Foundations Revealed Site for Corset Making

A friend in the costume studies program at Dalhousie University recommended some content from this Foundations Revealed site to start learning about corset making before the NSCAD class begins in mid-October which was written about in the previous post. The site is only partly free. I don’t know enough about it to recommend paying for it or not, but there is still some pretty serious stuff that is free regarding corset making.

My friend specifically pointed out this PDF called The Corsetmaking Revolution, the New Corset Pattern Drafting Masterclass. She said it was really helpful when she started out, even though she’s tailored her techniques and methods from it with experience and personal preferences.

For those of you taking the class, or just interested in corset making, you might find it and the Foundations Revealed site interesting. Enjoy and tell us how you find the rest of the site!

Sharing Your Fashion And Sewing Inspiration with Pinterest

Fashion is something a lot of us consume via magazines. You buy them, you read them, you save them, maybe you’ll cut pictures out of them to keep the bits you like or are inspired by. Some of us watch fashion shows and record them. A few a fortunate enough to be able to attend them and take pictures.That’s all good and fine, but it’s a bit hard to share, and even access if you’re not where you keep all this stuff. You’d have to lug with you wherever you go for that access, and that’s often not worth doing. How often have you done lugged your fashion or sewing inspiration “file” to show someone, or so you could have it, say, while you weren’t home but wanted to think about it? Not often, I’m guessing.

With the world becoming more digital and online, I’d like to share with you a more modern way to have access and share anything you’d like, with a focus on fashion and sewing here for the Guild. They are like “bookmarking” sites, where you can save what you see online, and keep it online. That way, as long as you have a computer with Internet access, generally not hard to find, you have access to it. Further, people can see it, if you so wish, any time they like. It’s all kind of like this site, but a lot simpler in that you “one-click” something you like and file it.

There are many sites for this sort of stuff. However, the most visual one and hottest one going is Pinterest. It’s like a digital bulletin board. You see. You pin. And maybe you file if you want to keep it organized cause for a lot of people, it’s gotten out of control, if you can believe it! It’s that simple, and if you want to see its effectiveness, below are some example links.

This first link is the fashion inspiration collection of a 3rd year Costumes Studies student at Dal. Peryn has this for her own reference, but to show others, since it is publicly viewable and searchable, what inspires her. There are some crazy stuff I LOVE in that collection like the butterfly dresses! Some very useful stuff, too, like the necklace length charts… and I don’t even wear necklaces! But after I make what my Mom calls my pimping suit jacket, upon description to her, I just might! Can you imagine if you could see the same sort of thing for some other guild members to know what inspires them? Or just inspire each other if we could collectively share what inspired us?

Peryn also has a coats and jackets file, stuff for her house file, some steampunk collection stuff, among others. You all can’t get away from steampunk long now since I started mentioning it last year, can you? 🙂

As with anything, it takes a little effort to build and maintain. However, when you look at it, don’t you think it’s worth it? I think I’m going to get an account started now… and start building by “stealing” some of Peryn’s stuff!

Don’t worry. It’s not really “stealing”. I’m just taking some of Peryn’s inspiration and making a duplicate in my file. She’s not losing anything. And to be honest, if you’re not familiar with the economics and morality of social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), when you “steal” someone’s stuff, it’s actually a compliment to them. You’re basically saying “I like it enough I’m going to add it to my stuff and propagate it to others”! It’s more like “approving” rather than “stealing”. Welcome to the new world order!

Once I get enough of my own content, probably some time early next year, I’ll do a post to share my Pinterest board with you. In the meanwhile, I hope some of you will give it a go, if you haven’t already, to share your Pinterest board with the rest of us! Leave a link as a comment if you have!

Shopping for Fabric in New York’s Chinatown

Shopping for Fabric in New York’s Chinatown

A full review of a handful of stores I shopped at in Manhattan’s Chinatown, where there may not be many fabric and accessories stores like in the Fashion/Garment District, but LOTS of good deals nonetheless.

That, plus a nice girl might ask an Asian guy if he could advise her on sewing her Little Mermaid costume… 🙂

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A Pattern for Collars (Simplicity 1727)

A Pattern for Collars (Simplicity 1727)

I found this new pattern online this morning and thought I’d share why I thought it’d be of value to most sewists, myself included, on my blog. However, I don’t have a review on how good the pattern is, because I haven’t tried it, obviously.

Simplicity is on sale later this month at Fabricville for $1.99 each, if you need one, between Oct 29 to Nov 2. However, Read more

Free Patterns from

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Resource links will be duplicated in menus, categories, pages and wherever else is appropriate. is a great site I found for free sewing patterns of all sorts! Better yet, they have their patterns organized in so many ways, from purpose to season to difficulty levels, and more. A quick browse of their categories show Read more

Creativ Festival YouTube Channel

The Creativ Festival (formerly the Creative Sewing and Needlework Festival) is Canada’s largest consumer show dedicated to sewing, knitting, quilting, beading, needlework, scrapbooking and crafting, designed to intrigue, indulge, excite, educate and inspire. They now have their own YouTube Channel on which they plan to have many “how to” videos, among others. A quick review shows some very practical videos, like this one about how to sew zippers by Linda McGehee

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Member Garment made by Minh Tan.

Digital Citizen

This bath robe was made from 3 beach towels. Oddly, I could only find the beach towel on the back online to be able to share with you. I got it at Zellers in Canada, but they don’t have it online. The other two beach towels I got at Wal-mart in Canada. However, you can find all kinds of other, some better, Spiderman beach towels from which to make a similar garment:

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