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Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

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Hat Blocks And Sewing Machines
This morning I did one of my thrift store runs. I try to hit a couple at a time during the week so I don't waste an entire day. Most of the time I walk out empty-handed. The idea is to get a feel for what's there so I can easily spot new stuff the next visit.

Goodwill was a big fa
11/6/2012 4:07:10 PM
Sewing Machine Snobs
Imagine walking into the big box home improvement store for a bit for your Black and Decker drill. The only bits you find are by Ryobi, but they're standard bits, so you grab one off of the pegboard and take it to the front. What does the checker do?

1. Takes your cash or plastic
9/17/2012 10:28:20 PM
It's A Dirty Job...
Yes, I have been cleaning and reorganizing, and I have a couple of pictures to prove it. The deed is not finished, but things are looking a lot better.

This is the new and improved sewing area:

7/26/2012 2:47:26 PM
New(ish) Vintage(y) Dress!
I've been a bit busy at the sewing machine this week. I decided it was time to do something for me. When I hit the local thrift store on Tuesday I found this amazing dress:

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2/23/2012 4:56:14 PM
Improved Dress Form
I mentioned in a previous entry that I'd outline what I'd done to improve my dress form. I took the time to do a couple of tweaks and shoot a picture today:

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Adventures in Corsetry
So I decided to try my hand at corset making. I selected the Butterick B4254. There were two reasons for this. One, I liked the look of View C, and two, Hancock Fabrics had all Butterick patterns on sale for 99 cents the S
12/23/2011 7:44:17 PM


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Hat Blocks And Sewing Machines
11/6/2012 4:07:10 PM

Sewing Machine Snobs
9/17/2012 10:28:20 PM

It's A Dirty Job...
7/26/2012 2:47:26 PM

New(ish) Vintage(y) Dress!
2/23/2012 4:56:14 PM

Improved Dress Form
12/28/2011 4:34:49 PM

Adventures in Corsetry
12/23/2011 7:44:17 PM

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