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Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern Review

When our good friends over at Simple Simon & Company were looking for makers for their Skirt-A-Thon, you can bet we jumped at the opportunity!  Who wouldn’t want a simple knit pencil skirt or two in their wardrobe? The Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern by Simple Simon & Co. is the perfect pencil skirt pattern […]

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Key Largo Top in 3 Different Substrates!

Today I’m over at Hey June Handmade sharing a tutorial on how to add ruffle sleeves to the Key Largo Top.  I’m totally honored to be there, and ruffle sleeves are so big right now (sorry, bad pun!) that you really will want to add them to all your tops! In creating the tutorial, and […]

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Simplicity 8416 In Review – The Shirt Project

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.  Happily I spent sometime in my sewing room where I made two shirts, Simplicity 8416 views B and D. I can’t believe it!  Fall is almost here!A twist on a classic shirt design.  The shirt …

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Pattern Review: Sew Me Something – Imogen Top

Hello again lovely sewers. Back from my holidays and back into the sewing room, I wanted to share a fab pattern that would be a perfect addition to your wardrobe or suitcase. The Imogen by Sew Me Something is a light, floaty top with raglan sleeves, pretty gathering around the neck and long and short…

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Sandbridge Skirt & Trevi Top Outfit

The Sandbridge Skirt is basically a dream skirt come true!  Several Indie designers have produced patterns for sewing your own jeans, but this is the first one we’ve found for a denim skirt.  And because it’s from one of our favorite pattern companies, Hey June Patterns, we’re totally enthralled. The Sandbridge Skirt has all the […]

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Simple Leggings Pattern Review

Annie was feeling uninspired about modeling for this photo shoot, so I told her to try out different poses with an “s” theme.  I’d call out a word (silly, spunky, sweet, spoiled, shy, sassy, etc.) and she’d try the pose.  I’ll leave it to you to guess which ones she is representing in the photos! It was […]

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Rainbow Overalls Dress

So I LOVE overalls, i adore them on the kids and I have a pair myself. I had this plans of drafting my own pattern of *proper* overalls because all the patterns I had seen weren’t really the style I wanted. I did a *fancy* version for my Bright & Bold lil luxe mini collection but I didn’t have any *traditional* ones.

and then, i don’t even know how, i found the I Dig Dungarees as soon as they were released. I didn’t even know the designer, but after buying them (right away) I really, really, recommend Made by Jack’s Mum (i haven’t tried any other patterns from MBJM but if you’re sewing for a boy I would really check out the others!). The attention to detail in both the pattern and the instructions is something I super appreciate when I’m trying to sew things that are more complicated than a pair of shorts or a shirt.
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VELVET CAMI AND DIY RUFFLE WRAP SKIRT + PATTERN REVIEW #M7606

HI DARLINGS! I couldn’t wait to wear this skirt. We featured this M7606 skirt in the July/August issue of SEW SEW DEF and I knew I had to make it asap. I love a great wrap skirt and I love ruffles! I also had this really great velvet cami I picked up H&M this summer […]

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Rosemary Raglan Pattern Review

We bought the Rosemary Raglan pattern before our baby girl was born, that’s how much we loved it at first sight!  Since the pattern is for sizes 3 months to 12 years, we could make the pattern for Annie for a few more years anyway. There are so many fun possibilities for fabric combinations and […]

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Pattern Review: Simplicity 8378 (Pattern Hacking Line)

After my fellow editor Michelle highlighted Simplicity’s new “Pattern Hacking” line in her curvy pattern round-up in April, my interest was piqued. What exactly did they mean by pattern hacking? I associate pattern hacking with making changes to a pattern that go above and beyond what’s described in the instructions or on the pattern pieces….

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The Pant That’s Perfect For Even a Novice Sewist

This past week, I once again had the pleasure of hosting a delightful young woman. She came last summer with a shopping list, so thinking that it would once again be on the agenda, I factored it into what I thought we would be doing. The only thing on …

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Butterfly Wings

Eddie had a butterfly party at kindy earlier this year, which was the perfect reason for me to sew up these ADORABLE butterfly wings that i’d bought the pattern for like, oh idk, a year ago? I’m always hesitant sewing up things that aren’t clothes, like accessories or bags, and I don’t really know why. Maybe it’s because I know how clothes go together, i can look at something and replicate it because I know what each piece does. Everything else I have no clue haha.

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Pattern Review: Closet Case Patterns Kalle Shirt and Shirtdress

Kia ora fellow sewing mavens! Being a gal “workin’ for the man” full time, I’m somewhat lacking in sewing time (and let’s be honest, patience), I want each pattern I purchase to work multiple ways, preferably straight out of the packet. I want those garments to work on a drizzly Auckland Monday in July, or…

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Zou Playset!

I actually cannot believe I haven’t blogged about this yet? if you know me then obviously you know my blog gf Kat of Sew Chibi – right? If you don’t, don’t click over just yet because you’ll be lost in her magical blog for about 95 years and I have something super amazing to show you first okay? Then you can go o3o

So Kat is the more talented of the two of us; she’s an amazing, colourful, inspiring whirlwind of a seamstress but she’s also an incredible human too. This girl has taken the plunge into the world of pdf patterns and let me tell you – it’s everything you’ve ever dreamed of.

