Giving a Coat Flare

Giving a Coat Flare

And possibly also “Giving a Coat Flair”.  You really can have both! See, it all started with this picture: I mean, what costume-obsessed person doesn’t look at that and go, “WAAAAAAANT!” So being me, I thought, “This is not so unlike RH1013.  I have an RH1013 already cut out of red melton.  I’ll just add… Continue Reading

5 Reasons Why RH Vintage Reproduction Patterns Are Better

Vintage reproduction patterns have become very popular in recent years.  Even the big pattern companies like Simplicity and Vogue are reissuing their old stock to fill the demand for vintage patterns.  But all vintage patterns are not created the same.  For many reasons, they can be downright frustrating for modern seamstresses to use.  That’s why… Continue Reading

Five Ways to Cut Chiffon with Confidence

So I’m working on this lovely outfit worn by Inara in the “Jaynestown” episode of Firefly to wear at the Browncoat Ball in Virginia Beach next month. And yesterday, my chiffon arrived. So today, I have to cut it. Okay.  I can hear you shivering from here.  You’re worried about cutting chiffon.  “It’s too silky!”  “What… Continue Reading