Plantains

I finally got around to printing out this pattern and sewing up some basics!For those who do not immediately recognise the pattern it is the free Plantain tee from Deer and Doe.I have been collecting and squirreling some nice jerseys away for a wh…

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It’s a wrap (dress)… Butterick 6054

I’ve finally made a knit dress! Butterick 6054 Continue reading

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Amanda vs The Bellatrix Blazer

I have avoided the blazer trend like a plague for a few years now. My wardrobe has more bomber jackets, pea coats and cardigans than you can poke a stick at. But blazers? Bah! They are for the cool kids or the peeps doing business- not for this museum nerd! But when you’re facing a deadline […]

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winter kcw :: nature walk pullover

Well, I sewed one thing for this round of KCW. It felt like a major accomplishment! I must be getting lazy in my old age. Here it is, a new-to-me pattern, the Oliver + S Nature Walk Pullover. I never really gave this pattern much consideration, but over the summer I fell in love with […]

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Black and Red Swirl Knit Dress!

Hello! This dress pattern McCall’s 6700 has been on my mind a lot lately. I have used this pattern before for a summer dress, but you can’t really wear it any other time because of the fabric’s bold print. You can see it HERE. The thing that I love about this dress pattern is the elastic…

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What good fabric means

I have something to share.I was trying to explain to my husband how it feels to want to sew but not have good fabric nearby.Since he is an obsessional cook (if you are having trouble putting on that last ten pounds you just drop by) I just said to him …

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White out

Other women who grew up on the Canadian prairies can back me up here on what I am about to write about now.Out west, where I was born, cabin fever is real. I grew up with the stories. Of war brides who found themselves deposited in, say February, …

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Underlings and Secret Things

We had our first proper snow of the winter, and the farm road is still a mess of snow and ice, even though there is no weather left in the city.At the same time, we had a series of unfortunate events:  a leaking kitchen skylight, a blown-open bath…

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Free Valentine’s ideas around the web!

I hope you’ve been enjoying our Valentine’s posts! Today I thought I’d tour the web, and find even more inspiring Valentine ideas for you! This Heart Wrist Pin Cushion on Messyla is so lovely, isn’t it? I spy our beautiful DMC Goa Tricot Yarn in Peach in this wonderful crochet tutorial. How handy is it to […]

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Free Valentine’s ideas around the web!

I hope you’ve been enjoying our Valentine’s posts! Today I thought I’d tour the web, and find even more inspiring Valentine ideas for you! This Heart Wrist Pin Cushion on Messyla is so lovely, isn’t it? I spy our beautiful DMC Goa Tricot Yarn in Peach in this wonderful crochet tutorial. How handy is it to […]

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Wardrobe Architect 2015 – January

Hello everyone! Since I didn’t participated in last year’s Wardrobe Architect, I was super excited when Kristen from Colette announced this year’s challenge. If you don’t know what the Wardrobe Architect is, it’s basically a challenge to help you build…

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reversible rayon roller skate dress for oliver + s

hey guys!  i have been sewing along a little with kids clothes week this week but not as much as usual – largely because i was working on a tutorial for Oliver + S (and tutorials take me foooorrrreeeeeveerrrrrrrrr)! would you like to learn how to make the Roller Skate Dress (one of my favorite […]

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Inspiring Items No. 1

Helloooo, Friday. My, you are looking good to me right about now. How was everyone’s week? Mine felt extra long for some reason but Friday is here and the sun is shining. The literal light at the end of the tunnel, as it were. Do you remember when I would post my Weekend Plans photos […]

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Your makes

Let’s take a look at the last projects you made with the new pauline alice patterns. You can clic on the links below the pictures to read the seamstresses full posts.

QUART COATS (your versions)

ELIANA DRESSES (testers’ versions)
ELIANA DRESSES (your versions)

Have a wonderful week-end!

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Hoy quiero enseñaros los proyectos hechos con los nuevos patrones pauline alice. Podéis acceder a los posts de las costureras haciendo clic en los enlaces debajo de las fotos.

ABRIGOS QUART (vuestras versiones)

VESTIDOS ELIANA (versiones de las testers)

VESTIDOS ELIANA (vuestras versiones)

¡Os deseo un buen fin de semana!

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Les premières versions des nouveaux patrons pauline alice commencent à faire leurs apparitions et je suis ravie chaque fois que j’en vois une nouvelle. Voici un petit tour d’horizon (cliquez sur les liens sous les images pour lire les posts des couturières).

MANTEAUX QUART (vos versions)

ROBES ELIANA (versions des testeuses)

ROBES ELIANA (vos versions)

Je vous souhaite de passer un très bon week-end! Et pour les chanceuses qui assisteront au salon Aiguilles en fêtes la semaine prochaine, je vous retrouve le samedi sur le satnd de Lil Weasel. Venez me faire un petit coucou, ça me fera tellement plaisir!