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Pattern Review: Seamwork Gabrielle Dress

Hello, CSC readers! My name is Mary Reed from Fabric and Yarn Follies. I’m so excited to be reviewing a Seamwork pattern, the Gabrielle dress, for your sewing pleasure. I am a big fan of Seamwork and have sewed many of their garments since I started subscribing over a year ago. For those not familiar…

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Pattern Review: Seamwork Gabrielle Dress

Hello, CSC readers! My name is Mary Reed from Fabric and Yarn Follies. I’m so excited to be reviewing a Seamwork pattern, the Gabrielle dress, for your sewing pleasure. I am a big fan of Seamwork and have sewed many of their garments since I started subscribing over a year ago. For those not familiar…

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Pattern Review: Hot Patterns 1208 Fast & Fabulous Dressage A-Line Skirt

I originally bought the HotPatterns 1208 Fast & Fabulous Dressage A-Line Skirt pattern mostly because I liked the name, and because I wanted an A-line skirt pattern that was shaped with darts rather than gathers at the waist.  On the pattern envelope, it looks like just a really basic skirt, with only the extra-long darts…

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T-Shirt Surgery: Safari Raglan

I have recently rediscovered the Safari Raglan in my pattern stash and reignited my love for it. Honestly it’s such a great basic raglan sleeve pattern to have in your arsenal, and i reach for it more than any other when i’m whipping up a shirt or a dress for eddie.

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New Pattern Roundup for June 2017

Summer is in full swing now, and that means that we’re starting to get our first glimpses of fall patterns for 2017. Butterick and Simplicity both released their fall collections this past month. We had a ton of indie releases in June, but as someone still very much in a summer mindset as a northern…

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Draped in Vogue 1442 – A New Summer Dress Classic

Vogue 1442I love this dress.  Sandra Betzina is so right!  This is a terrific summer dress.  It’s rated as easy, but I had to do some tweaking before I was satisfied with the shape of the side and the drape.  There is only four piec…

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Curvy Review: Cashmerette Lenox Shirtdress

It’s fair to say shirtdresses are popular in the CSC, here is a review of the newest shirtdress offering available to curvy sewers – the Cashmerette Lenox Shirtdress. And, in my opinion, worth consideration to add it to your stash of patterns. Size range:  Sizes 12 to 28, in three different cup sizes (C/D, E/F,…

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Pattern Review: Scroop Ngaio Blouse

Scroop Patterns is one of the newer indie pattern companies. They are only a little more than a year old, but word on the blogoshere is owner Leimomi Oakes aka The Dreamstress really knows her stuff when it comes to pattern drafting. At the beginning of May Scroop released the Ngaio Blouse and I knew I…

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Pattern Review: CNT Pattern Co. A Little Somethin’ Jacket

Greetings Fellow Sewists! I’m Annette from The Sewful Life and I finally made a pattern I’ve owned for years – CNT Patterns’ A Little Somethin’ Jacket. I really think you’re going to love it! It’s quick and easy to make, comfortable, fits well and I get loads of compliments when I wear it. And ….

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Pattern Review: In the Folds Collins Top

I’ve been eyeing In the Folds patterns for a while now. An indie out of Sydney (tehehe that has a nice ring to it), they’re the creators of the Rushcutter and the Acton dresses, as well as a line of free but straight-sized garments for Peppermint Magazine. I’m a fan of the all the paneling…

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Pattern Review: Schnittchen Betty Top (Plus Size Edition)

  This is a perfect example of when the stars align! I was in the midst of browsing through Schnittchen’s plus size pattern selection when I was asked if I would like to do a review of the Betty Top. Ummmmm… of course I would!!! First let’s talk about the company. Schnittchen is a Germany based company…

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McCall 7575 – The First Edition

The sun was shining and the sky was bright and clear.  Perfect afternoon to get pictures of my new McCall’s shirt.   I called this post “The First Edition” because I can see myself using this pattern over and over again.  The shirt …

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Willamette Shirt Review

Yesterday Adrianna Appl of Hey June Handmade released the Willamette Shirt.  It’s a boxy dolman popover shirt with several different options for sewing.  I made view A with sleeve cuffs.  There are also options for a cropped version or one with a waist seam and color blocking options. The Willamette Shirt can be made in […]

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Amuse Boho Dress (x2) & I have a baby bump!

Surprise, I’m pregnant?I totally didn’t really make a big announcement anywhere that I finally fell pregnant with our third little babe so this will be it for this here blog, okay? Nope, don’t know the gender, Yep, i’m going for a VBAC after two c sect…

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Vogue 1027: a faux wrap dress

At some point, I must have decided that I needed more Summer neutrals in my closet. What better than a DKNY jersey dress in the most beautiful, weighty viscose. I’ve used several different shades of this viscose jersey over the years. It always sews up really nicely. I’m also quite fond of Vogue patterns. I find […]

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Geneva Cardigan Review

Recently we got to help test a new Coffee + Thread pattern, the Geneva Cardigan.  You might know already about how much we love Coffee + Thread patterns, due to the sheer numbers of them we’ve sewn!  And the Geneva Cardigan is no exception. The Geneva Cardigan is a knit cardigan suitable for boys or […]

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