Scrapbook Sunday: April Messy Box

Hi there! It’s Laura here, and I’m back to share my scrapbook layouts using the April Messy Box….

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Flint Pants, Megan Nielson – in tencel denim

Megan Nielson Flint Pants – when you just can’t decide where to cut them off! Continue reading

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Euphemia Gertrude Thomas V9127

Happy weekend everyone. I’m laid in bed feeling sorry for myself as I write this. I have a cold with a painful cough and am distracting myself with blog reading and Web surfing! So I thought I’d write a post about the Dress Like Your Grandma challenge hosted by Tanya of blog Mrs Hughes than ran this […]

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Amanda vs Simplicity 2648

For a lady who has been sewing for five years I really don’t have much in the way of party dresses. In fact, in the lead up to Frocktails the only party options I had was my Tiki dress or my tulle skirt. Pretty rad stuff but those wardrobe stats aren’t great. So I did […]

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No… Disciplining Your Kids Isn’t Fun

No... disciplining your kids isn't funI refer to it as the “pop heard round the world.”    At least, that’s how it’s felt to me all these years.  And nearly 5 years later, that pop I gave to my daughter’s tush, still wet from the bathtub, echoes in my ears…as an ugly reminder of just one of the many lessons I’ve…

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The Embroidery Rules Have Been Rewritten

For years, I’ve been making embroidered gifts for two special men in my life. I don’t want to ‘throw anyone under the bus’ so let’s just call them – the boys. The boys are always grateful and charming when accepting these items from the work of my hands.  It’s a lovely moment. I’m touched by […] Read more…

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Take A Peek/A Vintage Garment That Is Beautifully Made

A number of years ago, I found a wonderful vintage evening suit that transcends time. The dress is simple in design, but made of the most beautiful fabric. It includes a jacket, perfect for chilly evenings. And even better, it has hidden pockets.F…

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Cupcake Liner Daffodil Art

Looking for an easy and colorful spring craft for kids? We’ve got you covered! This Cupcake Liner Daffodil Art is simple, adorable, and fun for kids of all ages. It’s especially great for preschool aged children. Best of all, it requires minimal supplies and adult help. Cupcake Liner Daffodil Art Daffodils are the first spring…

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How to Dye Speckled Yarn

I remember the first time I saw River Silk’s ribbons that were speckled like bird’s eggs — they were so lovely! Acting similarly to overdyes when stitched, the advantage of speckled threads is that there are only little bits of color. While there are very few threads you can buy that are this way, it […]

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Ideas for Storing Needlework Tools

I have rarely found a needleworker who exclusively did one type of needlework. Sure they may stick pretty closely to one, but usually they do others. The bad thing is that each of them has unique tools. Trying to store everything together can make it hard to find things and can increase the mess and […]

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UNOde50 in San Francisco

 Good morning and happy weekend!! Excited to be sharing news about UNOde50, a Madrid-born handcrafted jewelry brand: they’ve opened their first SF store at Westfield San Francisco Centre! Exclusivity is their philosophy (hence the name UNOde50, or “one of fifty”), and they started out with the concept of creating only 50 one-of-a-kind units of each […]

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How to sew seams // A Flint pants tutorial

I love it when we get to this stage, as the pants are really starting to look like pants! Today we are going to be sewing the seams of your Flint pants or shorts, and it’s super easy my dears! Lets get started! Place the Back [2] pieces right sides together. Sew 5/8” (1.5cm) from […]

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10 Things You Need to Know About Sewing Machine Bobbins

Sewing machine bobbin questions are a regular topic around our sewing machine store. Here are the most common questions and answers. 1. How many bobbins do I need? You always need MORE sewing machine bobbins. How many bobbins do you really need? We took a survey at a recent Club in our store and the average […]

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Metropolitan Urban Gypsy Dress

The Twins are really into the cold shoulder look.Elsa wanted a slinky dress for dressing up and down.She decided on the Hot Patterns Urban Gypsy blouseOriginally we looked at a Style Arc dress. It was beautiful but Elsa’s measurement put…

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Grey Merino Longley Cardigan

Long time readers of my blog may remember that I had three pieces of delicious merino wool from The Fabric Store last year that I spent an absolute age deliberating over what to make with. The green mid-weight knit I turned into a Neenah Dress and the …

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Summer Simplicity

The Simplicity Summer catalog has been released, and they even managed to get their website updated in time!  That has not happened since the website revamp, so perhaps things are going to improve as far as that goes . . .  


With no new vintage to gush over, my favorite design by far is the American Duchess version of that famous red Outlander gown (Simplicity has recolored the dress to be a greenish teal for the website, so not sure what that is about?).  With the panniers, this dress is very unsuitable for my daily life, but it is really gorgeous.  Swanning about in over 8 yards of fabric sounds pretty darn fabulous, actually.  Just not sure that I would be able to squeeze into my car – otherwise it would certainly be fun to show up wearing something like this to work!  I haven’t dressed up for Halloween for a few years now . . . maybe that will have to change . . .


The Cynthia Rowley top/dress is cute, but I already have a ton of her patterns, and rarely make them up.  And I am not so sure that skinny off-the-shoulder elasticized piece looks especially comfortable, so I am going to have to think about this one.


