With all the increased time at home, many women are directing energy toward their  closets. Having your stuff organized is a good thing.  But having a closet full of the RIGHT STUFF is the real win.  So how do you make the very best decisions about what stays and what goes?  The acronym FETCH defines…

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You’ve weeded out the clunkers from your closet – the things that obviously needed to go – but how do your evaluate all those “MAYBE” pieces to be sure you’re keeping the things that can become foundation for a truly effortless wardrobe into the future?  Think about it as a treasure hunt.  It’s not about…

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These are scary times – disease, financial stress and isolation can be a toxic mix.  My friends in social work and mental health fields remind us that, much as we want to help those in tougher situations,  “you can’t pour from an empty pitcher”.  Self-care is a critical part of  our response to Coronovirus.  Here…

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Lots of closets are getting cleaned out during this shelter-at-home period.  But now what are you going to do with those discards?  The good news is that many non-profits – the organizations that will do great things to help in the recovery –  derive a big percentage of their operating budgets from sponsoring resale stores. …

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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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Each year the Pantone color institute designates one color they feel really expresses the essence of the year and will be trending strongly in apparel.  This year’s choice is Classic Blue, a clear true royal softened just slightly.  If it’s a favorite for you – as it is for me – you should find a…

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If you have soft, gentle coloring you’ve probably already learned that so many fashion-favorite colors – the so-called “jewel tones” – can overpower you entirely.  But right now you’re in luck, with soft colors featurd prominently in several national women’s specialty stores and e-tailers.  Read on to meet one such woman, see her optimal colors…

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I’m sewing more of my clothes these days, and even with a lot of background in that art I still occasionally make some dumb mistake that threatens to ruin the garment.  Here are two examples – both the oops and the save.  Enjoy!

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After reading about Yvonne’s adventures weeding out her garments, accessories and stash of fabrics yardage, Kathy wanted to do the same. After a color  consultation at the SewEXPO event  last week, we evaluated samples of some of her fabrics based on those color recommendations, her tall and somewhat atheletic build and her relaxed lifestyle. Here’s…

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