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Let’s Make Colonial Costumes for Girls!


Girls' Colonial Dresses

Out of all the patterns I’ve designed in the past 18 years, the Girls’ 1780s Portrait Dress pattern is, hands down, my own daughters’ very favorite. I’ve made them so many dress-up dresses from this pattern in toiles and stripes and prints, and they want new ones as soon as they outgrow them! But this year, both girls asked if I could make dresses that looked more like something “Felicity” (the now retired–sigh–American Girl doll) would wear. Read more…

2014 Historical Fashion Tour Now Booking!



Suzi Clarke and I are so excited about everything we’ve packed into next year’s England tour! We’ll be revisiting some of our favorite places from the 2010 and 2012 tours and adding a couple of new items, including a full-dress Titanic-themed dinner in a sumptuous private dining room. We’ve got wonderful guest speakers and curators […] Read more…

Gorgeous Kangas on eBay!



My wonderful helper in the States finally managed to sort through the latest batch of Kangas from Kenya and post them for sale on eBay! I really scoured the markets high and low to find the prettiest Kangas with the nicest “Jina” (sayings) on them, and I think you’re going to love what we’ve got! Included […] Read more…

1958 Party Dress in Threads Magazine!



Thanks to the talented Katrina Casey of Edelweiss Patterns and her wonderful blog, Threads Magazine discovered my 1958 Party Dress pattern and asked to feature it in the July issue! Be sure to pick up a copy to see the full feature, which includes close-ups of Katrina’s beautiful cummerbund-style sash and rosette. I was so […] Read more…

Spring Fling Sale in Progress!



We’re having a Spring Fling Sale here at S&S, and everything is 15% off through midnight Sunday, May 5! Please remember that Order Fulfillment is closed during this time, so all orders for paper patterns will be shipped beginning on May 6. ePatterns and eBooks, of course, are still delivered instantly. Happy Sewing! Read more…

2013 England Tour!


This year is a very special one for those of us who love not only historical fashion but also all things Jane Austen. 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice, and this year’s tour (September 13-21) is chock-full of Austen delights. Beginning in Bath at the opening of the Jane Austen Festival, […] Read more…

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