Where do you buy Burda World of Fashion?

I order directly from from GLPNews. I’m also unable to loan any magazines out. It’s too stressful.

Why do you only sew from Burda?

Well, not *only*. I pay $80 a year for my subscription and want to get my money’s worth. Plus, they are always here when I’m ready to sew. Instant sewification.

How did you learn to sew?

Self taught from books and much improved with the internet.

Where can I find that notion/book?

Etsy and Ebay baby. There’s hardly a notion I have that didn’t  come from there! Unfortunatly, I’m not willing to part with any of my vintage books, magazines, or foreign notions.

What do you do IRL?

Currently I’m a freelance consultant. But, I’ve been a TV reporter/anchor, speechwriter, press secretary and personal assistant.


My earlier posts were point and shoot digital cameras with face recognition. I now shoot on a Nikon DSLR and have a prosumer Pentax for when I travel. I used a tripod and remote to take photos of myself and invested in an external flash. My skin is dark, I need light.



  1. LOL, that’s why I have time to sew, too.
    I have one child and she is grown and my husband is used to being left to his own deviced.
    Cleaning, yardwork-> not so necessary.

  2. Hi Cidell,

    I love your blog and your attitude in general. I’m a sewer and am going to go to NYC to touch real fabric in about a month! All the good fabric stores in Boston have closed… sigh….do you have recommendations for favorite fabric haunts in NY?

    Best wishes,

    PS. also love Anthropologie and will soon be knocking off their navy linen shirtdress.

  3. Hey Cidell,
    I don’t know if this is the right spot to do this but just wanted to say that I LOVE your blog!! I have been inspired by so many of these sewing and design blogs that this summer I am going to learn how to sew. I can sew a little but just the basics (and I mean very basic). Never have I made any clothes, but am so excited to learn. I love J.crew, Ann Taylor, etc. and when I look at their dresses I think, “Wow if I could sew I don’t think that would be difficult to make.” Because I sure can’t afford to buy a 200 dollar dress. Sorry this such a long comment, all I really wanted to say was I love your blog!! Your blog and other sewing blogs have inspired me to tackle learning to sew!! Wish me luck!!


  4. I stumbled upon your site with a search for a link to Miss Celie. I love your blog. I’m teaching myself to sew *and* we both have a manicure feature. Let’s be blog buddies.

  5. Hello Cidell

    I see you have been subscribing to Burda for a while so I thought I might try my luck by asking you. I am looking for at pattern or a magazine with a pattern for these pants

    and it must be from a Burda 2009 magazine as the picture is from december 2009.

    I just need to know which issue to look for, if you feel like helping out I would be forever grateful!!

    Love your stuff btw, will be sure to pop by from time to time.

    Best regards

  6. I just wanted to say hi. I have been looking in on your blog for a while now, and love it! I find your post so inspirational. The thought that you are self taught give me hope, and your funny “learning experiences” say perfection no but passion yes! I also want to tell you how much I like all of your extra photos, like the travel ones. Seeing how open you are in your interest, biking & dance etc.., reminds me to be open despite coming across squares, pessimist, and your general haters. Thank you, and may you continue to be the beautiful person you are!

    • Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comment! I really appreciate knowing that women like you can read my blog and ‘get’ me. Thanks again!

  7. Hello,

    I just came across your sewing blog. Can you please contact me regarding a project? My contact info should be in your system since I am posting. Thank you much. Looking forward to your email

  8. hello, cidell. i love that you take the time to share your passions with us. such a joy to read. congratulations! i recently purchased a singer 237, so i’ll be diving back into the sewing pool when my craft room is more organized…or less. thank you!

  9. Love the sailor pants, and your attitude. You are so creative. Thanks for sharing.
    Aloha from Josie

  10. Hey Renee!

    My name is Madison Shiflet and I am contacting you on behalf of Shabby Apple. Shabby Apple is a boutique with vintage-inspired, modest, and adorable clothes. I was just spending some time on your website and after enjoying seeing how cute and creative you are, I just knew I had to contact you. I would love if we could set up a free Shabby Apple gift card giveaway for your readers. If you are interested in setting one up, simply contact me at the e-mail address listed below and we can get things started. I hope to hear back from you soon!

    Thank You for giving me your time,

    Madison Shiflet
    Shabby Apple

  11. Hi, Renee,

    You are adorable. I have been sewing for many years and I must say I still consider myself to be advanced intermediate, we are always learning. You are impressive in the way you dive into things that you know you want. You are very driven. You are down to earth. You make even the disappointments serve as learning tools. I will continue to read your blog as you inspire me. You have a gift in your fabric to pattern coordination. that is half of it, don’t you think? Not everyone has that!! I’m off to Joanne’s to take advantage of a pattern sale today, then I am coming home and working on a Vogue OOP top I have been working on. Hope you have a wonderful day, even more wonderful life!!
    Loretta Somerville in Pittsburgh

  12. I have a beautiful HELEN ROSE beaded evening gown that belonged to my grandmother. I don’t know what to do with it! I’d love to see it go to a person who’d love it the way she did!
    I could send a photo!
    Also, I have a RED featherweight I’d love to gift you. I will happily send a photo of that too!
    I am moving after 17 years and need to unload! I’d rather the machine go to a featherweight lover than the Thrift store!
    You can google me and see I’m real! Love your blog and your passion!

