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This week: Racing to the finish

For those in the US, did you have a good midweek holiday?

I chose to celebrate by running another half-marathon, my second this year (or ever). This time I was not at death’s door, the weather was perfect in the early morning out on Sauvie Island, and the course was blissfully flat and pretty.

I feel I’m racing to the finish in more ways than one this week. The two new patterns are being wrapped up for testing — I’m printing out copies for my test sewists as I write this.

Just like distance running, the home stretch is always a challenge. There are so many little things to check and recheck, you feel like you’re never going to get there. Just a little bit further…

Here are some links for you this week:

  • Sarah offers some tips on handling and sewing with one of the original synthetic textiles: rayon.
  • An article from a back issue of Vogue Patterns magazine by Claire Schaeffer shows some lovely ways to fashion self-fabric trims.
  • Forget rick-rack as trim on clothing! Try making some vintage-kitschy rick-rack jewelry!
  • Thinking of making the Nutmeg bralette sometime? Check out this beautiful 30s lace bra for inspiration!
  • This DIY drying rack is not only a great place to dry laundry or vintage garments, but fabric too!
  • Learn the difference between grosgrain and Petersham ribbon.
  • This DIY belt made from leather and ribbon would be a lovely addition to many summer dresses.
  • A round up of ideas for using up those random scraps you have leftover from projects!
  • Great tips on sewing jeans and touches that help them mimic store bought styles.
  • A few fun pattern schematics for quick summer garments to whip up from 1948.
  • How to neaten the inside edges of a facing so the interior construction is just as neat as the outer!

Have a great weekend, folks!

{image above by Amy Selleck, links research by Casey}

Sarai Mitnick


Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.


Maddie Flanigan

July 6, 2012 #

Oh I’m so glad to see that Sallie’s guest post on my site made the list! She was wonderful to work with!

Congrats on your half marathon. What an accomplishment!


July 6, 2012 #

Well done on your half marathon, sounds like the conditions were pretty much perfect for you.

Love that rick rack jewelry. I know what I’m going to be buying and playing with!


July 6, 2012 #

Congrats on your half marathon!! Thats a huge accomplishment – well done!
Thanks for including my guest post with Maddie in yet another lovely lovely roundup of links!


July 6, 2012 #

Congrats on finishing another half marathon!


July 6, 2012 #

Thank you for the link to “how to neaten the edges of your facing”! I was – well, er… facing that exact problem yesterday, but never thought of “facing the facing with interfacing”. That’s both very clever and useful!
I actually serged the edges of the facing, but as it’s a peculiar shape, I wasn’t able to round the corners in a satisfying way, and I have my suspicions re: the serger thread irritating my daughter’s skin.
I will now unpick the facing, cut away the serged edges and do it per this link’s suggestion. This one is a keeper for sure!


July 6, 2012 #

No, thank YOU Maddie and Sallie. :)

Thanks for the congrats, everyone. I’m signed up to do a full marathon in October, and that still seems impossible to me right now. Ack.


July 6, 2012 #

Congrats on the half marathon! I am continually impressed by people who can run that much. :)

I’m definitely also getting the ‘race to the finish’ vibe this week- I’ve got six days to finish up my new costume for San Diego Comic Con, and I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me yet- not an insurmountable amount, but I’ve got my work cut out for me. All I can say is, IT’S ON.


July 9, 2012 #

Congratulations – wow – I admire people who do marathons!

And hey – did you say new patterns????? woohoo!!!

lee lee

July 9, 2012 #

Congratulations on the marathon! I can’t run because of my knees,but I do Zumba!Next week I am taking a class to learn to be an instructor. I want to learn all I can about the low impact way of doing Zumba.Exercise is life changing.
Thankyou for the links! I like the one on making belts.
Ah, new patterns??????? Can’t wait.

The 4th here was hot-104… perfect for ice cold watermelon and cold drinks with friends.


July 22, 2012 #

So happy to hear about the pattern testing — when do you expect them to be released?


July 23, 2012 #

September. :)