Colors for Spring 2019

I was at the Textile Show in downtown Los Angeles on Friday.  I saw (and felt!) some wonderful fabrics, some of which will be coming my way soon.  I also got a peek at the colors that are predicted for Spring 2019.  These colors are predicted by Pantone (which I will talk about in a different post ♥ ).

Colors can portray feelings and moods, and Pantone said that this season of colors reflects a yearning for playful expressionism and creativity with vibrant hues that transcend restrictive seasonal definitions and encourage creative, unexpected combinations.


As you walk in the stores and look in catalogs as the Spring 2019 clothing lines are introduced, 

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Liberty of London…Shoes!

Thought I would pass this along to you all!  Macy’s is having one of their shoe sales (buy 2 pair and save 40%, use code BIG) and these Liberty of London shoes from Sperry are included.


Yes, they are already ordered and on their way to my house!  Perfect timing, as my Wiltshire Sperry’s have a hole in them, so these will be a perfect replacement!

More to come soon – just went down to the garment district yesterday and visited the Art of Television Costume and Design exhibit, so will be posting a few pictures from that.

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Colorful and Creative…. Oscar de la Renta Stamps!

I love fabric and I love color! I love feeling fabric and seeing the creative drape of a garment. To me, color and creativity put a smile on my face. I was ordering stamps the other day, and Surprise! there was a sheet of stamps that were right up my alley. Oscar de la Renta, and some of his fabrics and garments!

Wouldn’t it be lovely to receive a letter with one of these stamps adorning the corner?!

Or one of these?

If you want to drool, you can go to the OdlR web site and look at some of the clothes.

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“Traditions and Transitions” with Vaune and Cindy – August 24-26, 2018 in the Owensboro, KY area!

Cindy Foose and I have found a new home for our 2018 retreat, “Traditions and Transitions”, which will be August 24-26, 2018. We will also have a Come Early Class on Thursday and a Stay and Sew Day on Monday.

As summer wanes, transitions into cooler weather, fall activities, and holiday preparations receive a hearty welcome. The colors and textures of a new season’s fabrics whet our interest and nudge us to sew for the children in our lives. Vaune and Cindy invite you to join them at Mount St. Joseph Retreat Center, in Maple Mount, Kentucky, for three days of superb instruction centered around two adorable outfits guaranteed to ease a young girl’s wardrobe into fall with traditional comfort and style.

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Men of the Cloth



     I just finished watching the film “Men of the Cloth”, which is about 3 Master Tailors and the dying art of tailoring (and makes very clear that tailoring is VERY different from alterations!).   It is a wonderful film and shows the incredible amount of work and talent it takes to make a custom suit (bespoke is the word that is often used today).

Running time is about an hour an a half – great to watch if you are stitching.  It is available on Amazon Prime!

Here is link to the trailer,

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Foot Sale at Bernina

Only until tomorrow!  All Bernina feet are 25% off.  Now is the perfect time to get that foot you have been wanting!

For those of you who have sewn with me before, you know my favorite feet are:

#31, 5 groove pintuck foot (making and attaching piping)
#37,  1/4 inch foot (French seams, general sewing)
#10,  Edge or Stitch in the Ditch foot (French seams, heirloom sewing, top stitching)
#23,  Clear Applique’ Foot (has a groove and short toe – attaching piping around a curve).


Hope all of you that are in the Harvey or Irma path are safe!

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2018 Pantone Color Palettes


Pantone has just announced their 2018 Color Palettes.  These are the colors that they ‘predict’ that will be used throughout the clothing and garment industry.  The top palette in the picture is dedicated to home dec.  The palette names for 2018 are:

Vedure                               Playful                         Discretion                       TECH-nique

Far-fetched                        Resourceful                     Intricacy                       Intensity



The 2018 Color of the Year will not be announced until later in the year, usually about November or December.  LAST year’s coor (2017) was Greenery


Stay tuned and see what they will choose,

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BYD…with a SLIP! :) and Ditto Form picture

Here she is again – a pink floral this time.  Puff sleeves and a ruffle collar!  The next picture gets even better!



     You can see that she has on a SLIP with her dress…be still my beating heart!

And on to other things –

I have wanted to do more sewing for myself, but always have trouble fitting myself.  Even though I am on the small size, I am no where near a standard size.  I am short waisted, and have long arms and legs. I read about a personalized dress form,where they scan your body and then make a dress form with your measurements. 

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