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Tribeca Jacket


Tribeca Jacket Revisited

Linen Tribeca jacket

I made my first Tribeca jacket from the Sewing Workshop Collection (they call it a shirt) several years ago and was never quite satisfied with the fit.  I loved the fabric and was happy with my technical work, but I think possibly because I generally prefer more structured clothing that I always felt a little swamped or sloppy in it.  The interesting thing was that whenever I wore it, without fail,  I received compliments on it from friends and strangers alike.  It got so much positive feedback that I finally decided, what the hey,  maybe I should accept what the universe was telling me and decide to like it after all.

For reasons, which are now lost to me, I decided to line my first effort with a gold and black fabric; it was designed to be unlined but creating a lining was not difficult only more time-consuming to complete.  I finished the interior seams by turning under the raw edges and stitching down. The lining gave the jacket enough warmth for fall and winter wearing.

I applied a contrasting duppioni silk bias trim by hand (a true test of patience, for sure).   The patches for buttonholes were also completed in this same gorgeous golden-colored silk.

Tribeca Revisited

I have a piece of fabulous linen that I’ve been aging for quite some time.  I  love the rich color and its unusual sheen.  I have considered it for various patterns on many occasions over the years, but have always been reluctant to cut into it.  This week I decided it was time.  Here is the happy result.

The linen is unlined and finished with French seams.  The pieces went together very quick and easily.  The sleeves are set in with a French seam finish which is an unusual but very tidy application.  The inside looks as great as the outside.   I decided to leave the patches and buttons off (at least for now)  and just let it drape open.  I love the result and will definitely make this again.

Tribeca Jacket front view

Princess Addie’s Dressmaking Adventure


“I like pretty things.”

               princess Addie

I think I’m a teacher at heart. I really like the idea of introducing children to new experiences outside of their everyday lives and with that in mind, my Sewing Adventures has come into being.   The Adventure provides a child with the opportunity to experience the various steps in the process of dressmaking.  We begin by searching pattern books for the perfect dress, followed by measurements and size selection.  Then we peruse the array of beautiful fabrics narrowing down our choices to of favorites. Then it’s off to visit the notion department for necessary threads and zippers, etc.

It is wonderfully creative for the kiddo and a whole lot of fun for me.  I have found that children are refreshingly free of preconceived rules about color and design and go in all sorts of directions that I might never think of.  It’s always a delight to set my fashion sense aside and let the princess take the lead.

I knew I was in for a good time when we first arrived at the fabric store; Addie looked around at the huge display of color we were surrounded by and then looked up at me with her sparkling eyes and said, “I like pretty things!”  I smiled and answered, “Hey, me too!”  And so began Addie’s Dressmaking Adventure.

tea tray

Sewing Decorator Pillows


I saw a great blog entry by Bleak Midwinter on a table runner and pillows.  It inspired me to make more pillows, but sadly I have too many pillows already.   Here are a few that I particularly like.  I have a peculiar habit of giving them each names, like they are children.  As you can see, I love braided tassels and exquisite trims.  These are just a few of my favorites.  Enjoy!

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