Monthly Archives: March 2016

Happy Easter!

………………… Happy Easter!  Photos taken last week at the  Broadway Market in Buffalo, NY: ….. …..home of the best Polish pierogi dumplings and must-have holiday butter lambs: …… …. beautiful hand-painted eggs: …………….. ..and darling hand-crafts: …….. Sweet treats: … Lots … Continue reading

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A special heirloom dress

When I was a child, going to church every Sunday required gloves, a hat, polished shoes, a pretty dress, and a petticoat or slip. Nowadays little girls (where I live anyway) wear bluejeans and tee-shirts to church, except for Christmas, Easter, … Continue reading

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PDF Patterns: Tested?….or just “Reviewed”

(completely random photos from my studio: this precious little ceramic pot was hand-made by my daughter’s dear friend , artist Olivia Shea) In my last post about pdf pattern REVIEWS ,  I mentioned that tester reviews are in a special category, … Continue reading

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“Coffee Shop Lace Dress” revisited

Previously I wrote about Bella Sunshine’s “Coffee Shop Lace Dress” and how it was the perfect block to create stage costumes for the musical “The Music Man”.  Take a look at the sweet photo I received from the mom of these  budding … Continue reading

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Mini-review: Simplicity 8102

A mini-comparison between Simplicity 8102 (left) and VFT Hope (right) ( I did not sew up the Simplicity garment, this is only a memo about the pattern). Last month I reviewed the “Hope” dress  from VFT, and as often happens in pattern-world, … Continue reading

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Pattern Reviews: What’s Missing?

  (Quiz-time: what’s wrong with this picture? Answer at bottom) PDF file sewing patterns are one of the very few remaining NON-RETURNABLE purchases in today’s society, the last bastion of caveat emptor (“buyer beware”).  There are lemon laws for cars, … Continue reading

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How to use Sewing Blocks

What are “blocks”, where do I get them, and how do I use them? Previously I blogged about  how a  basic SLOPER is used to make multiple BLOCKS, which are used to create endless PATTERNS. When you hear the word “block” … Continue reading

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