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    Charity Sewing: Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas

    Quick public service announcement: here is an address for sending handmade clothing to support the residents of the Bahama islands whose homes have been devastated by Hurricane Dorian: You can join this Facebook group for more information: Right-click on blue link and open in a new window, OR you can also go into Facebook and type “hurricane dorian bahamas clothes relief” in the search bar. …………………………… You have probably heard that sending used clothing to areas devastated by weather catastrophes is not a good idea. It takes enormous effort to sort and distribute clothing anyway, and it’s not worth it…

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    Trueing the Shoulder

    Quick post here: I just downloaded a new pattern release with a square neckline, which I love…..however the neckline wasn’t trued at the shoulder front-to-back. “Trueing” is the finishing step in patternmaking that ensures seam corners measure 90-degrees (a “true”…

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    On Creativity versus Copying

    Question: If you knew how to draft patterns, would you use that talent to bring your own ideas to life, to create anything in your imagination….or would you copy somebody else’s unique vision? …………………………………………………………………………. In the endless sea of beautiful…

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    An Ode to Schiffli Embroidery

    Yesterday I took my daughter, who is studying character design and visual development, to see “Toy Story 4”. We were both mesmerized by the detail in every visual aspect of the film, from textures to backgrounds, which have become so…

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    “What is deadstock fabric, and where can I get some?”

    (Continued from my previous post about sustainable fabric sourcing: https://7pinedesign.com/sustainable-fabric-shopping ) About half of my sewing projects are made with non-traditional fabric: materials not originally meant for the home-sewing market: upcycled vintage linens upcycled wedding gowns “deadstock” fabric People ask…

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    Sustainable Fabric Shopping

    Last week I was blessed with a couple of free days in New York City, thanks to my husband’s travel mile rewards, and our daughter’s college graduation ceremony. Since she attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, she never had much opportunity…