IMG_6844I love sewing. It’s a big part of my life. Getting back into sewing several years ago was the impetus for a huge change in my life, which led to me leaving my hometown in the Washington, D.C., area for a job at a sewing magazine in Connecticut. Now I try to sew a little bit every day.

My goal is to make a large proportion of my daily wardrobe, rather than buying it. Clothes in stores and catalogs are boring and they never fit correctly. It’s slow going, but I’m making progress. This blog, and its title, is a reminder to myself to just cut the damn fabric and sew already! “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”: wiser words were never spoken. (Well, maybe there are wiser words, but these are pretty damn good.)

In addition to everyday clothes I can wear for work, I also make historically inspired and historically accurate costumes, mostly for playing dress-up at Jane Austen Society events and other Federal/Regency/Napoleonic era events. I have a different blog for that: Belle Mode, Belle Histoire.

Sewing is my main creative outlet. I love working with fabrics and patterns, and figuring out how to make things work. Follow along as I blog my successes, failures, frustrations, and random thoughts about sewing for life.


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  1. I am researching the dittoform. Now that you have had it for awhile. Do you still like it? Do you get a great fit? What are the pro and cons? You can email me it you would rather.

    • Hi there! So sorry for such a long delay in getting back to you on your question. I do still like my DittoForm! While it is not 100% accurate to my size, due to things discussed in the blog post about it, the shape is accurate. I find it most useful for fitting the backs of garments. Whether that’s pin-fitting a pattern or a muslin mock-up. The biggest con is that it is slightly bigger than me through the bust because I chose to wear a bra that actually added to my bust measurement, and I’ve since switched to an unpadded bra that doesn’t. The second issue is the armscye, as discussed in the blog post: not enough clearance around the upper arm bit to get an accurate fit through the armscye. I think I’m going to chop those upper arm stubs off and make a stuffed cloth arm (using Connie Crawford’s pattern) to pin in place when necessary. If you’re thinner rather than chubbier (like me) or just have thin arms then this won’t be a big problem for you. Then, too, the lack of a collapsible shoulder, like regular dress forms have, is a detriment, because it means it’s very difficult if not impossible to get a completed garment onto the form if the garment doesn’t have a front or back closure or doesn’t have lots of stretch. I know these sound like big drawbacks, and depending on your on-your-own fit evaluation skills, they could be. But for me, just having an accurate representation of my back from neck to thigh is incredibly helpful, because it helps me fit my asymmetries (low shoulder, high hip), decide how much of a sway back adjustment to do, and just generally gives me a viewpoint I can’t really get that well on my own. Taking photos helps, but being able to adjust something right in front of me instead of having to put it on, take a photo, look at the photo, make the change, put the mock-up back on…. it’s easier.
      I think if DittoForm could fix the problem with the 3D scanner not being able to accurately record the upper body/upper arm intersection point I might even spring for another form. As it is, my DittoForm is still more usable than the standard dress form I had for a few years. I hope this helps.

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