Free Project – Rainy Day Savings

Description Stash away any extra change you might have laying around for a rainy day purchase, like an ice cream cone or a day at the movies. Download Now

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Free Project – Scubbies

Free Project – Scubbies

PATTERN DETAILS Our 3rd issue of Fun with Fiber Magazine ! Del Guzzo Designs, Kuddly Kreations, and lots more of your favorite Fiber Artists inside! January/February 2017 Volume 1, Issue 1 Free patterns inside By designers Michelle Cox & Tammy Del Guzzo Editor: Tammy Del Guzzo Download Now

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Free Sewing Pattern – Bibs in All Sizes

Free Sewing Pattern – Bibs in All Sizes

PATTERN DETAILS This free bib pattern includes sizes for infants, toddlers, big kids and adults, too! All sizes are designed with a wrap-around, snapping neckline to make the bib easy to put on and take off. Instructions are included for upcycling old button-down shirts to make clothing protectors for grown-ups and children with special needs. […]

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Free Project – The Beautiful Unicorn

Free Project – The Beautiful Unicorn

PATTERN DETAILS Fabric: Aida 14, White 140w X 173h Stitches Size: 14 Count, 25.40w X 31.39h cm Color: 26 DMC floss It includes 2 PDF files – black and white and color patterns Download Now

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ask me: housekeeping questions

Liesl is back with another Ask Me post today. Have a question you want to ask her? Read through the post to find out how.

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Monday Morning Inspiration/Write On!

I have always loved to write. Now yes, I love to tell a story, but when I say write, I mean actually write on something. When I was just about 5 years old, the writing bug really got a hold of me! And, for some reason, the floor seemed like the perfect…

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Make a Fruit Garland Bird Feeder!

fruit garland string bird feederMy kids love to Make a Fruit Garland Bird Feeder to feed the birds and other wildlife! Most people are familiar with fruit garlands and they are so easy to make. You simply string fruit up on a string and hang it up in a tree. We added popcorn to our fruit string bird feeder…

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Fluidity, Loss, and Needlepoint

I feel like I’m writing too many of these posts, too much of my personal life and too much of my time these past couple of months has been dealing with Other Stuff. It makes it hard to concentrate, hard to get things done, and hard to accomplish things. Yesterday’s blow was that my DH’s […]

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Monday’s Washday: A Visit with Heidi Pridemore

Today we’re excited to welcome designer Heidi Pridemore as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures! Heidi is going to tell us about her whimsical new quilt, Monday’s Washday: Monday’s Washday 43″ x 52″ Designed by Heidi Pridemore Hello fellow quilters, … Continue reading

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Springy Pom Sandal

I’m a gal who tends to gravitate towards kitschy styles and decor. I adore whimsy and quirkiness, so…

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Anzac Biscuit Recipe for Anzac Day

Anzac Day is a day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand. These biscuits are a tradition in both countries and any variation from the set ingredients is a sin. However, we are doing a gluten-free week here for a…
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Fusions by Art Gallery Fabrics // Boho Stacked Quilt

Hi friends, I am excited to share with you my most recent finish – the Boho Stacked Quilt! My friend Mathew – or as some of you know him Mister Domestic – asked if I would like to join in […]

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Curvy Confidence Interviews: Jennifer W

I’m so excited to have Jennifer here today for our Curvy Confidence Interviews. Jennifer became a great “internet friend” through her hilarious reviews for the Curvy Sewing Collective, but even better, became an “in real life” friend too! I was fascinated to hear her story – so much resonates with me, and I’m sure with many {…Continue Reading}

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Our Lark Variation Packs are Here!

We have an exciting variation pack that is perfect for you beginning sewers out there. With the Lark Tee pattern you can make a crew neck, scoop neck and v- neck tee shirt. For sleeves you can choose a cap … Continue reading

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Striped

 In my Monday blues (navy and striped, to be precise) and throwing my favorite consignment find over my shoulders: this fuzzy camel Marni jacket. Hope you had a wonderful weekend! *** Blouse – Ann Taylor (sold out but a few more tie-sleeve and knot detail tops I love for under $40 with 40% off: here, […]

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Sloper Series – How to Start

Ever look at a pattern and think, “I wish that came in my size!”? Or maybe you’ve made several muslins of a pattern only to find it still doesn’t work for your body? Want to design your own patterns? These are all situations where using a sloper could be the answer to achieving a better fit with less frustration! Today,…

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Embroidery Hoop Pin Cushion

With all three of my children taking up embroidery, I am starting to have quite the collection of embroidery hoops. Did you know you can usually find embroidery hoops at your local thrift store for super cheap? I will find boxes of these hoops selling for as little as a quarter per hoop, which is […]

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INDIESEW SPRING / SUMMER BLOG TOUR

I can’t think of any better excuse than to dust off the blogwebs on this fine autumnal day to join in the Indiesew Spring / Summer collection blog tour. I’m sharing my newly beloved Ogden Cami by True Bias. And she’s a good un’. I’ve been thinking a lot of lately about what a truly awesome time in history […]

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The Difference Between Poplin Cotton And Lawn Cotton

Left: Poplin Cotton, Right: Lawn Cotton If you’re anything like me, you’ll often struggle to discern between poplin and lawn cotton. I believe people often buy poplin, believing it’s lawn cotton. But there are some distinct differences that can make all … Continue reading

