I tried it: stabilizing fabric with gelatin

You may remember the Hong Kong finish in the yellow jacket I made a while ago. I used a beautiful matching printed fabric I had been hoarding to make a dress or blouse out of. I knew that wearing this jacket with that eventual top would look fantastic, so I decided the extra time would…

Sew long, summer: A back-to-school transition capsule

End-of-summer sewing is always a very emotional thing for me. As a teacher, I am using my last weeks of summer vacation to finish up projects I didn’t get done over the break and mentally prepare myself for another school year. I also try to sew my “first day” outfit as it’s a good icebreaker…

All about pleats

Pleats are huge right now. It’s impossible to walk into any trendy store and not see micro-pleats, knife pleats, or multiple sizes of pleats on one garment. I too, love pleats. When designing the skirt for Gwen, I had originally decided for large box pleats because I thought it would be easier. After my first…