While I have not seen the new Beauty and the Beast movie, I was very disappointed by stills of the yellow gown, especially the bodice treatment.  But looking at the line drawing for Simplicity’s version, I actually like the flounces on the skirt back very much.


They also have the cartoon version of the yellow gown, made up in a particularly horrible polyester satin.  My skin is getting itchy just looking at that thing.  The model does not look terribly pleased, either.  Someone please destroy all of the Casa Collection satin and embellished organza – the world would be a much better place for it!


Simplicity is also jumping on the pattern hacking bandwagon.  Is this not what everyone already does with a pattern?  I suppose it could be helpful to a beginner who might not otherwise understand just how easy it is to add a ruffle or shorten a hem or scoop out a neckline.  Do you think they include instructions on how to properly draft those changes?  I may take a peek at the insert on this pattern next time I stop by the big box fabric store.  (I have to admit that when I first started using dress patterns, I thought that the instructions should be followed verbatim, so they may be onto something!)


I guess that means there is only one pattern that will definitely be coming home with me this season, but it’s a good one!  Now if only 8 yards of glorious silk would suddenly appear in my apartment I could get started . . .

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Working with Brands – A Collectively Review

Today, I’m going to stray a bit from my usual MO. Normally, I talk DIY’s and free printables, but today I’m going to pull back the curtain and talk a little bit about the business side of blogging. In March, I hit my seven year blogging anniversary. The first two to three years were hobby years for me. Making it a business wasn’t even on my radar back then. My story probably sounds

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Crochet + Leather Bow Tie Tutorial

I love a good bow tie. Which is probably pretty obvious, considering I have no less than six posts related to them, not including this one. Ha! This one is my favorite one. I also have always loved this crocheted bow tie I made in the early days of this ole blog. Since it’s been about six years since I last shared it, I figured it was time for an updated

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Sewing as a character building exercise

Today my friend Trudy and I had one of our all to infrequent sewing days together.Trudy made a great knit top and then we both moved on to projects that were unfamiliar to a pair of garment sewers like ourselves. I worked on bags, which meant unfamilia…

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Miss Fisher DIY Sewing Guide: The dresses!

EN Summary: In this article you’ll find a compilation of sewing patterns for dresses, which I believe are compatible with Miss Fisher’s era and style. Some of the patterns are based on real vintage garments, other’s are just modern adaptations or contain details that I find suitable for recreating some of Miss Fisher’s iconic frocks! Keep reading the full article!
PT Sumário: Este artigo contém uma compilação de moldes de costura para vestidos, moldes esses que acredito serem compatíveis com a era e o estilo da Miss Fisher. Alguns destes moldes são baseados em peças autênticas dos anos 20, outros são adaptações modernas ou contém algum ou alguns elementos que creio serem úteis para recriar os vestidos que a Miss Fisher usa. Continuem a ler o artigo completo!

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Luxardo Cherry Truffles

Imagine two scenarios with me for a second. First, you have friends over for dinner. You do want…

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Our Weekly Newsletter

Parapluie Garden Snails – pattern available from Pen & Paper We wrapped up our Parapluiephoto/video shoot and can’t wait to share all the pretty makes! And because it wouldn’t be Paris in the rain without some snails, here’s a peek at some of our paper piecing handiwork – just wait…

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Free Embroidery Design – Flamingo

Free Embroidery Design – Flamingo

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

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McCalls 7538 knit top with diagonal seaming

When I buy new patterns for knit tops or t-shirts the number one criterion for the purchase is that the pattern has to have something distinctive. It needs some detail that makes me want to sew it and wear it. A plain tee is just not going to catch my …

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Brooklyn Tweed Bronwyn Pullover!

Hello, friends! Here I am, at the advent of spring, with a worsted-weight wool sweater, just in time to pack it away until October! What can I say? I’ve never been good at seasonally-appropriate crafting! 😀 The Details Pattern: Bronwyn, by Melissa Wehrle, for Brooklyn Tweed (here it is on Ravelry) Yarn: Shelter in Truffle […]

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Brooklyn Tweed Bronwyn Pullover!

Hello, friends! Here I am, at the advent of spring, with a worsted-weight wool sweater, just in time to pack it away until October! What can I say? I’ve never been good at seasonally-appropriate crafting! 😀 The Details Pattern: Bronwyn, by Melissa Wehrle, for Brooklyn Tweed (here it is on Ravelry) Yarn: Shelter in Truffle […]

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Birthday Cowgirl

It’s my birthday! And what a proper day to share what I did to celebrate my birthday! So even though my birthday is today, Dapper Day is this weekend, and I knew most of my friends would be attending that, I also wanted to do a get-together at Knott’s Berry Farm, which is exactly what […]

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weekend links

Liesl is here, because it’s Friday once again, with her Weekend Links post.

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Free Quilting Pattern – GO! Qube 6″ Electric Parade

Free Quilting Pattern – GO! Qube 6″ Electric Parade

Celebrate color! A range of shapes allows you to whittle down your scrap pile and load this Electric Parade Quilt with color. The finished size is 50″ x 63-1/2″. Download Now

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Free Project – Bunny Ear Headband

Free Project – Bunny Ear Headband

Forget that hat.  Create a cute headband. Download Now

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