Archive for September, 2011


September 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Isn’t this fabric lovely? I don’t know anything about shibori except that it’s a type of tie dye from Japan. Given what tie dye usually looks like in the U.S., it doesn’t seem appropriate to call these intricate and elegant designs by the same name! In any case, I thought the following two posts would be fun to share. They come from an American blogger who went to a shibori festival in Nagoya, Japan. Check out her photos of the gorgeous garments as well as the shibori masters at work. Amazing!

Arimatsu Shibori Matsuri, Part 1

Arimatsu Shibori Matsuri, Part 2

Shibori Museum website (recommended by the blogger)


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Spoonflower Fabric Giveaway

September 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Pattern Review’s giveaway for September is two yards of quilting weight cotton from Spoonflower. The pattern can be your own design or one selected from the Spoonflower marketplace. All you have to do is sign up for Pattern Review’s Tracing newsletter (and probably create a free account in the process, too).

Flutter Sleeves Tutorial & Sleeve Types

September 15, 2011 Leave a comment

I saw this tutorial for adding flutter sleeves to a sleeveless dress or top, and I thought the end result was really pretty!

Constructing: Flutter Sleeve

I also found a useful little summary of sleeve types and other sleeve info in this blog post:

Just a Sleeve’s Length Away

Sleeves, sleeves, the bane or highlight of your existence.  They’re funnily shaped and difficult to align, but as the fabulous lady in the below ‘how-to’ videos by Threads says, “no other garment part works as hard as a sleeve does!”