Silk Brocade Quilted Jacket

Where do you look for inspiration when you create your garments? If you’re like me you look to the runway each season, to see what ideas you can borrow or knock off. I loved, loved, loved Proenza Schouler’s Fall 2012 collection, maybe because it relied heavily on brocade (and you know what a brocade addict I am). I already had some orange silk brocade from Mood NYC in my stash as a starting point, and I knew I wanted to make a quilted jacket. One of McCalls’ newer patterns, 6644, was designed to be used for quilted fabrics and I […]

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A Simple Design Paired with Fabulous Fabric and Trim

Whew, what a week this was here on the East Coast. Guess you heard about the storm that ripped through the area. Grrrr. Good thing I don’t have any friends named Sandy. My neighborhood looks like it was chewed up and spit out by some tree-hating monster. And I had no idea how much I LOVE electricity. Today is Day 4 without it and the family’s nerves are fraying. I spent two days hand-sewing trim on a jacket during the daytime, listening to the news on a crank radio; yesterday trains were running again so I was able to come […]

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Animal Print Wool-Silk Brocade Coat

Here’s my trick to not totally hating the long cold winters we have here in the Northeast: Own lots of different outerwear options. Winter is yucky (in my opinion), but I can bear it a little more if I don’t have to wear the same coat or jacket day in and out. So I make a new coat every season. I think this coat here is the sixth or seventh coat I’ve made in the last five years or so, and my hall closet is busting at the seams with coats and jackets. Why should anyone sew a coat, you […]

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