Yesterday – at Chico’s checking out pieces I thought might work for some clients – I spotted this cream/black/tan tweed jacket (one of my signature styles) marked down to a ridiculous $19.95. (I know it isn’t technically a blazer, but I loved the alliteration, sorry!)  I tried it in several sizes before settling on the…

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As quarantine continues, our family is grateful for personal health and safety … and I’m clinging to my wardrobe challenge as a mental health practice – keeping my mind occupied and my hands (mostly) out of the cookie jar.  Hope you’re seeing how owning good solid-color basics and sticking to a consistent color range produce…

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Isolated by the COVID outbreak, I’ve resolved to sew a garment each day using only materials I have on hand.  (In addition, of course, to making protective gear to donate.) Do I really need new clothes right now?  Of course not!.  But I DO need the mental health benefits of exercising my creativity,  focusing on…

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A beautiful suit is a treat to wear, but maybe there  aren’t many occasions when you need to dress quite that formally.  I spent some time the other day playing with my royal blue skirt suit and found 3 new ways to wear those pieces in a variety of looks.  Here’s how …

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Half the fun of sewing is customizing a basic pattern to your own style, so when  PatternReview.com announced a contest for variations on a single pattern I  jumped in.  It was great fun getting to play designer and my sweet husband was happy to play fashion photographer. My starting point was a basic sheath dress (McCall…

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