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Fabric Shopping in Rio

You may have noticed that things were very quiet here on the blog. A month ago, my stepfather passed away. His death was a huge, awful surprise. Even though he had many health issues, he…

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Los Angeles, 85° Winter: Seamwork Benning

I always sing the praises of winter in Los Angeles. The air gets crisp, temperatures range between the 50s and low 70s, and the sun shines. I love Los Angeles winters because they are the…

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Goth Valentine: Portia Dress

My partner and I have been together for 19 ½ years—we are celebrating our 20th anniversary this June!—and we decided long ago that Valentine’s Day is not a date we worry about too much. There…

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Goth/Alt Pattern Designers: They Do Exist!

A couple of months ago, I did some research and wrote three blog posts highlighting free “regular” patterns that can be easily transformed into goth pieces (Free Goth-Them-Yourself Patterns Part 1, Part 2, and Part…

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Sharp Corners… A Work in Progress

I can definitely tell that my sewing skills have improved with practice. Patterns that I once avoided because I was afraid of this or that technique no longer scare me. I can sew better, stronger, faster.…

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