’s my motto. I make them; I buy them; I use different ones all the time, depending on the day’s (or, formerly, the trip’s) purpose. But … Continue reading

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Masks? Why, Yes

Herein, a brief history of my life with masks. (Hail, Covid!)  I began researching and sewing when urgent calls went out in early 2020 from institutions desperate for any kind of masks at all.  Home sewers like me took to … Continue reading

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Modifying a Pacsafe Bag

I’m generally a fan of pacsafe bags, which have metal mesh screening inside to make them travel-safe — or at least slash-resistant — in environments where that might be a risk. I like this bag, a citysafe 350 GII, especially, … Continue reading

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Replacement Rods for “My Double” Dress Form

A commenter left a tip for me, so I was able to buy an incomplete set of fitting rods for Miss Bedelia (thanks, Janice!).  Once I saw them I was able to figure out how to make replacement rods of … Continue reading

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Whimsical Purse Mod

I love Baggallini purses; there’s one for (almost) every occasion, and I own way too many as a result.  Usually I want a purse that can be used as a shopping bag as well as a handbag, and Baggallini has … Continue reading

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Twister Dress

OK, it’s completely wacky, but how could I resist?  It’s the BurdaStyle Twister Dress.  There is only one pattern piece; it’s placed on the fold of your fabric.  Here’s what the pattern looks like: The angle at the extreme left … Continue reading

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Threads Wardrobe Storyboard

Chez Noile is still in chaos, so I needed some quickie sewing projects that would chew up stash and require minimal space in the sewing room.  Also, I need summer clothes, since I’ve done little about acquiring any for years.  … Continue reading

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Jezebel Dress Form, Part 2

It’s up:  The Jezebel dressmaker dummy tutorial, part 2. Love these articles!  Once I get a weekend to myself (and *cough, cough* Mr. Noile gets some free time), I’m going for it. I love the shoulders, by the way.  They’re … Continue reading

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