Monday, December 21, 2015

Why not make a Hand Crafted Holiday Gift for those you Love (and yourself too!)

We're spreading holiday cheer with up to 50% off on ALL Online Craftsy Classes with my affiliate link!!! Shop NOW and cozy up to your impressive new skills :-)

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Don't delay, the sale starts Monday December 21, 2015 and runs through Saturday December 26, 2015.
I hope that you ALL have a wonderful Holiday season!

Thanks so much,

Monday, August 11, 2014

A Tutorial For You!!

This is my first tutorial, so I hope you like it! This is a video showing the step by step techniques in creating the Tower Placket for the Classic Tailored Shirt.   Long awaited, now you've got it.  This is being brought to you by me and my little sis Pat....thank you Pat!! 

Tower Placket Tutorial

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Quilted Jacket: Eye Candy!

I wanted you to see Lorraine M.'s beautifully made jacket. It is the same jacket she made in Tailoring Boot Camp (Nancy Erickson's #1945). However, this time she used Mary Ray's channel quilting techniques. The fabrics she used were: soft, brushed polyester (from her stash), Posh (polyester) lining from JoAnn's Fabrics, Thai Silk for the collar and lapels. As you can see, there are some great quality polyester fabrics around! She used Hobbs Heirloom batting (100% wool) between the layers and then channel quilted the sections. The end result is a tailored jacket that is soft, crushable, and packable (as Lorraine describes it). No worries of wrinkles when you get to your final destination!

Thanks, Lorraine for providing these pictures, so that I can share them with all of you.

Please contact my friend Mary Ray for info on her workshops, so that you can learn her wonderful techniques. Mary is a contributing editor for Threads, Craft Stylish, and teaches in the Fashion Design Program at Allegheny State College in Boone, NC. Her website is:

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Donna Karan 1263 Jacket front

Here is  a picture of the front of the jacket!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Can you believe it...I've been Sewing Jackets!!!

Rarely do I get a chance to make anything for myself. This year I've been determined to make time between projects for business, to make some jackets (my favorite things to sew!!)

The Donna Karan Vogue jacket #1263, has been one that I've admired for some time now. I happened to attend one of the City-Wide Couture meetings (one of the Neighborhood groups with ASG-Atlanta). Some of us got a chance to visit Gail K Fabrics in Atlanta after the meeting (Ginny, Martha, and me!). As I went through the store, I spotted a beautiful Wool Damask Knit and fell in LOVE :-))
I also saw another lovely piece, and since I could not make a final decision, I left it in the store.

Of course, I dreamed about the first piece, so the next day I went back to get it.
This is the same pattern that comes with the Alabama Chanin Class on Craftsy, and will look great on  everyone.

Here are pictures of the jacket I made...Front and back view. Also, a close up of the fabric. The picture doesn't do it justice.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Announcing My new Class on Craftsy: "Jacket Fitting Techniques"

Join me to learn more about how to custom fit a jacket pattern for yourself and others! I will show you the Art of Drape Fitting for a more customized fit. You will learn about proper measuring, accurate marking, lay out/cut out, and construction of your muslin. I'll guide you through pattern adjustments, the fit process and much more. Please visit me at Craftsy, and use this link to sign up for my new class:  for a discount from me :-)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Share the Gift of "Making" with Others

It's that time of year again! What better way to show how much you care, than to give the gift of knowledge. It's a powerful thing to be able to create a garment with your own hands. It's very satisfying to know that you did that because you could, because you improved upon your skill, or that you learned something new.

I encourage all of you to gift a Craftsy class to yourself or someone else.
Here is a link to my class: "The Classic Tailored Shirt"

Don't forget, there are many other classes to choose from as a gift as well :-))
Happy Holidays!