Tailoring YOUR Style

Alter pants when one hip is higher than the other

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As I wrap up the pilot version of the Building the Custom Pants Block master course in pants making and get ready for the next session starting up soon, I continue to help students one at a time alter their pants for a perfect fit — my favorite part! Often altering pants is met with resistance and […]

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The 5 phases in the custom clothes-making process

Dressmakers often over-simplify and under-rate a complex process. We say, “I know how to sew,” or “I sew for a living,” when what we mean is, “I design and construct custom clothing.” There are five phases in the custom clothes-making process. Each phase has an outcome that links it to the next phase. Complete each […]

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Pockets are fun to design!

Take a look at the pocket video I uploaded to my YouTube channel yesterday and imagine reshaping the pocket to give the pants an entirely different look — going from the shape marked in red to the shape marked in blue. Can you figure out how to develop the western pocket after seeing the slant […]

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Fighting for the privilege to teach pantsmaking

As I go about the hard work of marketing courses for online presentation, I’m reminded of how hard running a business can be. This sales hat I’m now wearing is uncomfortably itchy and tight. I want to toss it aside. Come on world just let me TEACH!  I am about to give up for lack […]

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SCCandA’s singular focus

News in “SCCandA land” from the School of Custom Clothing and Alterations — a singular focus is emerging. Here’s your hint as to what this focus is. Without glancing down, tell me… What is the one clothing item that could help women of all ages, all sizes and all shapes want to get dressed in […]

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I love most to explore

It’s that time of year when we take a look at the past, enjoy the beauty of the season, take a deep breath and prepare for the future. This year I find myself working harder than ever and wondering why at 70 I’m feeling so driven. I tell myself it is that I need to […]

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Make the most of what we already have

This article on an innovative fashion company achieving zero waste in manufacturing clothes caused me to reflect on what it means to “make the most of what we already have.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tonle-fashion-company-zero-ewaste-fair-labor-clothing-cambodia_us_57ee9e2de4b024a52d2eb366 As a child of the 60’s born to parents who got married at the height of the Great Depression in 1933 it means one […]

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ASDP Conference 2016 was a huge success!

Written Sunday, October 30, 2016 I’m traveling today physically and mentally, which often happens in the car, on the train or in a plane. Today it’s the plane and I can look out at the clouds below that separate me from the earth. I love to fly! Speaking of flying, the last two weeks flew […]

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Here’s an example of a pants fitting review

I thought you might like to see the process I use to help individuals with pants fitting online when enrolled in the Pants for Women Master Course.This service is provided on a per need basis and shared with the class when it is deemed helpful to the others. Student emails me pictures along with questions. […]

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To Fit Pants Start at the Waist – revisited

My first article written for Threads magazine was called To Fit Pants Start at the Waist. I wrote this article more than a decade ago, and the logic behind it remains as true today as it was back then. It is easier to fit pants right away if I have a pair of pants all […]

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