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DIY McCalls 7580 with video tutorial

DIY McCalls 7580 with video tutorial

With the season finally starting to change, I’ve been in search of more transitional fabric.  Fabric that’s not too warm but still reminds me of spring.  Lucky for me I happened upon my new warmer… View Post

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Sunday Night Reflections

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Draping and Patternmaking Class Updates

I think you know that this semester I’ve been taking two classes at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT):  Draping IV (I skipped III but will probably take it the next time it’s offered) and menswear patternmaking.The draping class is very loose,…

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How to Make a Tutu: Newest One Minute Video

 Ok now really, is there anyone out there who can resist a cute little baby in a tutu? Check out my newest one minute eHow video for all of your little “squishies” out there. If you’d like to make a … Continue reading

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THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF SLOW SEWING!

After too many years to count of speedy sewing, trying to get things done quickly, I have become enamored of slow sewing. Why? For one thing, I don’t really need many clothes…I have so much and lead a fairly quiet life (Clothes-wise). For a…

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10 years of blogging

This week is my 10th blogversary. I can’t believe it, 10 years! And yet, on April 27, 2007 I posted my first blog post and this skirt was the first project I blogged about:

Now I would say that these are not  my colours, but I loved that skirt and have worn it often.

So many things happen in 10 years, both in sewing and in personal life. I never said much about my personal life on my blog, but as in any life there were ups and downs. Moving house last year certainly feels like a positive change and both DH and I are happy with the place we live now. Our children grew up and from teenagers became young adults that study, work, travel and see more of the world than I did at their age. I’m a proud mother .

I thought it would be nice to make a selection of garments I made in those 10 years but that’s not working. Quite a few photos on the blog have been lost, probably because of Picasa stopped being available. What’s left really is a trip down memory lane for me (garments I didn’t like that much after all, garments that I loved and wore till they fell apart, garments that have special memories), but hey, why should I bother you with that. If you want to, you can still see the old posts, I’ve not removed anything.

If you’ve followed me that long (and I know some of you do, thank you!!) you’ll know I wrote a lot about lingerie sewing in the beginning. That was new, no one was writing about it then. My sewing evolved and I took on more difficult projects, started to draft some of my garments and wrote about that process too.

Apart from the writing itself, starting this blog about sewing 10 years ago and posting reviews on Pattern Review opened a new world for me. Till then sewing was a solitary hobby for me. None of my friends sewed. Through blogging I found new friends who sew and don’t find it strange if I send them a picture of fabric and/or pattern with the question whether it matches, or asking for advice on something sewing related. Some I meet in real life, with others I discuss sewing through e-mails. Some friends I now see regularly and with quite a few we have the annual sewing get-together in Canterbury. Can’t imagine my life without those real-life or distant friends any more. I’m very grateful to have met you all.

The blogging world has changed over the years. I won’t go into that much, others have done that more eloquently than I can. My blogging and sewing has changed too, not with more frequent, sponsored posts, but less posts in more infrequent intervals. Sometimes I can write 3 posts in a week, then disappear again for a few weeks. It’s what it is, there are only 24 hours in a day and so much I want to do. There certainly is also a lot sewing related that I want to do and I will continue writing my irregular posts about it.

Thank you for reading my blog, cheering me by your comments. It’s lovely to be part of the international sewing community. As it’s been a long time I’ve done this, I do a give-away to celebrate my blogversary. I’ll give away a copy of the May issue of Knip mode or BurdaStyle (Dutch editions). Leave a comment on this post, indicating whether you’d like the Knip mode or BurdaStyle. I’ll do a draw next Saturday, April 29). I’ll send it anywhere in the world (it’s just one magazine, but you may choose which one you want).

Knip mode line drawings

BurdaStyle overview

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To conclude: StyleArc Evie top, almost finished. It has a high hem in front, lower in the back. Great style for working in my allotment garden. Certainly a nice style for wearing in general too.

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This Week in Sewing Blogs // vol. 136

Happy Sunday makers! I’ve spent the weekend slowly going through my many closets, sorting everything into sell/donate/keep piles in preparation

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Saldana Dress from Sew Sew Def Magazine

I’m always looking for a new maxidress style because I love them. They are a staple of my spring/summer wardrobe. So I was intrigued by the Saldana Dress in the inaugral issue of the digital sewing magazine Sew Sew Def. Let’s start out by stating…

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Kacy’s Wrap by Silhouette Patterns

First, today, I want to answer a question asked by Suzanne and  Dharma   about how I took away bulk from the front of last week’s cardi. The pattern was Simplicity 2603. If you look here Ladies, it will take you to a picture on my Flicke…

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Kacy’s Wrap by Silhouette Patterns

First, today, I want to answer a question asked by Suzanne and  Dharma   about how I took away bulk from the front of last week’s cardi. The pattern was Simplicity 2603. If you look here Ladies, it will take you to a picture on my Flicke…

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Taco Tater Tot Casserole

One of everybody’s favorite meals is Tater Tot Casserole, but we have a fun Taco twist on it for you to try today! When it comes to easy recipes, this is the best! You can also easily convert this to a slow cooker recipe version! We love Tater Tot Casserole, or as Minnesotan’s call it…

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