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September - October 2014
Your Own Fall Collection

• Fall 2014..Fabric, Texture, Color, Must-Haves
• A New Cardigan=1945A+1960
• Borrowing, Restyling and a Makeover


July - August 2014
Pre Fall Possibilities

• Pre fall possibilities and best bets
• Construction for a 1945C pattern jacket to tunic
• Make a back to front tee shirt
• Aging gratefully


April - June 2014
The Art of Spring Fashion

• Brushing away Winter - a little DIY for the artist within
• Pattern Mixing
• Tunic Tune Up
• Digital Textile Printing


January - March 2014
Happy 20th Anniversary!

• Resort Collection Trends 2014
• Sew for Now and Later
• New Selvage Techniques
• Working with Lambskin, Denim and more


September - December 2013
Fall in Love with Your Sewing

• A look at Fall 2013
• The History of Tartan and an easy wrap skirt
• A great basic coat
• Pleating for attention, working with leather and more


July - August 2013
Ready to Wear? Pre-Fall 2013

• Casualize your Jackets plus an Index to Techniques for the 1945 Jacket
• PreFall Collections
• Lambskin Leather for Fall
• Reflecting on 100! + 6 issues of the FSG Newsletter


April - June 2013
To Sew or Not to Sew (so much)

• Sewing for -- Being Fashion Forward
• Sewing for -- The Challenge
• Sewing for -- Fill Ins and Fix Ups



January - March 2013
Now Here's an Idea

• Resort Collection Trends for 2013
• Making a Useful Coat
• Mixing color, prints and graphics
• Plus knitwear news


November - December 2012
Sew A Little Happiness

• Your Holiday Idea Book
• Coat Chic
• Handbag Inspiration


September - October 2012
Casual Luxury

• Fall Fashion Trends: The Most Wearable and Sew-able
• Re-styling your wardrobe for Fall 2012
• Turn the 1960 top into a shell with ribbing
• The Return of the blouse with a re-design of the 1960
• Fabric jewels: sapphire, garnet, amethyst plus


July - August 2012
Truth Knowlege New Clothes

•It's a matter of tastes
•Low-fat sewing = Low-fat dressing
•Working today's pantsuit
•Taking the suit out of your boucle, novelty or tweed fabric



April - June 2012
Sew What You See

•How designers do it
•Dressing from the bottom up
•A new pattern for a Woven t-shirt

•Third layer ideas

January - March 2012
I've Been Meaning to Tell You...

•Starting the year with good fit
•Fitting and Your Style
•Making a Real Raincoat
•Sewing and fabric care tips


November - December 2011
A Dress or Not a Dress...is that the question?

•How to turn jacket patterns into dresses
•The easiest dress ever--from the 1960 knit cardigan pattern
•Elegant ways to turn everyday clothes into holiday including using sequin sprinkled fabric

September - October 2011
Fall Fashion Workbook

• Fall styles your way
• New dream fabric, wool imposter
• A classic, an easy cardigan jacket and another sweater re-design
• A minimalist's coat


July - August 2011
The Era of Confidence

• Pearls of sewing wisdom from Chanel
• Jacket Fitting Diary
• Pants architecture
• Shirtwaist dress


April - June 2011
Time to Spring into Action

• The Big Ideas: Fabric, Color, Prints, Jackets, and Pants
• The New (old) Skirt
• Fake-a-Blouse
• Handbag DIY
• Plus more Spring tricks and how-to's


January - March 2011
Spring on Your Mind?

• Pants, Jacket and Blouse Trends of the Season
• Custom Made Trims
• A Jacket with the ease of a Sweater
• Look at This...designer details and ideas
• A Technicolor Dream Coat and more...


November/December 2010
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

• Turning a Scarf into More
Sew a "Scarfigan"
• The Coat Story this Winter
• Just Charming
• Knit Sleeves and Collar and more clever ideas


September/October 2010
The Luxury of Sewing

• Fall 2010
• THE Key Fall Collection? Celine!
• What to Sew & Wear First...
• A Great Easy Cardigan Re-design, Sleeveless Jackets, Eighties Reconstruction...
• If You Love the Detail of Couture


July/August 2010
How, What, Wear and Why

• Fixing sewing dilemmas
• Making classic Modern
• The transition to fall begins now


May/June 2010
Summer Essentials

• Essentials for Pants, Tops and Dress-Up
• Plus, The Just-in-case Essential
• Summer Fabrics and Special Sale


March/April 2010
What's Black and White and Chic Everywhere?

