Author Archives: Sandra Espinoza

Runway Inspired Details: Marc Jacobs – Sheer Raw Beauty

Try something sheer! It’s daring, but workable. One of many graphic looks from the Marc Jacobs Resort 2016 Runway. TRY IT: An easy way to make this is by resurrecting an old dress pattern. Re-imagine it in a sheer fabric that has good drape. Save sewing time . . . Keep the sewn and prominent…

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Runway Inspirations: Lanvin – Master Monochrome

Do you fancy going monochromatic for your newest dress creation? Take inspiration from the Lanvin Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear runway . . . TRY IT: A lustrous fabric like satin or velvet (shown here) mixed with matte jersey. It’s a great high-low fabric combination! Try a few bits of trimming in key areas that harmonize with…

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Runway Inspirations: Stella McCartney – Big Buckles and Slots

Big chunky details! Will you add these to your next sewing project? At the Stella McCartney – Spring-Summer 2015 ready-to-wear show, there are some relatively straightforward things to easily incorporate into your next creation. TRY IT: Big buckles on shoulder straps, that’s simple. Adjust the width of your straps if needed to work with the…

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Review: Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing

This Modern Guide to Couture-Style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques is excellent. It offers step-by-step guidance in how and where to sew “not-so-well-known” notions and haberdashery into clothing you make yourself. Searching for a sewing book as a beginner can be a big task. But if your beginner sewing aspirations are about retro clothing, this…

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Review: Skirt-a-Day Sewing

It is completely possible to sew a skirt a day if you have intermediate to advanced skills. Give yourself more time to work up to this skirt-a-day goal, allowing yourself a week or more for the first skirt, as you work through the basics of drafting and fitting.  If you are a beginner, you will…

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How to Choose Quality Padding for Chair Cushions

  Ever wonder how some cushions feel so nice while others feel so cheap? Excellent sewing isn’t going to make your cushion look any better than the quality of the padding. Do all of your hard work justice. This video tutorial demo is about cafe-style removable cushions, but it will help you pick the right…

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Resourceful Costume Making – Part 2

  This is a continuation of the last video. I’ll show you how I had fun interpreting the bits of saved fabric, notions, and other crazy things like lampshades from a client project. Cleopatra did not see this one coming. . . LOL! It is all about interpretation. Have fun and be creative, it is…

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Resourceful Costume Making – Part 1

  Be prepared to make the next costume when the time strikes! This video is about what kinds of things to keep on hand. Sometimes they are remnants, others come from packaging – like rope handled shopping bags – before you throw the majority of it in the recycling bin. Costumes can be expensive to…

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How to Sew an Original Jeans Hem

  You can make the task of hemming jeans a lot easier if you realize that the most important things to consider are your sewing machine needle and your thread, especially if you are attempting to recreate the original hem. You absolutely need to have the right kind of needle to get it to penetrate…

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How to Justify Buying More Fabric

  I’m guilty! Are you? I can go into a fabric store and fall in love with something every time. Here’s a quick video tutorial to help you find a way to justify your next fabric purchase. It will also get you inspired to sew and think creatively. I hope you find peace with your…

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