Promenade Fine Fabrics-Luscious Fabrics in New Orleans

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Promenade Fine Fabrics This amazing, top-quality fabric store on St. Charles in New Orleans was an unexpected treat of our vacation to that area in August this year (2017)!  My eyes just happened to zero in on it when we were on the trolley to the Garden District for a walking tour.  Click to visit their website and HERE to read more about this father & son team:  Herbert Halpern and
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Try a SEWING Retreat …. to RELAX

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Prescription for sewing FUN - a Sewing Retreat where you can... Sew 24/7 Sleep - whenever! Food prepared and served Friends: old + new Melissa and her staff have created a 'heaven on earth' retreat centre out in the TX Prairie at Mt. Calm, TX - in the WACO area.  If you've never been on a sewing RETREAT - I highly advise you check out Retreat Centers that cater to
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Shop to Find Design Ideas = Snoop Shopping

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I'm traveling and shopping more than actually sewing this summer, hence my current blog direction.  The ideas at United Apparel Liquidators were so plentiful...that here is the final sharing from that source.  Today, I'm in Waco, TX shopping at the Magnolia Market and other stores .... yielding even MORE to share.   Tomorrow though, I'll be un-packing at the Compass Centre for SEWING retreat with my sister and some other (so
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MORE Couture Inspiration at United Apparel Liquidators

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Continuing with MORE couture sewing inspiration as I stumbled upon in New Orleans at United Apparel Liquidators on vacation...  This could likely turn into several MORE Blog Posts.  Thanks for your comments that you are enjoying the 'tour'. Read more about this great chain of stores, read the from March, 2017 HERE.  I was thrilled to elarn that they have several stores just 2 hours from my home in the
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Couture Outlet Snoop Shopping-United Apparel Liquidators

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United Apparel Liquidators is a Couture Outlet that every sewer needs to know about.  You'll not find any better 'snoop shopping' as I call it than what your eyes will feast on at this chain of stores. Discovering this store walking down Chartres Street in New Orleans on our recent vacation was a real treat.  Of course, I snapped lots of pictures of what caught my eye - and I'm
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1st Birthday TuTu & T Ensemble

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Special Occasions call for Special Clothing Birthdays are special - but for a little girl's #1, a sewist pulls out all of one's skills for the occasion.  Such has been my delight - as I've shared in posts HERE    about my daughter's first birthday hand-smocked dress 34 years ago, and the beginning of HER daughter's special birthday finery, and HERE with details about the Onesie.     Here's my #1 Grandbaby, Kenzie
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New Orleans Machine Embroidery Inspiration

In my dreams, the day will come when I can 'get into' the embroidery capabilities of my Brother machine.  Til then, I'm always on the lookout for different applications of that feature to file away and to share with those of you who are so talented along those lines. Here are some great ideas - small and big from our recent visit to New Orleans. SIMPLE COASTER SET The Trefoil
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Embellishment Inspiration from New Orleans Snoop Shopping

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The design and embellishment ideas were plentiful as we ducked in and out of shops in New Orleans this week.  Shop-owners were all most happy to have me go crazy snapping pictures as soon as I introduced myself, saying I wrote a fashion and sewing blog.  While we're still on vacation, I'll try my best to sneak in writing and posting from all the inspiration! SAFETY PINS + BEADS I
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World War 2 Museum Textiles – Part 2

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We returned to the WW2 Museum to complete our visit - so enjoy the final installment of the textiles and clothing found there. Below:  italics indicate my thoughts, and regular font indicate what was on the accompanying signage. 1942 COMBAT HELMET Made of 2 layers of cotton twill (the prevalent weave of most everything in the clothing), with thin padding between, this winter combat helmet was designed to retain warmth -
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WW2 Museum Textiles/Clothing

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The WW2 Museum here in New Orleans is not to be missed! Following up on my posts of a few weeks ago, here are some REAL garments and relics from WW2 interesting to us sewers. This jumpsuit is an example of what women wore to work in the ordnance plants.  'Ordnance' was a new word to me, so in case it is to you as well, here is a definition:
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