Author Archives: Claudine

Winter Weight, Spring Color

I am such a sucker for these Chado Ralph Rucci designs! That shoulder line gets me every time. The pattern I used was part of the new Vogue releases, 1437. The pattern calls for a rather involved self-lining technique. Because I’m using a heavyweight fabric, I chose to forgo the self-lining. And because the fabric […]

linen and lace

This pattern was so hard to sew. Who drafted this pattern anyway? Oh, wait, it was me. And, in case you were wondering, shoulder seams are really useful and not at all extraneous. No, you weren’t wondering? It was just me, then. And now I know. It looks kind of nice though. After a hanger […]

All About That Weave

My husband and I have been amusing ourselves on weekends going to estate sales. I especially like the ones where the owners were older and had quirky collections of stuff. One house where we went to a sale had at least 1,000 elephant-shaped items. Cufflinks, tea pots, stuffed animals, a 7-foot stone statue in the […]

Summer Dress, in the Dead of Winter

What I really want to do is hibernate until the days get warmer and longer, but that would set a poor example for my kids. So, I’m dreaming up my summer wardrobe. I’ve been seeing a few dresses like this one around, with a gathered skirt, high front neckline, midi length, and thick straps. It […]


Here I am, off on a fashion tangent again. This time, it’s spats. I really thought, when I was making these, that I would never even wear them outside the house. I thought they would be too costumey. But now that they’re done, they seem to fit in really well with my wardrobe. This probably […]

Guest Blogging Chez Bunny

Hey, everyone! I did a guest post for the Next Level Sewing Series on Bunny’s blog, La Sewista. I keep thinking that I should do the occasional tutorial on my blog, but tutorials are so much work to put together, then when I post them to my blog, they just get buried and no one […]

Vintage-Y Jacket

Sometimes it’s fun to do a nice tailoring project. I’ve been fairly busy for the past few weeks with Thanksgiving, but this week I got to work on some sewing! I love this fabric. I bought it at Elliott Berman Textiles in NYC during the Patternreview party a month or so ago. The pattern is […]

And the Winner Is….

Comment #31, Candy! I’ve sent an email to the address attached to the comment, so please, if it’s you, check your email and your spam folder and reply to verify the email address. Thanks everyone!

Selvedge Magazine

Please allow me to introduce you to my very favorite magazine of all time. First, let me tell you how we met. When I first moved to London in 2007, and, you know, took care of some of those pesky details like where to send the kids to school, I made sure to check out […]

I Knit A Sweater!

Hey, look at me! I knit a sweater! I think I’m starting to get the hang of the whole knitting thing. I started with some lovely variegated wool yarn. I knit the whole thing in the round without a pattern. It was a little nerve-wracking, especially toward the end when it looked like the neckline […]


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