I’ve loved hand embroidery since I was about eight. Lady bugs, hearts and rainbows. Chain stitch, lazy daisy, stem, satin, french knot and worm stitch. It’s an art! So why would I let a machine do it for me now? Take a look! It would’ve taken me a year to do this by hand! To be clear, … More Embellished!

Dresses on vacation

I sew for the fun of it, and the challenge. Some of my efforts turn into favorites and others end up in the back of the closet. A handful are on their last hurrah by now, after years of wear and launderings. So I took them on a cruise! This one is just one year old. I never did blog about … More Dresses on vacation

Fab or Flop?

One of my friends commented on this post from earlier this summer that I reminded her of a fairy in the woods… Ha! So when I made another loose fitting white dress, I had to go back to the woods to show you. This one is also mind bender to put together, with interesting geometry. I used … More Fab or Flop?

linen remix in watercolors

There’s no shortage of heat in Tennessee. The answer, obviously, is more cool dresses, right? I was delighted to find this vibrant lightweight linen at Textile Fabrics in 2014, and again last week in my stack of remnants. I could see it as Pauline Alice’s Malvarosa dress,* but there wasn’t enough fabric. Not to be discouraged, I dug out the pleated skirt and … More linen remix in watercolors

Hot day, cool linen

There’s a heat advisory today. So after a short walk in the shade, I’m staying inside to tell you about my white linen experiment. I love linen. There is no cooler fabric. And if you look close, the weave and texture are lovely. Linen is made from fibers of the flax plant. Historians say it may … More Hot day, cool linen