• Mirandomness,  Sewing

    I’m Taking a Sewbatical

    I started sewing again in earnest in July, having been in a sewing funk for just shy of a year.  It was not a good funk, like a George Clinton or James Brown sort of funk.  It happens from time to time.  I had a disaster involving some Colette Hawthorn shirt dresses.  I hung them up in the closet and said, “screw this; I’m taking a break.”    The miasma of failure, coupled with constant travel, made me disinclined to want to make anything at all.  Like I said, it was a funk.  I didn’t make anything new for myself until recently.  When I finally did, it felt pretty great.…

  • Cooking with Miranda,  Geekery,  Mirandomness,  Sewing,  Vintage Style

    Whiskers on Kittens! It’s a New Series!

    I appreciate a well executed product review.  It’s how I have found items that I continue to use to this day.  Tattoo eyeliner by Kat Von D, Ruby Woo Lipstick, the Clover Quick Turner, Colette Patterns are all things I have discovered through online product reviews.  I like sharing the love for products that I adore and that have made my life easier.  Since this site is a pretty diverse collection of the stuff that makes Miranda-Mirandom, I have decided to stick to a format of five specific categories:  Beauty/Fashion, Sewing, Food/Cooking, Media, and Technology/Geekery or “What am I Wearing?”, “What am I Making?,”  “What’s Cooking?”, “What am I Listening…

  • Sewing

    Strap in Everyone, It’s a Tutorial!

    I hate turning narrow straps inside out.  My hands cramp, I get cranky, and I yell at inanimate objects, which worries the Fella.  How can an industrious seamstress finish projects, while preserving sanity and domestic tranquility? With a rotatory cutter, ruler, and a bias-tape maker, naturally!  I knew that I wanted a half inch strap for this dress.  So I started by cutting two, 2 inch wide strap pieces.  They are cut on the grain of the fabric, so they are not stretchy.  I have very little shoulder to speak of, so stretchy straps would be a disaster. I popped the 1″ bias tape attachment into my Simplicity automatic bias…