Category Archive: Feeds

Fade to Grey

I’ve been making lots of grey items this year, it’s a colour I really like, especially for the winter.  It’s going to be overtaken by blue for the spring and summer soon!  Back in January, or maybe even February, I finally made the Lark Tee.  It had been on the list to make last Spring, … Continue reading “Fade to Grey”

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Kalle Shirt + Dress Sewalong Schedule

Kalle Shirt + Shirtdress pattern sewalong // Closet Case PatternsHey y’all! We have a sewalong planned for our latest pattern, the Kalle Shirt + Shirtdress. There are lots of

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LODO DRESS SEWALONG DAY 2

Welcome back to day 2 of the Lodo Dress Sewalong. I am excited to get sewing. Today we are going to be tackling the back seam, back slit for View A and sewing up the shoulder seams. Super easy. Let’s get started. Step 1 – (This Step is for View A Only. View B starts at Step 3 so go ahead and skip on down to Step 3 if you are sewing the shorter version without a back slit.)  Remember that all seam allowances are 3/8″ unless otherwise stated in the instructions. If you want to finish the seams with a serger you will want to do that now. You can serge each back seam independently before sewing them together. Since knits do not fray this is not necessary. I am going to opt out on serging View A (but will serge View B so that you can see both). You will be sewing this step using a stretch stitch. If your machine has a stretch stitch it will look something like a lightning bolt. No. 9 on my machine. If you don’t have one of those stitches on your machine you can also use a zigzag stitch and just […]

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Variegated Yarns: swatches in knitting, crocheting and weaving

It’s always so mysterious how a pretty little skein will work up, isn’t it? Especially with variegated yarn! I dyed up a little (well, BIG) skein and made swatches in knitting, crocheting and weaving! And they’re SO different! Here’s the skein I dyed (if you want to try it, check my tutorial on how to […]

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Mad for Boysenberry!

For Easter Sunday, Patrick and I returned to Knott’s Berry Farm to enjoy the sights, sounds, and treats of Boysenberry Festival again. I also finally finished my boysenberry parasol! During Boysenberry Festival I had the absolute pleasure of meeting J. Eric Lynxwiler, one of the authors of Knott’s Preserved, an amazing book about the history […]

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Homemade Whole-Grain Protein Pancake Mix

Homemade pancakes are kind of a weekend ritual at our house, especially if we are having a slow…

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Wood Bead Teether DIY

We are squarely out of the baby phase, so I love that my brother isn’t done yet and I can dote on my nieces with cute baby stuff. This wood teether is my new go-to, favorite baby craft. Not only does it turn out simply gorgeous, but it’s really fun and really quick to make. I know you may be wondering about how safely the beads are tied together. I totally

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INDIESEW BLOG TOUR + HIGHLANDS WRAP DRESS

Today I am lucky enough to be part of the Indiesew Spring Summer 2017 Collection blog tour. I eagerly jumped at the chance to sew up the Highlands wrap dress by Allie Olson of Indiesew. Wrap dresses are such a flattering cut on all body types and with it’s long waist ties and high side slits, the Highlands dress feels like a modern take on a classic dress. I knew that I wanted to make this up in black, so I went with my current favorite fabric to sew with – rayon crepe from The Fabric Store online. If you havn’t sewn with rayon crepe before, imagine all of the benefits of a rayon challis – flows nicely, easy to sew, affordable, washable –  but then add in a really nice texture to the fabric that makes it feel a little bit more upscale. It also has a bit more weight to it which is beautiful in maxi length dresses because it adds some extra drama when you walk. I also have this fabric in a maroon that I am planning to make a Ogden dress out of once I can find the time. The dress bodice fit perfect straight […]

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how i plan my core wardrobe: spring transition edition

Liesl is back talking about core wardrobe today. In this post she shows you how she has assembled her spring core wardrobe to give you some insight into the process so you can build your own.

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Paper Plate Giraffe Craft

Paper Plate GiraffePaper plate crafts are easy and fun for kids of all ages. This Easy Paper Plate Giraffe Craft is perfect for kids who are learning about African animals or have just enjoyed a field trip to the zoo. Isn’t it cute? Paper Plate Giraffe Craft Kids love painting paper plates! This easy craft only requires 3…

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Nan’s Afghan Scrap Bag Needlepoint

Many folks who grew up during the Depression and World War II, especially in Europe developed a “Make Do and Mend” mentality. This meant that stuff that was usable or that could be repaired was used or repaired. You didn’t throw things out if you could use them again. From that attitude came many lovely […]

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How to sew a tie side waistband // A Flint pants tutorial

You guys i hate playing favourites – but the tie side waistband is my favourite variation of the Flint pants. So pretty and unique, and surprisingly practical! Sewing this waistband up is really fun as it’s quite different to a normal waistband. I really hope you enjoying this tutorial – click through to learn how […]

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Fascinator and Fashion Show Fun

The Haute Couture Club of Chicago will host its annual fashion show on Sunday, May 7, 2017. It’s always a fun event!What makes the event especially nice is how so many members pitch in to help. I was given a sneak peak of our table decorations, so…

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DIY Wooden Circle Earrings — 2 Ways 

I’ve gotta say, I think the statement earring trend is the best thing to happen to crafters in…

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Chi Town Chinos and Ogden Cami

