Lately, I've been learning how to sew, and it's somehow both easier and harder than I thought it would be. I am not, as it turns out, Maria von Trapp, and although I haven't come too far in my studies, I've already wasted a lot of thread making dumb-ass mistakes.…Continue
BY CARLA ALLEN
A creative seamstress came up with the idea of incorporating braille on the back of a quilt she gave her blind friend.
Elaine Shukys is in her second year of Human Services/Community Services studies at the Nova Scotia Community College Burridge campus.
Recently, she agreed to assist Susan Casey, a resident of Villa St. Joseph, at a four-day faith and sharing retreat at Saint Ambrose parish. It was an event that Casey had been…Continue
By Jude Hathaway
Last week, the New Zealand Fashion Museum's pop-up exhibition, "Home Sewn: Original New Zealand Fashion", opened in Auckland. It is not surprising that a number of the garments on show were created by Otago and Southland women. Jude Hathaway reports.
At the time when Kiwi blokes were becoming masters of the "can do No8…Continue
By LAURA M. HOLSON
Sewing-machine sales are booming, with sales in the United States expected to top three million in 2012 according to SVP Worldwide, the maker of Singer sewing machines, up from 1.5 million a year more than a decade ago. While some of the craze can be chalked up to the popularity of reality television shows like “Project Runway,” sewing…Continue
A former Blenheim woman has won a coveted business scholarship to help take her online sewing pattern company to the next level. Katie Brown started Papercut Patterns last September after noticing a gap in the market for modern versions of dressmaking patterns.
The easy-to-follow patterns are printed on recyclable brown paper and can be hung when cut out, just as you would find in a professional workroom, making customers feel like their own fashion designer. The…Continue
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Younger generation recovers lost art of sewing
By Chris Zdeb, Edmonton Journal
Photograph by: Shaughn Butts, The Journal, Edmonton Journal
Angela Kelly teaches everyone from kids and moms to whoever wants to…Continue
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"When a little girl puts on a tutu, she begins to dance.
Or, said Kaleena Lidke of Alma, they prance.
Lidke, 28, is the daughter in a mother/daughter team that makes tutus. They have an online business, The Two Tutu Ladies. http://www.thetwotutuladies.com/
When Zelma Steeper finished sewing her daughter Beverly’s wedding dress, she made sure it looked “as good on the inside as it did out”, says Beverly Silby, now 71.
So much so that on one occasion the young woman accidentally wore it inside out.
Mrs Silby came from the NSW Riverina to attend the opening night of The White Wedding Dress…
Putting the normally genteel art of embroidery and lively contemporary artist Louise Gardiner in the same sentence doesn’t make much sense – until you see her quirky work.
Louise is a pioneer of her unique free machine embroidery style which involves letting your imagination and sewing machine run away…
BY TIFFANY ARNOLD
Emily and Jen Burker flipped through the pages from their fashion look book for dolls, pointing out one-of-a-kind designs and exclusive dresses made for family and friends.
Every outfit has a name and a back story. They paused and giggled at the picture of "The Shepherdess,"…
Special to the Star
You might not think that chunky sweater Grandma gave you for Christmas is on the cutting edge of fashion, but you’d be wrong. The handmade, mistakes and all, is having a major moment...
No less an arbiter of style and trend than Phoebe Philo, Céline’s creative director, made news with her spring 2011…Continue
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