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Pant Alteration Philosophy: Something to Ponder

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It’s getting cooler around the US and bare legs are no longer de rigeur due to practical purposes. Instead we squeeze into tights or leggings or insert our legs in to tubes that cover the legs, otherwise know as pants. With that in mind, I am no exception as I hate the cold and am selecting winter weight pants fabrics for many Manhattan Trousers. With all the pants sewing going … Read More →

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Petite Origins: Hannah Troy

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hannah troy 1Petites are rather a new-fangled concept in the context of fashion history. I used to think of the petite section of the department stores was limited to just my grandmothers demographic. However, in recent years petite fashion has had a resurgence and is gaining momentum as retailers (and SBCC patterns) looks to cater to the petite population which can theoretically represent 70% of the female market. It’s not that we are … Read More →

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Vesper Variations & Knits Characteristics

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With every new pattern comes many, many muslins. In the case of the Vesper Dress, I just couldn’t decide on which fabrication to photograph. Sometimes I forget to stop and consider- “Will I wear this?,” when it comes to purchasing fabric. Well, it turns out that I chose a couple of unflattering options color-wise but I still have some lovely dresses to share as inspiration. (The blue plaid is my … Read More →

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Bon voyage

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SBCC-HolidayWhat can I say, I am a bit of a workaholic. I have a hefty load and very rarely do I complain. Instead I stay the course and schedule, micromanage, delegate and work on blog posts during my commute time. Whatever it takes. After many years in the garment industry where we live and die by deadlines that are made at just the last possible drop-dead minute, I am a … Read More →

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Charles James at the Met

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gown 2After the buzz and hoopla surrounding the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition of Charles James slowly diminished, the celebrity opening came and went and the throngs of people that had to be the first to see it slowed to just a normal crowd, it was my turn to check it out.Part one: the search begins I took full advantage last week battling the crowds and wandering the halls of the … Read More →

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