Sewing

Cheryl Ellex

Sewing is one of the oldest of human endeavors. To accomplish this fundamental undertaking sewing notions, namely needles, thimbles and threads have been found to have been in continuous use since pre-history. Curious vintage and familiar modern sewing notions are established companions to sewing.

Cheryl Ellex

Sheer fabrics present a few challenges to the sewer as their perceived delicate and ethereal nature suggests, yet with just a few simple techniques the finished results can be amazing.

Cheryl Ellex

Buttonholes and their ever-present button companions often go unnoticed on the many garment types that use them for secure fastening. Functional, practical, simplicity itself, buttonholes are the understated mainstay of the sewing world.

Cheryl Ellex

The way clothes fit the body with consideration to comfort and freedom to move without undo restraint is the ease that is built into the construction of a garment. Design ease is a function of the overall style of the garment and usually has additional fabric amounts to supplement the wearing ease.

Cheryl Ellex

The concept of slow fashion, or any other movement tagged as such, may seem like an already existing idea offered as new, yet it does have continued relevance in a world with expected future resources strained, the use of toxic products in manufacturing textiles and burgeoning landfill concerns.

Cheryl Ellex

With a playful nod to the recent past, newly made women’s fashion that copy the style of the post-war era are referred to as retro while actual surviving garments are considered vintage. Sewing retro brings a light-hearted wistfulness to capture what past times were like.