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Susan's Blog – December 2011 Archive (5)

Village Post Bag - ePattern Review

A classy, unique, and extremely versatile pattern by Emma of "Charlie's Aunt" is inspired by the simple elegance of 1940s fashions but with a modern twist.  The “Village Post” is easily constructed with dart shaping, over-the-shoulder   strap, bow trim.  The zippered internal zip pocket keeps valuables safe and separate from the rest of the bag. This PDF pattern has 12 pages – six pages including…


Added by Susan on December 16, 2011 at 7:12am — 10 Comments

News Article: A stitch in time: Lee's business at right place at right time after Katrina and has blossomed

PASCAGOULA, Mississippi -- Beverly Lee parlayed a lifelong love of sewing into a successful small business, one that draws its lifeblood from the city's industrial base and, ironically, grew by leaps and bounds after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.


"We've really been blessed," said Lee, who runs Stitches by Lee out of an unassuming wooden workshop near…


Added by Susan on December 8, 2011 at 7:53am — No Comments

News Article: Designer Natalie Chanin distills the process of making clothes back to its artisan roots

Decades ago, chef Alice Waters opened Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, Calif., kick-starting a national trend toward eating, sourcing and celebrating fresh, sustainable, locally grown organic foods.

In a small northern Alabama town, up towards the Tennessee border, Natalie Chanin has been trying to do much the same thing for fashion: distill the process of…


Added by Susan on December 8, 2011 at 7:42am — No Comments

Padded e-Reader Sleeve Pattern Review (ePattern/PDF)

As some of you know, I am crazy enough to have five children in my household.  All but one are teens.  They are all pretty darn tech savvy and love the "toys" that come out every year.  I've been thinking about Christmas gifts for them and I think that they all will get an e-reader, I don't know which one I will get them  yet, I still have…


Added by Susan on December 5, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

News Article: Scholarship for Pattern Maker

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…


Added by Susan on December 1, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

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