• What You'll Want
• The Matched Suit
• The Utility Jacket
• Good News Accessories, Spring/Summer Jackets, Wrap design and more...


January/February 2010
Decisions, Decisions...

• What to sew first...
• The Wrap and Tie Cardigan
• The Sweater Jacket
• The T-Shirt Tunic


November/December 2009
A Special Holiday Season

A holiday to be generous, comfortable and elegant


September/October 2009
The Keys to Fall Fashion

• The Matching Suit
• Pants
• The Cardigan
• The Short Coat, the not-so-basic dress and more


July/August 2009
It's Time to...

• Start a new sewing strategy, use up fabric, update what you have
• Realize your pants potential
• Look at new designers - meet Thakoon
• Create another look from the basic jacket pattern

May/June 2009
About that Fabric

• Eco Fabrics
• Ancient Printing Methods Go Modern
• Summer in the City - Chicago Event


March/April 2009
Spring 2009

• Spring Color Stories and Fabrics
• Do you know your Harem from your Dhoti?
• Lapels Made the Jacket a Star Again
• Sharpen Your Pencil Skirt
• Finishing Touches Matter
• The Most Useful Piece? The Cardigan


January/February 2009

Fashion Answers to Questions from Subscribers




November/December 2008
Time to Winterize

• Your Pants & Legs
• Layers
• Your Neckline
• For a Holiday Occasion
• Your Coat


September/October 2008
Fall 2008 Sew Inspired

• The Jacket is the It Piece
• A Blouse is Another It Item
• Fall Fashion Review
• Your Husband's Vest -- a Sleeveless Jacket
• 1945 - 10th Anniversary
• New fall buttons and fabrics


July/August 2008
The Collar Workbook

• The Collar's Fashion Factor
• The Three Basic Types of Collars
• New Collar Templates
• Every Woman's Blouse, and more


May/June 2008
Sew Quick, Look Great

• Contour Waistband with Flat Front Pants
• City Shorts from Your Pants Pattern
• Easy to Sew Washable Summer Fabrics

          March/April 2008
Spring 2008

• Fabric and Color
• Jackets and the Spring 2008 Suit
• The Sheath Dress with pattern template
• The Chanel Pattern Draft -- never seen before
• Sewing Yourself a Waistline
• And much more

January/February 2008
Your Sewing Reload Button

• The New Suit...
• "The Secrets of the Chanel Jacket"
• Newsletter Index from 2001
• Estimating Fabric Yardage

  November/December 2007
Really Giving Thanks

• Double faced or double cloth, quick sewing processes
• A reversible hoodie vest from pattern 1945C
• Knit Fabric Flower construction and inspiration
• An easy evening shawl from velveteen
• Knitting for Women Who Sew--a scarf edge trim


September/October 2007
Fall 2007 -- "plus a Dash of Daring"

• Fall Fashion Overview
• Fall Fabric and Color Review
• Self-Fabric Trim Ideas and trapunto accents for your knit garments
• Sew a Knit Like a Woven
• New Dress from Jacket 1945 Pattern and more

July/August 2007
Sleeve Index

• Defining sleeve and cuff styles--more than 40 examples
• Sleeve choices for flattering your figure
• How to evaluate sleeve fit
• Sleeve finishes for vents--including a quick flat vent method used at Chanel and more
• The 1945 sleeve redesign with a pleated panel that extends the length of the sleeve

May/June 2007
Keeping Our Fashion Cool

• Warm weather sportswear inspirations
• Cuff pattern for 1945 jacket to shirt/blouse conversion
• Pucci and his prints

March/April 2007
It's All Up to Us

• Springl Fashion Overview
• Spring Fabric and Color Review
• Highlights from February 2007 NY Fall fashion week at Zang Toi and Ralph Rucci
• Turn the 1945 jacket into a warm weather shirt/blouse with collar and neckband
• How to use a crinkled woven like a knit
• 1945 with contrast facings and cuffs


January/February 2007
The Ticket to Springtime

• Resort review
• Make a New Outfit - How to Rethink your Clothes
• Small sewing projects found in the Details
• Another Interesting Skirt
• Chanel influence, and coat project

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