Category: Reviews

Fabric Shopping in Tokyo

Konnichiwa! This summer, my husband and I went on an adventure to Tokyo and we loved every minute of it! The people are incredibly kind and the city is very easy to navigate. The street signs and subway lines are in English. Many people speak English but some do not. When we met non-English speakers, there was usually someone nearby who offered to translate. Side note: whenever my husband and I visit a foreign country we make a sincere effort to learn some key words and phrases in their language. We believe it communicates respect and shows our genuine…

Fabric Shopping in the NYC Garment District

Before I set out for the day, I entered the addresses and phone numbers of the stores I planned to visit.  Last Christmas, my husband and I wandered around looking for a few specific stores only to find out they relocated.  Google maps didn’t have the updated information so I called the store directly to get directions. If you know the names of the stores you want to see, I suggest logging their contact information in your phone. There are so many stores and it can be overwhelming.  It’s also a lot of walking and we…

Sit and Sew with Kenneth King

I recently had the good fortune of taking sewing lessons with Kenneth King in his NYC studio!  This was a dream come true for a self-taught home sewer! Check out his studio!  (Click photos to enlarge). Working with Kenneth is such a rewarding experience. He has the perfect combination of talent, technique, and teaching ability.  I don’t want sound like a groupie but I must give credit where credit is due! Simply put, Kenneth King is a master at his craft.  I marvel at his expertise.  Given his extensive list of qualifications, the craftsmanship of his work…

The Sewing and Design School

  I was a self-taught seamstress…until now.  In an effort to improve my skills, I searched Google for “sewing schools” hoping to find something in my area (online classes are great but I wanted access to a real person).  My search revealed nothing close to home so I began to consider the idea of a sewing vacation.  That’s when I stumbled upon The Sewing and Design School in Tacoma, Washington.  It didn’t take me long to secure my spot in the moulage class by Kenneth D. King.  As a Threads Magazine…

Finlayson Sweater

This sewing project is special for two reasons.  It was my first finished project after a 10 year hiatus and it was a special Christmas present for my love. Before considering what pattern to use, I made a plan.  The design had to be comfortable, work-appropriate, warm, and casual with the option of dressing it up.  A shawl collar sweater was an easy decision. It’s as comfortable as a sweatshirt but it’s more fitted and has a bit more style. INSPIRATION:  Click on each photo for details.     I perused patternreview.com for ideas…