Musician and Fashion Designer with a Day Job

| June 29, 2008

Joleen Rumsey (right) waits on customers at Field’s Fabrics store during the day, is a member of a band called The Icicles by night, and on the side she’s co-owner of fashion design label Flutter Fashion, along with Rachel Six (left), another local fashion designer.  The duo, who met at the fabric shop, design and sew [...]

Exclusive Ex-Supplier Sues Vera Bradley

| June 28, 2008

Hundreds of local sewers in Fort Wayne, Indiana have been put out of work, at least temporarily, and a lawsuit has been filed against Vera Bradley in response to an announcement that the company would be bringing all sewing in-house and cancelling contracts with outside firms.  The lawsuit describes a now soured long term relationship [...]

SimFlex Expanding Sewing Gauge

| June 28, 2008

The SimFlex Expanding Sewing Gauge gives you fast and accurate measuring.  It is quick and easy to use.At first glance, you’d think it might only be for measuring button/button hole spacing.  While it is PERFECT for measuring accurace spaces for buttons and buttonholes, it has many other uses.The SimFlex Expanding Sewing Gauge is great for [...]

Amazon Buys Fabric.com

| June 28, 2008

Amazon isn’t just about books anymore – you can buy almost anything at Amazon.com these days, including patterns and some sewing tools.  Pretty soon you’ll be able to buy custom cut fabric there too!  Amazon announced this week that it has acquired Fabric.comfor an undisclosed amount.  Launched in 1999 by Stephen Friedman, Fabric.comhas developed a [...]

Kiva.org ~ Helping Sewing Businesses and Others in Developing Countries

| June 27, 2008

Kiva.org is a website that allows individuals to lend money through microloans of as little as $25 to pre-screened entrepreneurs in the developing world, empowering them to lift themselves out of poverty.  The purpose of the microloans ranges from supplying wood and better tools to a carpenter in Cambodia to purchasing materials for a sewing [...]

How To Choose Good Sewing Machines For Quilting By Wade Robins

| June 26, 2008

Quilting has long been an art with the earliest American women creating beautiful quilts to adorn their homes. However, there is much more to it now than there was then. Today’s quilters can take partake in the massive technological advances sine then to create he most beautiful pieces. Instead of using a needle and thread, [...]

Michelle Obama’s Fashion Designer Getting National Recognition

| June 24, 2008

It appears that everything about Michelle Obama is being analyzed this election year, right down to the size of her pearls and every other aspect of her wardrobe.  Many of Mrs. Obama’s photographed outfits have been designed by Maria Pinto, a 51-year old Chicago native who was relatively unknown outside her local area until her [...]

From Sewing Student to Successful Skirt Designer

| June 21, 2008

Frenchie Bunch of Columbia, South Carolina, decided to take a sewing class when her favorite bed linens needed repairing.  Frenchie still has the first skirt she made in that class, it has darts that are backward and upside down.  She ended up liking the class so much that she quit her tennis class to learn [...]

Expand Your Sewing Business – Sew For Plus Sizes

| June 21, 2008

As plus sizes become more mainstream, and as waistlines expand nationwide, plus-size clothes that are fashionable are getting harder to find.  Recent statistics have indicated that among children and teens ages 6 – 19, about 30 percent are overweight or obese.  These same statistics show that nearly two-thirds of the adult population is categorized as overweight or obese.  [...]

Book Review “Bearly Believable: My Part in the Paddington Bear Story” by Shirley Clarkson

| June 19, 2008

Shirley Clarkson made her first Paddington bears as Christmas gifts for her children in 1971.  She had copied the design from Michael Bond’s much loved children’s books because they were a favorite of her children.  The kids friends liked the bears so much the Clarksons made some more and sold them.  It wasn’t long before [...]