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Channel some restless creativity, and make this winter the one you sew yourself a cashmere coat or a short-and-sweet dress to reveal in the spring. Behind the drawn shades at Traverse City’s Fine Fabric and Design is a secret world of designer fabric stocked with textiles that owner Debbie Alton buys at New York design houses like Ellen Tracy, J. Crew, Anne Klein, DKNY and Elie Tahari. Whether you like classic or au courant, you’ll get staff help all the way through the final stitch to make sure you look smashing in your creation. After all, says Alton, the difference between a garment that’s homemade or handmade is, simply, the fit. 511 E. 8th St., Traverse City, 231-933-1521, finefabricstore.com.
Stamp some tracks in the snow alongside other critters’ near this designated National Wild and Scenic River. Jordan Valley Outfitters rents shoes $7 for a half day; $10 for a full day. 311 N. Lake St., East Jordan. Book by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, 231-536-0006, jvoutfitters.com.
Why? ’Cause Duofold’s figure-skimming classic red one-piece thermal underwear enrobes you with cozy cotton and merino wool to wick and keep you warm. ’Cause when you’re toasty inside your own personal tent, you can live it up out there, indefinitely. $39.95. Jay’s Sporting Goods, 150 Dale Dr., Gaylord, 989-705-1339, jayssportinggoods.com.
Learn the passionate turns and embraces of the original, Argentine style of tango at T.C.’s Gallerie Medici. Cindy Carleton gives lessons every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. ($10) and offers dance practice for free every Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. 535 W. Front St., Traverse City, 231-995-3633.