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Alterations Class

Confession: my relationship with apparel sustainability tends toward cyclical.  Sometimes an outside force causes me to pull back and examine my clothing habits.  Sometimes I read a new book and I feel old questions and concerns renewed.  I wish I could say that I steadfastly shun all of the tempting apparel out there, but I do still fall prey to over-priced pretty things that probably contain questionable products and which also probably did not earn their maker very much money.  Why is that?  The question bedevils me.

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Arm Warmers

My Dad thinks they are silly, but in my opinion, arm warmers make a lot of sense in northern winter life.  You don't want to commit to gloves, but you aren't quite warm enough...or maybe your cute jacket has those sweet bracelet sleeves that leave you wishing for the opera length gloves of the 1950s...or maybe you are enjoying the poncho thing happening now, but your wrists are chilly as a result.

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Silk Tee

I finished sewing a shirt last week.  I started it last year, but because every stitch is hand-sewn, it was taking a long time.  Summer came, and I no longer needed a long-sleeve shirt, so I put it aside.  But then fall came, and even though I wasn't sure it would be worth the time, I finished it.

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Backlog: Slopers

The flat-pattern method of designing clothes (and perhaps for other methods out there?) necessitates starting with a set of basic pattern shapes called slopers.  If you draft these, and then cut and sew them, you have what looks like a shell (a bodice), a sleeve, and a skirt.  Typically, these are sewn in plain, undyed muslin and lack fasteners and finished seams.