  13. Dear Cidell,
    I have been a longtime follower of your blog and a fellow seamstress/ home sewer. I live in Baltimore too, and I think we are in the same neighborhood. My friend Stephanie (whom you’ve met before) and I are going tomorrow evening (March 1) to the opening of the new Baltimore Threadquarters which is near Patterson Park. I’m driving and you’re welcome to come with us if you like and if you get this message in time. I look forward to meeting you either tomorrow or in the future.


    • I had no idea this was coming! I will actually be in Greektown this evening and will try and check it out. Thanks for the heads up!

      Sent from my iPad

  14. Hi Cidell. I found your blog while looking for an image of Miss Celie for my own blog, and I actually work with one of your favorite redheads. Do you sew-for-hire?

  15. I discovered your trenabdc podcasts with The Slapdash Sewist on iTunes, but am super dismayed that the last one was recorded in June 2011. Any chance you recorded more, perhaps under a different title? I have enjoyed listening to 2 intelligent, career-oriented women talking about sewing, style and travel.

  16. I just listened to your podcast with Trena in which you talked about having to move your sewing room and looking for a house. I can SO identify, as I was almost in tears when I had to take apart my sewing room for new flooring. It takes so long to get things organized again and you can’t get much/any sewing done. Don’t worry, you certainly aren’t alone with your concern about your sewing room. I saw a FB posting recently that “pointed out” that Sewing is not a hobby, it’s a Lifestyle! Enjoy your lifestyle.

  17. Miss Celie’s Pants!

    I have to know about that wicked back pocket you put on your cycling dresses. Seriously!!

    I have a bit of an obsession with pockets. I actually drafted my favourite in(side)seam pocket pattern onto a spare piece of paper that I pinned to my dressmaking dummy. I add them to EVERYTHING. Preferably in strange and unexpected colours (like cowboy-print pockets inside a metallic gold Elisalex).

    But it never occurred to me to add a mid-back pocket in the waist seam. I’m a little enchanted. How deep do you find works best? Tips on the zip? Any other fantastic ideas for secret pockets?

    As a pockety-aside, vogue’s V1247 does a skirt that is a bit stylin’, with unusual pockets that are surprisingly functional.

    • It was so easy it’s embarrassing. Since it was an open seam. I just interfaced the opening and inserted an invisible zip. Nothing special. I will say though, that the Bernina zipper foot does a really great job of making an invisible zipper go in perfectly.

      On Sat, Nov 1, 2014 at 9:22 AM, Miss Celie's Pants wrote:


  18. My story begins with visits to Mr Guss’s with my mother at age 6. She had studied with a Czech designer and was an innovative designer and accomplished seamstress herself. (Only Vogue patterns). A collection of beautiful remnants was part of her legacy to me. I’ve whittled them down over the years, but will never use them all and need to find a designer/seamstress/fabric lover to give them to. Silk brocades from Tioga in York, PA, woolens, other lovelies. Can anyone suggest a costume designer perhaps who’d like to have them?

  19. Thank you for the information about the Bunka Fashion Series, I have ordered all 5 books from Amazon. I got them to learn *How* to sew. I hope that is what these books will do. Again, thanks. I would have left a post on that blog but the comments are closed.

  20. Hi, if you are ever interested in getting rid of your Gingher Manufacturing metal coat rack, please let me know. My husband owns the warehouse that Gingher Manufacturing was in, and I would love to give him a piece of history to put back into the warehouse. Thank you so much! Connie

  21. Where Is your Store, you have no contact Info. No Phone Number, No Address. Were are you Located??

  22. Love watching your journey .. sewing and knitting.
    You looked smashing in your dress, fur-collared coat and fur hat ..
    and the lashes .. oh my. So glam.

    I don’t see any place in your new site for comments or see any
    comments, which your old site always had and showed.

    is that option gone and all comments are by email which are unviewable?

    All the best in the New Year!


  23. I love the sock knitting. I use my machine to knit socks all the time. I can strongly recommend you try Catherine Goodwin’s book Sock Options for Machine Knitters. She has loads of different heel options and I really love the machine knit round heel. Your scarves look amazing. I’m going to have a go at knitting one for my wife and mum.
    Cheers from Australia

  24. Hi, I’m so sorry to bother you, I saw you had the book Custom Making Neckties at Home from DPC, I was trying to buy it but he’s not responding, can I buy it from you? Thank you so much.

    • It was a download and not a book. I’m sorry, I no longer have the file. Just a copy and I’m not comfortable sharing it. He may have changed emails since that was a long ago blog site he’d set up.

      On Wed, Apr 3, 2019, 11:39 AM Miss Celie's Pants wrote:


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