Monthly Archives: February 2016

Sloper, Block, or Pattern?

What is the difference between a Sloper, a Block,  and a Pattern? You may have heard any of the following terms: “pattern sloper”, “sloper pattern”, “pattern block”,  “block pattern”, “sewing block” ,“sewing pattern block”….and wondered “What’s the difference?”    Wikipedia explains the difference … Continue reading

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PDF Review: Bella Sunshine “Coffee Shop Lace Dress”

Bella Sunshine’s “Coffee Shop Lace Dress” was the perfect design to make  costumes for a stage production of “The Music Man”.  My lovely customer has 2 daughters needing vintage-looking dresses for this musical show set in Iowa in 1912.  It was … Continue reading

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Charity Sewing II: the Hope dresses

(Photo of pattern cover removed at request of Violette Fields Threads)   Violette Fields Threads is the publisher of the second charity-sewing “Hope” dress pdf that I am reviewing. This was especially designed for the “Give Hope Project”, with the … Continue reading

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Ribbon-Beaded Lace the Easy Way

Ribbon “beaded” lace is one of my favorite trims, because it adds a touch of color and shine.  It’s called “beaded” because as the ribbon is woven up and down through the eyelet holes in the lace, it creates little … Continue reading

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