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Sewing with Rob Appell!

Sewing with Rob Appell!

I told you earlier this year about my adventures in Hamilton with Missouri Star Quilt Co. - what I didn't mention was that I was featured in an article in their fall Block Magazine! I had been up to Missouri Star a few times to film videos  – including this new...

Passion for Fashion! Sophia Swing Coat

Passion for Fashion! Sophia Swing Coat

Every wardrobe should have a good swing coat. It's such a classic style that looks sleek, elegant and contemporary at the same time. Our new pattern, the Sophia Swing Coat, is a twist on the classic swing style. The Sophia features raglan sleeves and a cool back yoke...

Kitchen Couture for the Holidays

Kitchen Couture for the Holidays

I know I am not the only one who will be spending a lot of time in the kitchen over the next few months. Although I will often whip up nightly dinners without an apron, when I start baking or cooking large meals (like Thanksgiving dinner) I need to protect my clothes...

The Indispensable Kimono

The Indispensable Kimono

As the fall chill moves in it is time to have a robe by the bed, ready to throw on in the morning! Whether you prefer a light flannel or thick terry, having an attractive robe is a way to keep cozy and look stylish. I find after a season of wear, my robes can start to...

The Magic Pattern Book Trunk Show

The Magic Pattern Book Trunk Show

Starting this weekend The Magic Pattern Fashion Show will be traveling across the country with the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo. In fact, you can see me emcee the show this weekend at the Expo in Fredericksburg, VA. (See my full Expo schedule here.) We have been...

The Magic Pattern Story: Inspiration

The Magic Pattern Story: Inspiration

I'm thrilled to announce the release of my new title, The Magic Pattern Book! I collaborated with Workman Publishing to create this new garment  and accessory sewing book, which offers 36 different fashion-forward patterns. Over the next few weeks I want to tell...

The Gored Skirt – A Classic

The Gored Skirt – A Classic

Yesterday while shopping the antique mall in Elk Rapids, Michigan, I spotted the fabulous illustration on the cover of this issue dated August 1, 1911 and of course had to take a peek inside. I was flipping through To-Day's Magazine and saw this article for...

Stitched Style Blog Post: Amy Barickman!

Stitched Style Blog Post: Amy Barickman!

First of all, let me say how much I've enjoyed reading the posts from this week's Stitched Style blog tour. I love everyone's ideas, inspiration and enthusiasm for embroidery. I'm excited to be sharing these designs with everyone, and helping some folks win an...

Fabulous Fashion with Tim Gunn!

Fabulous Fashion with Tim Gunn!

Guess what, my fellow fashionistas and Project Runway-lovers? Last Saturday, I got to meet the fabulous fashion icon, Tim Gunn! Tim hosted a complimentary fashion show in Kansas City, featuring the Spring 2012 collections from Kate Spade and Lucky Brand Jeans. I loved...

Inspiring Teachers

Inspiring Teachers

In my opinion, inspiration is a gift to be cherished, used, and then passed on to others. That's a huge part of why I share my experiences on my blog with you. While I draw much of my own inspiration from women of the past especially The Woman's Institute founder,...

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