Hey there and happy Tuesday!  I have been busy sewing away, but have hardly had a minute to pop in over here and blog about my makes.  That will change, I’m hoping, when summer rolls around and things slow down a bit!  But I’m so happy to be sharing my newest make with you today, […]

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Maternity Shorts with Free Pattern

Lace trimmed chambray maternity shorts - free pattern and tutorial from Melly SewsIf there is one thing I’m grateful for from my pregnancies, it’s that I was not hugely pregnant during the summer. Hats off to anyone who was or is going to be! Hopefully the outfit I’m sharing today will help keep you as cool and comfortable as possible if you got a summer due date. So Read the Rest…

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Anza Jumpsuit -Itch to stitch

Last year I made my first jumpsuit, the Eliane from SyleArc and after the blue one I made immediately one more. The love for jumpsuits was born! So now I have a bunch of jumpsuits patterns that I want to make and of course fabrics, I want to us…

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Festival Sewing~Zara

Zara asked me to sew her some overalls to wear to Grooving the Moo She went through my pattern stash and found a pattern.I warned her the legs were super wide but she was adamant that is what she wanted.In the past I have sewn exactly wh…

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Patterns Patterns Patterns

I’ve been cleaning up my pattern shop with new photos over the weekend and reopened the one on Etsy too! Because I plan to start as I mean to go on, I should be releasing more patterns over the coming months, and each one will be discounted on Craftsy for the first week of release. […]

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A ‘Continental’ Bra Making with Madalynne Workshop

Excuse me while I step onto my soapbox… Last Saturday was the 16th Bra Making with Madalynne workshop. Sixteen, woot woot! It was a ‘Continental’ Class with folks traveling from Virginia, Florida, Texas and California to attend. I’m blushing 🙂 Stepping off my soap box now… At the beginning of the day, students are usually quiet.

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Cashmerette Turner dress

One of the dresses I sewed especially to take on our Thailand/Laos trip was a Cashmerette Tuner dress.  Shoulder coverage, knee coverage, so good for temples, yet comfortable in a knit.  That was the plan.  The plan worked! I have had a fair bit of success with the cut of Cashmerette patterns.  I’m not a… Continue reading Cashmerette Turner dress

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Pool Bag Hacks You Have To Try This Summer

Pool Bag Hacks You Have To Try This SummerA good pool bag is a summer necessity. Make sure you are totally prepared for a hot day at the pool with these genius pool bag hacks you have to try this summer! Pool Back Hacks You Have To Try This Summer Never forget the essentials with this pool bag checklist. via Moritz Fine Designs…

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McCalls 7151 – the jumpsuit version

You might remember that I sewed McCalls 7151 in the dress version for Clare and it was an absolute fail.  However, not all was lost, because from that fail I worked out what adjustments the pattern needed to become a success.  Once I’d adjusted the front pattern pieces to raise the neckline, I sewed the… Continue reading McCalls 7151 – the jumpsuit version

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Bellah Top

And now, a little something for me. The Bellah by Prülla The Bellah is a very basic sew, especially for a button-down style top. It has no collar, no cuffs, and no back yoke. However simple it may be, The Bellah does have a few design features that make it special. Specifically, I really like the tucks […]

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LODO DRESS SEWALONG DAY 1

Welcome to the first day of the Lodo Dress Sewalong. The Lodo is a very fast and easy dress to sew up so this sewalong will be much simpler than my others. That being said, I hope that the extra pictures and tips will still help those of you who need a little extra hand holding so that everyone can get the best results possible when sewing a version of their own. Today I will simply be sharing the schedule for the sewalong (below), talking about the best fabrics for this pattern (including some links), and giving a few tips. Expect to spend less than an hour each day this week and you will have a finished Lodo dress of your own by Friday.   Schedule: Here is the schedule for the sewalong. We are really only sewing 3 of the 5 days. As I have mentioned, this is a beginner friendly pattern so I hope the tips and photos that I share this week will make the dress accessible to sewists of all levels. Day 1 / Monday April 24th – Fabrics and Prep Day 2 / Tuesday April 25th – Back, Slit, and Shoulders Day 3 / Wednesday April 26th – […]

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Elsie’s Guest Bathroom Tour (Before + After)

Today I am here to share a before/after tour of our guest bathroom. This room has evolved quite…

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Sewing for a Rainy Day with Parapluie!

Please Enjoy our Sewing Inspiration Video for Parapluie! French for umbrella, Parapluie takes us on a walk through Paris in the rain. From "bicyclettes", to cobblestone streets, famous landmarks, palatial buildings, quaint neighborhoods and even a little escargot, this city is one to be enjoyed "en plein air." Since we…

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Free Embroidery Design – Stuffed Bunny

Free Embroidery Design – Stuffed Bunny

Today’s Free embroidery design from Embroidery Machine Designs Free Today Only Download Now

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Embroidered Dress for Summer

Dress: Mint Julep Boutique (on sale!) | Bag: Mywalit | Shoes: Marc Fisher | Ring: Larimar | Glasse: UO One word: OBSESSED. I am so in love with this dress and know I will be living in it this summer. It would also be the perfect maternity top for all you pregnant mamas as well! This dress […]

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Machines We Have Filmed

A list of the embroidery machines, sewing machines and sergers we have finished filming! Quick links below to our video tutorials, just click on the machine to jump to the page. Join our email list or follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on machines we have finished. Bernina Bernina 770QE Bernina 710 […]

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