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M&J Trimming in NYC Garment District

lots of lace - cotton eyelet lace at M&J Trimming in NYC Garment District

I can spend hours in trim shops. Hours!  What about this lace with this one.  Oh look at this ribbon, does it go with that one over there.  What about these buttons. Ahhhhhhhh – the sewing version of a candy … Continue reading

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Project Update: Yukata Finishing Touches

yukata just needs some finishing touches

Busy, busy, busy bee!  Finished another semester of Japanese; flew back out to St. Louis on a business trip; and have been sewing, sewing, sewing.  For as early as I started my yukata project, I am still cutting it way … Continue reading

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Project Update: Lolita Yukata Blouse Complete

indigo yukata lolita style

ヤッタ!Just finished sewing my summer festival yukata blouse.  I couldn’t be happier.  The blouse fits perfectly and drapes exactly how I hoped it would. The biggest challenge I faced with this project was the width of the traditional fabric.  I … Continue reading

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Project Update: Yukata Fabric + Off to a Good Start

yukata work in progress

When one thinks of colors that represent Japan, of course the iconic red and white of the Rising Sun come to mind.  But look a little deeper and indigo and white take center stage.  You see it so often reflected … Continue reading

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Sewing & Alterations: Angelic Pretty Decoration Dream

decoration dream apron skirt illustration

Next weekend is International Lolita Day.  This weekend is, OMG what am I going to wear day.  Finally settled on wanting to wear Angelic Pretty’s Decoration Dream from 2011.  Found it at Closet Child in Harajuku when I was on … Continue reading

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40×Tokyo: Fabric Town

fabric tokyo kokeshi

T-minus 34 days and counting.  Today’s birthday trip wish is to visit … Fabric Town (布の街) I really don’t need any more fabric.  I have a cupboard and several dressers full of fabric.  What I need is more time to … Continue reading

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Follow Your Heart

hand made heart valentines

The snow is falling and we are tucked up inside today.  Neither of us are big sports fans but we figured any excuse to celebrate is a good one.  So for Super Bowl Sunday we are making a massively fancy … Continue reading

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Project Update: Applique Pieces Basted

diy-pillow-applique-basting

This weekend the temperature dropped dramatically; Autumn sure can be moody.  Having no desire to leave the warmth and comfort of home I grabbed a needle and got back to work on my Anthropologie inspired DIY pillow project. I don’t … Continue reading

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Comfy in Coral

diy-t-shirts

I live in t-shirts and go to great lengths to find clothing that is both comfortable and stylish.  That isn’t always easy.  Cotton is king in my world and I out right refuse to buy items full of polyester and … Continue reading

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Project Kickoff: Rabbit Print Dress

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There are 3 websites that I frequent regularly to find cute Japanese fabric.  The first is Super Buzzy, the second is Fabric Tales, and the third Emi Craft in Japan on Etsy. They all have a very good selection of … Continue reading

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