Monday, 29 September 2014


Keywords: delicate, pleat, cotton, chiffon, technique, sewing tutorial, do not backstitch, historical, dainty, iron, pretty, fine, thin, step-by-step guide, reference.
The link mentioned in the comic does not consistantly transcribe here, so here it is in longhand:
http [colon slash slash] historicalsewing [dot] com [slash] pintucks-the-old-fashioned-way
Remove the spaces and insert the noted punctuation. Jennifer Rosbrugh, the owner of the other site, has some lovely photos and explains for how pintuck can be used for structural support of a garment as well as a purly aesthetic addition.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Dragonfly Sceen-Saver

Keywords: not what you think, home decoration, yarn, needle, thread, screen door, prevent accidental walk-through, big, bold, noticable, long anchor stitch, do not add beads.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014


Keywords: ladder weaving, rows, intricate chain, bracelet, necklace, clasp, seed bead, metallic, glassy, shiny, matte, pattern, colourful, diamond, rectangular, thread, small scale, diminuitive, tie knot, style, accessory.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Chocolate or Vanilla? Cake or Cupcakes?

Keywords: versitile cake recipe, bake, importance of cooling, pretty icing melt, flour, sugar, egg beater, baking soda powder, milk, cocoa, artificial vanilla extract, butter, margarine, pans, mixing bowls, decorative paper cupcake wrappers, sift, oven, delicious batter, knife toothpick check, easy.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Venn Diagram

Keywords: Circle, oval, overlap, conversation, presumably well-intentioned, family, single, married, divorced, with or without kids, parenting, possible xkcd reference, too much information, opinion, occurance, popular media portrayal, analysis.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Chilli Pasta Sauce

Keywords: pasta sauce, chilli, ground beef, crushed tomato paste, garlic, curry powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, stove top, spatula, button mushroom, refried red black kidney beans, canned, sliced, chopped, bulb onion, sweet orange yellow green bell pepper, fry, stew, marinate, spicy, hot.
If you want a meatless, vegetarian option, sauté the vegetables in canola oil. In the recipe shown, the natural juices of the meat keep the vegetable chunks from sticking to the sides of the cooking pot.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Lemon Squares

Keywords: recipe, cook, bake, lemon squares, crust, filling, topping, pan, bowl, flour, powdered icing sugar, butter, margarine, eggs, juice, zest, goopy, messy, napkins.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Green Dress

Keywords: dress, ballgown, make, sew by hand, stitch, pleated skirt, corset bodice, historical, Victorian Elizabethan inspired, design, create, flair, elegant, formal, backless, plunging back, green, reverse-angle raglan sleeve.
External inks mentioned in the blog post don't seem to be transcribable here, so here they are in longhand:
http [colon slash slash] elizabethancostume [dot] net [slash] custompat
http [colon slash slash] historicalsewing [dot] com [slash] figure-out-how-to-do-pleats-on-back-of-a-bustle-bodice
Remove the spaces and insert the necessary punctuation.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Purple Dress

Keywords: purple dress, design, make, sew by hand, pattern drafting, stretchy cloth, improvisation, needle and thread, thirty-five 35 hours, semi-formal, tapered waist, circle flutter butterfly sleeves, knit weave fray comparison, whole cloth, cape, mantle, cloak, classy jacket substitute, safety pin, semi-ballgown.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Happy Accident Barbie Dress

Keywords: Barbie doll dress, cellphone bag, pouch, sleeve, ribbon, halter, sewing machine, measure, happy accident, green, snap closure, stitch, reconsider.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Error notice

While trying to correct a typographic error in earlier posts, they were accidentally switched and republished in the wrong order, and I can't figure out how it happened or how to fix it. For the record, the order is supposed to be: necklace fitting, pants making, pants fitting; not, as it is, pants fitting, pants making, necklace fitting. The original publication dates, over the course of a three day period, have also been lost, suggesting they were all published in the same day. I will continue to try to correct this without deleting them, and in the meanwhile, anyone following this blog may recieve multiple updates from the same post. Maybe it's the tiny perfectionist in me, but this is really, really aggravating, since there was a reason I published them in the order I did and now they are all scambled up!
[Edit] I've decided - fairly quickly, I admit - to give up on fixing this, because it doesn't seem I can correct the order without outright deleting the posts and I don't want to loose my stats.
[Secondary edit] While arranging the schedule for future updates, so they would appear on a timer, it occured to me to check if such a thing existed on the posts that were already published. The error has been corrected, but this notice will stay up to explain if someone comes looking for why they got a bunch of update notices when there were only five posts on the whole blog.

Pants Fitting

Keywords: pants making, sewing machine, cuffs, pattern drafting, adjustment, fit, legs, jeans, raise lower waistband, customization, side stripe, tuxedo, pockets, purple, inseam reinforcement.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Pants Making

Keywords: pants, jeans, denim, making, sewing machine, pattern drafting, leggings, tights, pockets, zipper cover, side-seam, three 3 pages, ambitious, challenge, green.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Necklace Fitting

Keywords: jewellery making, fitting, adjustment, necklace, chain, cord, ribbon, bead, safety pin, knot, bracelet, lengthen, shorten, clasp, accessory.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Red T-shirt Dress

I hope this is both interesting and informative. Although the bulk of my posts will be in comic format, I will probably include a bit of text at the end of each post to aid the search feature. Most of the time it will just be a list of keywords ... in this case: first post, red dress, how to, sew, recycle, upcycle, redesign, repurpose, clothes, clothing, remake, garment repair, T-shirt, skirt, create, stitch, sewing machine, Asperger's Syndrome.