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Happy 2015, and some news

The first week of February is a bit late to wish you a happy new year, but because this is the first post since 2014, I want to tell you that I hope 2015 will be a great year for you all, and filled with sewing projects  It’s also the perfect chance to give you some […]

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Indie4Less: Carolyn Pajamas by Closet Case Files

You knew this post was going to happen. Yeah, we were [insert adjective here], too, that PJs were the newest pattern from Closet Case Files. The claims of slimmer fit were investigated by your diligent SSSF editors, and the ease was noted as follows: bust: 6″ (umm, ok) waist: 10.5″ (head scratch?) hip – top: 5.5″ […]

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Work at home mom

“Mom.” I’m still not used to that title. I reopened my shop a several weeks ago and things have been pretty steady! It’s been interesting, adjusting to being both a mom and a business owner. It’s definitely do-able but takes a total overhaul in yo…

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The Beginnings of a Bra

Have you looked inside a bra lately? Like, properly looked?

Not in a rude way, I mean, have you looked at how it’s constructed? I’ve been doing a lot of that recently, as I’m taking a bra-making course this term at Morley College. The course fo…

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Mistakes, and Blog Around the World Hop

I was invited by Melissa of Melly Sews to participate in a Blog Around the World Hop.  It’s basically an ongoing link to all kinds of fun and different bloggers, from all over the world.  The idea is that you read about who invited me, I tell a bit about my creative process, and then I pass you along to the people I invited, who will share about themselves and the people they invited next week

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Contest

I voted in the Bargainista Fashionista Contest 2015! Not asking to vote for me, but have a look at all the wonderful entries and if you are a member of Pattern Review, you can vote for the 5 entries you like best. ———————————- …

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COUTUREGRAM: 1973 Dior Couture Evening Dress

After a two-month radio silence, getting hands eyes on a couture gown is almost all I needed to get my blogging mojo back. Add a new blog friend and a mischievous boy kitty to the mix, and I am back on track. 

As usual for the COUTUREGRAM series, I will keep my comments to a minimum, but please keep yours flowing. Here is what we are looking at and learning from today:
"Bubblegum pink silk &

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Finlayson #2, Completed

This sweater’s ready to take on a Maine winter….. And quite stylishly IMO. Kudos to Thread Theory for this design. I can’t think of any guy who wouldn’t love this sweater.

 

 

 

I made a few little changes this time around. I added a horn toggle and loop closure which adds a bit of extra interest to the collar. (Toggle from C & C Button). I also eliminated the cuffs and the waistband, primarily due to the bulk of the materials chosen.

 

 

 

Just to recap, the sweater knit is wool / mohair from Metro Textiles in NYC. Thank you, Mr. Kashi! I came so close to completely overlooking it. It’s underlined with a wool jersey knit from NY Elegant Fabrics. This is, without a doubt, the most luxurious sweater I’ve ever worn. I’m wearing it with a tartan tuxedo shirt that I made several years ago. It’s like they were made for each other. It’s also a good reminder that I need to make more red clothes.

 

 

 

This is the end of winter sewing for me. Like many of you, I’m thinking spring.

 

My next project promises to be lots of fun, and involves absolutely NO olive green! What it does involve is an amazing gift from one of my readers. You won’t believe!

 

Happy sewing to all!

 

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Miss Clara Predicts an Early Spring: McCall’s 6696

Hello, lovelies! Perhaps you thought that, with the end of 1000 Shirtdresses, I would be finished with McCall’s 6696. However, spring looms in Texas. That means the lighter, brighter fabrics in my stash are demanding buttons and collars of their own. W…

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Friday Fancies

Hello!  Happy Friday. It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post, mainly because it’s been a while since I’ve actually sewn anything.  Since Christmas I think I’ve only made 2 garments… both in knit fabric and one made at my sewing gr…

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My New Job [and a free pattern!]

So about a month ago, I started a new job. I’m working for the Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff sewing machine brands in their Education department, doing a mix of some social media, online content creation, and downloadable project management. It’s pretty c…

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My New Job [and a free pattern!]

So about a month ago, I started a new job. I’m working for the Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff sewing machine brands in their Education department, doing a mix of some social media, online content creation, and downloadable project management. It’s pretty c…

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Hobbit-y Pyrography

These days, SHB is sleeping somewhat better in the evenings, meaning I can be fairly sure of having an hour or so to myself after dinner. I was so excited at first (a whole hour! I can do ALL the things!), but I quickly learned that after working part …

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DIY Wrapped Love Hearts

There is a new trend in heart making for Valentine’s Day. With just DMC embroidery floss, wire and glue, you can make trendy industrial wrapped love hearts. Turn them into a piece of wall art to jazz up your space. String them as a banner or decorate your Valentine’s Day table with some.   These […]

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Love Sewing Magazine: Issue 9

Love Sewing is a fairly new sewing magazine that was launched in the UK last year. You can buy copies of several issues here – their international postage is pretty reasonable too. I have worked with them on a few issues … Continue reading

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Jungle January SWAP!

This year, as part of Jungle January, Anne was gracious enough to also host a SWAP for the participants. I was partnered with Ginny of Ginpins. I really enjoyed corresponding with her and getting a package of goodies together to send off. When my packa…

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