Category Archives: How-To

How to Create a Sewing Pattern Inventory Database

I am pleased to announce that, after hours of research and experimentation, I have finally found what I consider to be the perfect solution to my years-old question of “how do I organize my sewing patterns??” The quick answer: Evernote.  … Continue reading

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Styling a $2.99 Dress Eight Different Ways for Fall

Today I went to Salvation Army to try to find a birthday present for my husband.  I was not successful in that.  As usually happens, however, I found something else: a $2.99 Ann Taylor knit jersey dress. I’ve been dealing … Continue reading

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Avoid All the Billionaires: A Guide to Discernment for Free Kindle Fiction

Since my husband gave me a Kindle for Christmas almost two years ago, I’ve maxed out most of the good freebie classics and have been reduced to browsing the Top 100 Free Bestsellers on Amazon.com.  Sometimes, you find amazing stuff.  … Continue reading

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A Tour of the Sewing Room, Part 3

Here’s the conclusion to our little sewing room tour — if you missed parts 1 and 2, they are here and here.  In this episode, while we’ll be discussing a few last tools, we’ll also discuss some sewing room organization.  … Continue reading

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“But It’s a Good Shirt!” — An Apparel Autopsy

My good little sister, Lauren, brought me a J.Crew shirt the other day.  “My roommate threw it away because it ripped,” she explained. “I know it’s the fabric, not the stitching in the seam, but is there a way to … Continue reading

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Some Clever Ideas for Moving

We moved in August, which is one of several reasons why I haven’t said much here lately. While I still have three boxes to unpack (and a sewing room to organize, but we won’t talk about that), I think we’re … Continue reading

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Great Resource for Antique Hardware

While researching for my hardware book, I just came across a fabulous 1918 book on Google books with some great period instructions and info on using antique hardware:  Building-Construction and Superintendence: Part II, Carpenters’ Work, by F. E. Kidder.  Fabulous … Continue reading

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