Replicating a Costume

EpaulettesHave you ever wanted to copy a favorite costume from TV, film, or theater? Replicating an entire costume can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! In this two-part article, I’ll outline the five steps of reproducing a costume, and then demonstrate them while making a doll-sized replica of a costume from The Phantom of the Opera.


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Contact Form Fixed!

Apparently, there’s been some kind of issue with our Contact Me form. It should be fixed now, so if anyone has been trying to send me messages about taking sewing classes, please try again!

Thanks for your patience.

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Basics: Pinking Shears

Pinking ShearsPinking shears cut with a zigzag edge that resists fraying. However, there’s a trick to using them correctly. In this new article, you’ll learn when and how to use pinking shears, along with lots of tips for successful pinking.


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Sewing Hacks Mention

Sewing HacksYesterday’s Thimble was recently mentioned in a blog post by Sue of Sewing! Her post is called “Sewing Hacks Galore: The Best Out-of-the-Box Thinking,” and it links to several different blogs that discuss sewing hacks. She was kind enough to include a link to our article: “10 (Unconventional) Sewing Hacks,” which lists unusual items that are helpful in the sewing room.

Thanks, Sue!

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Improving Theatrical Costumes

Collar & CuffsAre you in charge of the costumes for an amateur play or musical production? It’s a daunting challenge for anyone! In this three-part series of articles, we’ll discuss all manner of tips and tricks to help you make the most of your theatrical costumes, even if you’re on a budget.


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What to Wear: Rules for Victorian Dressing


Do you know the difference between a Victorian morning dress, afternoon dress, and evening gown? What about a dinner dress vs a ballgown? Do you know what’s appropriate to wear while swimming, skating, playing croquet, or cycling? In this two-part article, we’ll explore the intricate rules for Victorian dressing.


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New: Student Portfolio

Over the years, I’ve had some very talented students! Would you like to see some of their projects? Take a look!

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Hello Kitty Kindle Cover

Kindle CoverA couple years ago, I made a slipcover for my Kindle Fire’s case. Not long after, a friend asked me to make one for her Kindle, too. This is the diary of that experience. (Yes, I know, I’m getting behind in posting my sewing diaries!)


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Tote Bag Sewing Diary

Flower ButtonsI recently made a small tote bag that was both fun and easy. I didn’t follow the pattern exactly, but altered a few key details (such as finishing the raw seam allowances). Follow my creative process in this sewing diary.


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A Year of Sewing: 2015

Antique LaceIn the past year, I accomplished more than I thought I would! Here’s a brief rundown of all the sewing projects I completed in 2015.


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