May 28, 2015 |
Tiffany Labhen unfurls a bolt of ivory satin on her work table, carefully smooths the pattern over the fabric, and starts measuring. She's trying to determine how wide she should make her trumpet skirt's seam allowance - an important detail of a well-made garment, because without this extra room, future alterations are all but impossible. "I'm learning everything that goes into an evening gown," said Labhen, a 26-year-old customer-service rep by day and creator of formfitting women's wear line TieNel Fashion by night.
April 25, 2013 |
John J. Orlando, 92, of Broomall, founder and CEO of Arch Sewing Machine Co., a Philadelphia-based supplier of industrial sewing machines to the apparel trade, died Friday, April 19, of natural causes at home. Mr. Orlando, who loved the clothing industry, worked through Thursday. When he failed to show up for work Friday, police went to the house and found him sitting in his favorite chair with his hands folded, as if asleep, said his son Anthony J. "To have our dad working with you every day, it makes you closer than anyone can imagine.
June 15, 2012 |
In the pantheon of holidays, Flag Day doesn't usually register much more than a stitch in the fabric of everyday. No sequined parades or beer-drenched cookouts, no fireworks, no gift-giving, and definitely no day off. But this year, when June 14 rolled around, the "flag ladies" at the Defense Logistics Agency in Northeast Philadelphia found themselves, briefly, the focus of media attention on the one day dedicated to their craft. The public relations department of the agency decided it was time to let the public know that for more than 150 years the nation's official flags have been embroidered, sewn, and befringed right here.
November 14, 2011 |
THE 28 STITCHES over his right eye weren't enough to keep Manny Pacquiao from headlining his own postfight concert, which went on as usual into the early-morning hours on the Las Vegas Strip. He escaped with a win Saturday night against Juan Manuel Marquez , but that only tells part of the story. Seemingly invincible over the past 3 years, he looked anything but in scoring a majority decision over his Mexican nemesis in a win that enraged both Marquez and thousands of his supporters who packed the MGM Grand arena.
October 28, 2011 |
BALTIMORE - Rashida Webb loves shopping for vintage T-shirts at thrift stores, but not all of her finds fit well. Others could use a little extra embellishment. While she has had a tailor alter her vintage clothing, the practice got to be expensive. What to do? The resident of Baltimore's Reservoir Hill enrolled in a sewing class at SJ Fabrics and Sewing Studio in the nearby Midtown-Belvedere neighborhood. "For all the money I pay to get [clothes] altered, I could pay to take a class to do it myself," said the 29-year-old hairstylist, as she prepared to add a lining to a handbag she was making from scratch.
July 17, 2011 |
Baseball fantasy camp? Rock-and- roll camp? Ballroom dance camp? Oh, man up. If you're an adventurous guy looking for a summer camp, you need to check out the Arizona Cowboy College. Cubicle jockeys can learn cowboy skills at one of the weeklong sessions held in September, October, and November ($2,250). The days are packed with riding, roping, horseshoeing, and more riding. Students also learn about ranch operation, cattle breeds, cattle diseases, shipping, pasture rotation, and more.
January 24, 2011 |
WHEN MABEL Rooks Taylor was born, Theodore Roosevelt was president and Wilbur and Orville Wright had just flown that newfangled thing called an airplane seven months before. She died Jan. 15 at the age of 106, one of the city's oldest residents. She was living at Stapeley in Germantown, but had lived in her Germantown home until six months after her 99th birthday. Mabel was born on a 200-acre farm owned by her father, David Rooks, in rural Gates County, N.C. He worked as a blacksmith and raised prized horses and dogs.
September 22, 2010 |
Jayson Werth didn't even look. He knew. He knew because of the way the swing felt, the way it sounded when the 89-m.p.h. fastball struck his bat, the way the sellout crowd at Citizens Bank Park reacted. The bearded rightfielder flipped his bat in the third inning of the Phillies' 5-3 victory over Atlanta on Tuesday night. He trotted up the first-base line and stared into the Phillies' dugout. He pumped his fist. Inside that dugout sat Roy Halladay, who might have noticed Werth's salute.
July 28, 2010
PROJECT RUNWAY. 9 p.m. tomorrow, Lifetime. ON THE ROAD WITH AUSTIN & SANTINO. 10:30 p.m., Lifetime. KRISTIN HASKINS-Simms' road to Lifetime's "Project Runway" has been neither short nor straight. At 38, the Philadelphia designer behind the line Strangefruit ( www.be strangefruit. com), who graduated from Germantown Friends School and the University of Pennsylvania - where she majored in English - isn't one of those newly minted fashion-school grads who've so often intrigued the judges.
May 28, 2010 |
I'M BROAD STREET BULLY, inviting all diehards to keep our Flyers spirit soaring by e-mailing your family stories/photos to: MAN DOLLS IN MALVERN: Inspired by her Flyered-up daughter Quinn, 20, Phoenixville hairstylist Jody Rabenau designed and hand-sewed Flyers jerseys for her 2-foot-high, anatomically correct, Asian ball-jointed dolls, Baz and Sergei. They make their public debut today in the window of Robert Michael's Salon in Malvern, where she works. "I honestly try not to buy into silly superstition," Rabenau said, "but I'm telling you, the Flyers have won more games when I'm sewing doll clothes and watching than when I'm just watching.