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Multi-Purpose a Classic Suit

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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Stay-Cool Summer Cardigans

I’m not a big fan of summer clothes – or summer weather, for that matter.  But I still want to dress with style.   For mixing & matching in warm weather, I still prefer  an under-layer/over-layer top combo.    So I was thrilled to find these lightweight, open-knit cardigans at my new favorite store.  Made from…

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One Pattern – Many Looks

Half the fun of sewing is customizing a basic pattern to your own style, so when 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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Classic Variation – Brown Ponte Sheath

This is more detailed look at one of my three dress variations for the contest.  Starting from my favorite sheath dress pattern — McCalls 6920 —  I wanted to create a classic dress I can wear for professional networking events, presentation and civic engagement activities.  I’ve been wanting to make a blush ponte jacket…

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Casual Variation – Color-Blocked Gray Dress

I’ve often joked in workshops about building an outfit around a great zipper color — but this time a really did exactly that.  I found an amazing zipper source on a recent NYC trip (Botani Trims – 263 W 36th – find them online if you can’t visit in person).  I bought a teal separating…

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Cocktail Variation – Winter White Sheath

My third variation for the Pattern Review contest took my basic sheath pattern in a dressier direction, pairing winter white ponte knit with a set of 4 black lace motifs I’ve had on hand for a long time.  Of course – and you may be sensing a theme here – I had a project in…

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