1 142x300 The beginning of modern fashion: The Renaissance When it comes to clothing, I think it is very easy to find inspiration: nature, other cultures, art… but for me one of the greatest things is to look behind in the time. Very often I find myself watching old movies just to see how people used to dress. Or picking up a bunch of historical books at the library to check the pictures. It is quite fascinating how the social & political contest of the society can explain the dress codes and viceversa. Read more …

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skirt azul 119x300 How to make the pattern of a basic skirtToday I want to show you how you can easily draw the basic pattern for a pencil skirt. This is going to be a very basic pattern, without pockets but with a waist that you can later modify & experiment with. I personally have used this pattern in many occasions making little changes in length or fabric and the results have been always different but great. Read more …

Nakatani 150x150 Susana Nakatani, 100 fans on Facebook. Thank You!This week my Facebook page reached its first milestone: the 100th follower and you are thousands to read my blog every month.

All your support and interest well deserves a post to say THANK YOU!

A year ago, when I started writing my sewing ideas and tips I never imagined how rewarding could be to share my passion.
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 How to chose the lining for your sewing project Whenever we start a new sewing project we pay special attention to the fabric that we will use.

But what about the lining? The lining is a discrete but very important part of any garment. Normally, the lining protects the fabric and covers unfinished seams and other ugly details. It also gives body to the garment and, in some cases, such as coats or jackets, it helpsforro 150x150 How to chose the lining for your sewing project the garment to slide smoothly over the rest of the clothes.

The lining can alsobring creativity to your project. You can combine or match the fabric and the lining or play with the contrast of the two through colors, prints and textures.

In my beginning as a seamstress, I thought the only option for the lining was the horrible, famous bright polyester fabric. But believe me, there are endless options.

Personally, every time I have to choose a lining, I keep in mind a famous example: The Chanel tweed jacket.

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A Wool Experience

by Susana Nakatani

P70436961 225x300 A Wool ExperienceA few months ago and thanks to my studies, I had the opportunity to discover the mysteries of the wool production.

I spent more than 2 months as an intern at a little wool factory in Spain. Honestly I didn’t know what to expect before arriving there. I had never been before in a textile factory and actually the wool was a very unknown material for me. Read more …

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20 mode cover Fashion Trends In The 1920s That Opened a New World To Women A few months ago I attended an exhibition at the Malmö City Museum called “Without waist”. It was an exposition about fashion in the 1920′s where they explained that decade through some key events and objects that marked the period.

Today I want to tell you a few of the trends that affected women’s look and style, opening her to the world.

The 20′s were a reaction to the conservative Victorian and Edwardian values. The world became more international, passing from the darkness and the rigid values to the color and freedom. Some talk about the 20′s as a period of Escapism.

The 20′s are specially important for women

It was the departure point in their emancipation, freedom and feminine suffrage. Women started being an important part of the society, Read more …

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Choosing the right sewing machine for you is never easy, especially when you are a beginner. There are dozens of models in the market -with very different price ranges. And you can find hundreds of sewing machine reviews online. The problem is that most of those reviews are written by marketers and not by sewers. Antique Singer 300x239 Whats the Best Sewing Machine for a Beginner?

That’s why today I’m going to give you a few hints about the features that you will need as a beginner. It’s pointless to spend a fortune in a sewing machine if you don’t know how to use half of the more advanced features. Read more …

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How to make a Tie

by Susana Nakatani

corbata delantero How to make a Tie Sewing has been always a hobby, so at first I was sewing only for me: dresses, skirts, trousers… however, after a while it has become more than that and now my curiosity to try new things is growing.

I always thought that the most difficult pieces to make would be men’s wear and that I would probably never be enough experienced to make them. Well, I can proudly say that has changed. A few months ago I made my first men’s shirt.

It is complicated because details are more visible so you have to be very meticulous. But at the same time, doing men’s wear is the best way to improve you sewing skills and patience.
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P2240167bis 233x300 How To Make an Easy Shirt: Kimono Inspiration

If you are a regular reader, you have probably noticed that I have a very simple style. I like simplicity. Simple items are easier to combine and at the same time they are timeless.

Taking a look to kimonos on the internet the other day I felt inspired. Typically, Kimonos have a T shape and the translation from Japanese would be “thing to wear” so I decided to use those two ideas to make a classy but simple summer shirt.

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 Cristobal Balenciaga. A revolution for womenLet me tell you a secret… there are not so many designers I love. Sure I like to see what others do as a way to learn and as a way of inspiration but I like to stay aside from what these days we call “fashion”.

The word fashion (from the french ” façon”) used to mean: manner, mode. Nowadays fahion is more refered to a rule. Some dictate what you want to wear and what you should like and with a bit of time and brainwashing it becomes so.

I like to think of fashion as Art and a way of self expression and not something that places you in or out of society.

Fashion is a way of revolution.
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