Archive: Dec 2017

Salt cured egg yolks

I had the pleasure of living in Italy for a couple of years, which means only one thing……The best Italian food on the planet.  Not only do Italians possess great style, and the ability to craft… View Post

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My Work/Life Balance and Launching my Business

I’ve been fortunate to appear on some excellent podcasts this fall and just realized over the weekend that I never shared them with you all! Back in October I talked to Elise of Elise Gets Crafty and the Get to Work Book about launching my small craft based business. It’s pretty funny to think back […]

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Monday Morning Inspiration/Sadu Fabrics Inspire Beautiful Garments

Good Morning!It’s that time of year when we all get a little crazy. I am doing my utmost best to keep my days as stress free as possible. A little decorating later today. I have orders for the pickles that I make, so that’s on the to do list, but…I p…

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Catching Up and Moving Forward

Yep, almost another two months have passed since I last posted here.  I don’t know how some people manage to post every week, or more than once a week.  In truth there’s not been that much in the way of dressmaking type sewing going on to tel…

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introducing lisette for butterick B6526

We’re happy to introduce our newest Lisette pattern, B6526 for Butterick. This knit top and fitted pants style is great for work or leisure.

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Happy Monday + BIG Holiday Giveaway!!

Happy Monday, my friends! I’m so excited — Sasquatch Books/Little Bigfoot contacted me last week to see if I would be interested in hosting a holiday giveaway, and I jumped at the chance. ‘Tis the season for giving! Sasquatch Books has generously offered 20 copies to give away in celebration of the festive season: 10 […]

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Cousins

 Good morning and happy Monday! I’d like you to meet someone special today: my gorgeous cousin Han (silly fact: our names are composed of the same three letters, scrambled!). We grew up together in the Bay Area having sleepovers, playing games, Barbie, you name it! And as we got into our teens, in college and […]

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High Contrast

On Thursday, I decided it was necessary to wear this dress one more time before putting it away for a winter nap.It was rather cold, but with a pair of nude fishnets and a warm coat, I made it through.The dress had its debut in September, and I am…

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Sunday Night Reflections

This is a syndicated post. Please visit the original author at Rhonda’s Creative Life

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10 Things I Love Sunday

HEYO!! Since Elsie is on maternity leave this month (yay!), I’m guesting for her on this series to…

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10 Things I Love Sunday

HEYO!! Since Elsie is on maternity leave this month (yay!), I’m guesting for her on this series to…

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Velvet Aldaia Dress

In my head, this photoshoot looked more ‘winter wonderland’ and less ‘construction site’, but anyone who’s lived through building work will know how trashed a garden gets. Nevertheless, the novelty of photographing a festive dress during snowfall was f…

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Sunday’s Soup/Voodoo Hippie Chili

There was an episode of the television show, ‘Friends,’ where Phoebe wanted so badly to be Monica’s maid of honor. But, of course, Rachel thought she should be the maid of honor. Realizing that she had lost the battle, Rachel said, “well, okay, let’s s…

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Self-drafted fitted shirt with modified Medicis collar and placket scalloped detail

EN Summary: Following up on my last post about the DP Studio drafting method applied into shirt-making, I completed my first shirt, starting from the fitted shirt block drafted according to my personal measurements. Keep reading the full article.—PT …

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Sewing PJs for Christmas

A confession – I don’t sew things that often for Christmas.  In fact, it’s really rare for me to give sewn goodies for Christmas!  But this year I thought a change was due.  This was mostly brought on by the purchase (in October!!) of a superking size brushed cotton duvet set from my local Aldi.  … Continue reading “Sewing PJs for Christmas”

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Sewing PJs for Christmas

A confession – I don’t sew things that often for Christmas.  In fact, it’s really rare for me to give sewn goodies for Christmas!  But this year I thought a change was due.  This was mostly brought on by the purchase (in October!!) of a superking size brushed cotton duvet set from my local Aldi.  … Continue reading “Sewing PJs for Christmas”

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Little Black Dress with Lace

This dress has been half made for a very long time.  I made it originally back in July and just now finished. Originally this dress was going to be completely laced out with a stripe of lace down the sleeves.  But I was not really liking the way the lace was reacting with the thick…

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Hawaiian Quilt Update

As you can see I’m almost done with the orchid. I will be home much of the day today because of my DH’s Carols & Lessons up in Calistoga tonight, so I know I will get that part done today. Instead of finishing that last bit of violet, …

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KwikSew 3854 and Jalie 2805 for the WIN!

 Isn’t the sailor short cute? I’ve never sewn anything with this sort of button closure on it. This is one of the patterns I bought for $0.10 at my local fabric store. I made the medium but I could have probably made the small. My hip measurements…

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Chocolate & Books Giveaway (5 Winners!)

If you are anything like me then you probably got really excited reading this post title. Chocolate?! Books?!…

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Laugh of the day

Hi folks.My daughter just called me in hysterics.If you google this blog it comes up as lessons from a serial sewing sexist.My original tag line, and the one from my book, was a serial sewist.Since this is not a common word, but one the publisher felt …

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rugelachs & pencil holders

Yesterday’s (Day 9) in our advent calendar was baking (strawberry jam) rugalachs ! Yum ! We had half of them …

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paper crafts

Sorry for being a bit late at journaling what was done during our Advent Calendar ! Life happens, right !On T…

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The Confessions of A Fabricaholic

If you’ve been reading along for any length of time, you know that I LOVE fabric.  To some it’s an aspirational goal, to others I’m obviously using my funds wrong and to some people it’s a headscratcher. Then to those who love fabric as much as I …

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Two-Color Homestretch Hat

It truly is time for a Homestretch Hat, but this hat is not only a…

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Leni and Besharl

Those of you who read my blog regularly know that I am a sucker for Style Arc pants – especially (probably only) those with an elasticised waist.  I’ve already sewed the Style Arc Besharl jacket (the Besharl top is currently cut out awaiting construction) – here are the Besharl pants! I had a length of… Continue reading Leni and Besharl

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So, I want to do a podcast…

… and who doesn’t, at this point.  I wanted to do this a few years ago and even bought a bit of equipment that could double for photography and video use.  But, I didn’t have the time or energy for anything new then.  It also seemed li…

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Faux Suede Fringe Stocking DIY

I’m pretty sure that stockings were actually the very first thing that I learned how to sew with…

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DIY Knit Zipper Dress

When it comes to knits, I’m definitely an oversized sweater kinda girl.  But lately, I’ve been obsessed with sweater dresses and everything ribbed.  So when I was on the hunt for a great quality ribbed… View Post

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Tips for Digitizing for Metallic Thread

It’s sparkle time!  Dealers around the country are watching metallic thread fly off their shelves as embroiderers reach for their favorite holiday thread.  You can add this shiny element to many designs but you should set yourself up for success. Use y…

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