Sneak peek: Variations on a theme

You may have noticed I only have digital patterns available for sale in my Etsy shop during this time of “stay home, stay safe.” But, never fear, I’m still sewing. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the fashions I’ve been working on that will hopefully be for sale in a few weeks.

If you’ve followed my blog for very long, you’ll know I love a good peplum. So I decided to play with Dupioni silk and embroidered vintage hankies to come up with some variations using the peplum as my unifying theme.

I will not be reserving these fashions in advance of sale. Once my shop reopens for shipped items, it will be first come, first served.

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New sewing pattern available

I’ve just published another sewing pattern, available to download as a PDF from my Etsy shop. This pattern is inspired by a 1950’s Vogue sewing pattern and features an elegant wrap with puffed sleeves. And the good news is, all of my sewing patterns are currently on sale!

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What to watch while you’re social distancing

If you’re looking for an interesting show to binge watch while you’re social distancing, check out Handcrafted in America, currently available on demand on Amazon Prime.

The show is hosted by Jill Wagner, who you might recognize from some Hallmark movies. Jill travels across the United States visiting people who make specialist crafts. There are 39 episodes available, and you’ll see everything from clock making to custom made jeans.

Each episode, Wagner visits three different artists to discuss and study their craft. She jumps right in and helps out. I love that she’s game for anything, from welding, to wiring a lamp, sewing a quilt, blowing glass, making a football, and more. And I’m jealous that she ends up with so many cool things to take home! Check it out. You just might get inspired to try a new craft!

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Hankie Chic pattern sale

While we’re all staying home and staying safe, I thought it might be a good time to have a sale on my patterns. They’re all instant download pdf files, so you don’t even have to worry about shipping! I currently have 6 different patterns available to download. Go to hankiechic.etsy.com to purchase. Happy sewing!

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Stay home, stay safe

Michigan’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer, has issued a “stay home, stay safe” order for the next 3 weeks due to Covid-19. So to avoid trips to the post office, I’ve removed all listings from my Etsy shop, except for pdf downloads of my sewing patterns. Never fear, I’m still sewing! Once the all clear is sounded, watch for a bunch of new fashions to appear in my shop!

1:6 scale chair makeovers

Here’s the last of the doll furniture I was finishing up to take to the GAW Barbie Convention this year.

First up, two pewter pincushion chairs that I repainted gold. The seat cushions are made from a rich deep red Dupioni silk embroidered with gold leaves. I have 2 chairs available.

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And next, I managed to snag two Barbie Fan Club chairs. I also painted them gold and made seat cushions from coordinating black petit point hankies.

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