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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 me “What is deadstock?“ and then when they find out, they often want to know “Where can I get some of that?” ……………………………………………………………. “Deadstock” according to urban dictionaries, refers to sneakers (trainers for you Brits) that are new-but-never-worn. In the sewing world, “deadstock” refers to fabrics woven and dyed/printed for apparel manufacturing, but not used. You may wonder “Why wouldn’t…

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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…

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    Saying “Thank You”

    As a Tech Designer, I was trained to be objective, rational. It doesn’t matter whether or not you personally care for the designer’s vision, the job is to make it fit and get the factory to understand how how to…

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    Fabric Shopping in Rome

    Last week my husband and I took our daughter to Rome for her last Spring Break before graduation from design school. Italy has special memories for Peter and me, because coincidentally both of our dads held 4-year ex-patriot stints there…

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    Vest Pattern for Angel Gowns

    This is a long-overdue pattern, so “Thank you for your patience” to all who have requested a vest pattern to coordinate with the Angel Gown pattern from a previous post.  Parents of little-boy angels appreciate a blessing gown with simple lines,…

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    Bow Ties for Angel Gowns

    I’ve had so many requests for a vest and bow-tie to coordinate with the Angel Gown pattern from a previous post.  The vest pattern is coming very soon…as I was writing the instructions, I realized that the post was getting…