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Hike me up, Judy

Phil Davis portrayed the deliciously nasty moneylender Mr. Smallweed in the BBC adaptation of Dickens’ Bleak House a few years back.  Here is a YouTube video of his granddaughter, Judy, shaking (hiking) him up: Bleak House.  My UK viewers may … Continue reading

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Perfect Prom Dress

The prom season has begun and what a nice change to see a dress that actually looks nice instead of the usual hoochie-mama-tube-top ballerina tulle skirt I-can-see-your-underpants concoction. Here is what we started with…not a seamstress’s dream fabric….that fluffy embellished … Continue reading

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Bargain-hunting Bride

So many brides want me to know about what discounts they managed to get on their dress. They are so pleased if they get 20% off or more and I admire their determination to try to save money where they … Continue reading

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Ponte Pants Success

Remember a couple weeks back when the ponte knits shrunk and I was disappointed that I could not cut out my leggings? Well, I did come up with a way to cut the top edge with an extension to at … Continue reading

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Knitting in 1960

Hands up, who had one of the first Barbie dolls in 1959/60? They were all the rage and for $4 your mom could give you the opportunity to see the future of fashion and celebrity status. Never before did we … Continue reading

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Sew Bad Saturday #6

This week we have Lorraine of the Spottydogsocialclub blog. She wrote this email to me to start her process: I am a long time fan of your blog, and am totally amazed at the skill and patience that you have. … Continue reading

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Nancy’s Jacket

All of us have been waiting a long time for the very much altered/redesigned Butterick 6106 jacket for Nancy. She has been patient and gone along with my suggestions and additions and subtractions in order to get the perfect fun … Continue reading

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