Tag Archive: patterns

Tilly and the Buttons Coco Top

I’m always trying to squeeze garments out of pieces of fabric that are too small.  I had some fabric leftover from my Colette Moneta dress, which I decided to get a Coco top out of to wear under one of my many dungaree dresses!  I had to get creative with the cutting layout as usual, […]

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Suit Pants to Vest

I am back! I hope you all have been a little more successful in your sewing and crafting endeavors than I have been lately.  Above is the vest in regular light after a second run of pressing. The bride really wanted a vest for the groom, but the consultant that they were working with completely ignored…

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Free Book – BROOKE’S BOOKS SPRING PANTRY

Free Book – BROOKE’S BOOKS SPRING PANTRY

PATTERN DETAILS Are you ready for a challenge?…A “Freebie Challenge”, that is. I charted this design with a basic DMC palette. (Oops! I threw in a couple of Mill Hill seed beads to this one.) You can choose to follow the DMC key but I hope you will stitch it with colors, specialty threads, beads, […]

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Glitter Star Print Linden Sweatshirt

Earlier in the year I went to visit a friend in London and we went to the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Kensington Olympia, where I treated myself to some lovely glittery stars sweatshirt fabric to make a second Grainline Linden sweatshirt.  I made my last one in September and I’ve worn it quite […]

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Free Patterns To Sew Your Mini Capsule!

Creating 4-9 garments can be a big undertaking for many sewists- costs can add up if your pattern library isn’t expansive enough to complete that many separates. For a very long time in my sewing career, I only sewed dresses. The switch to sewing separates and layering pieces took a bit of an investment when I…

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Stack Pattern Release

So excited to announce that my Stack Quilt is finally available for purchase! Stack Quilt is the second quilt in my Solid Series, designs focusing on solid fabrics and negative space. This quilt is perfect for both beginner quilters and […]

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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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Pride and Prejudice Preparation

Every year, I get together with one of my best friends and we spend a weekend together watching Pride and Prejudice (BBC, 1995), stuffing our faces with cheese, and drinking lots of wine.  We started this in 2004 I think, and since then we’ve both moved around quite a lot, changed careers, got married, and […]

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Start Living…

“Let’s start living and dressing like every day is an occasion because it is!”          Julia Alarcon. Lialia I have a true friend whose life has been turned upside down recently: she is remarkable; she is shining … Continue reading

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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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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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AUFO

Or – to add another acronym to the lexicon of sewing terms – Abandoned Un-Finished Object. I’m giving you the punchline at the beginning here. You know when all of a sudden and out of the blue you need an item … Continue reading

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Banana or Primrose?

The other day a very good friend and I were poking about the posh shops in Holywood (NI not US) and we had a short conversation as we perused the rails: ME: “I’m going to make a pair of yellow jeans.” … Continue reading

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Half a-Cold Shoulder

Like many of you when Vogue bring out their new season’s patterns coupled with a 4 day sale at $4.99 each  (cheaper if you’re in BMV Club) I just have to take advantage. My problem is that I buy the … Continue reading

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Before it’s Too Late

As part of Catch-up Blogging, I have to show these trousers now before they fall out of season. They’re made with a navy wool tweed (admittedly a light tweed) but are really for winter wear. I’ve had the fabric for … Continue reading

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Re-Entry

Many of my blogging buddies seem to be taking sabbaticals – as I apparently have too – although not intentionally. Things just get in the way. I’ve been sewing and making, just not taking photos, posing, showing and telling. As … Continue reading

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Tilly and the Buttons Rosa dress

Hiya. I’m aware that this is the third post in a row about a TATB pattern, but what can I say? I dig her style, even though her patterns don’t always work out for me (Francoise and Bettine, I’m looking at you).  The Rosa pattern was a gift from my sister-in-law for Christmas, and the […]

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NAME THAT PATTERN — Comeback Edition!

Readers, it was time.The sewing blogosphere hasn’t been the same since I retired NAME THAT PATTERN, the Internet’s favorite sewing pattern game.  So I’m delighted to report that we’re back, and with straighter teeth, fuller lips, and a noticeably …

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Sewing the 70s Today

Thank you very very much for all the lovely comments on my Sewing the 70s dress. It was wonderful to hear that so many of you had made this dress first time around and even more wonderful that you are … Continue reading

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New Sewing Project, New Pattern, New Sewing Machine!

Well, more like a new-to-me sewing machine.Michael found it in the trash over the weekend.  I believe it’s a Singer 128, a model that had a vibrating shuttle (missing here) instead of a bobbin.  This one clearly also had Egyptian sphinx decal…

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Teal Box-Pleat Skirt

These box pleat skirts are seriously my favorites.  I will be making a tutorial soon.  I just need to find another fabric perfect for one. The fabric is a brocade that I used a while ago when I made a pencil-dress.  The best part about this skirt is that, like Sam’s, IT HAS POCKETS!  You…

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New Shirt Project, a Claire McCardell Pattern, and MORE!

First things first, readers.Michael requested I make him a leopard-print shirt using the leopard cotton voile I picked up last week, and that’s just what he’s getting.  I cut most of my fabric today and have the fronts, yokes (inner and outer), an…

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New Shirt Project, a Claire McCardell Pattern, and MORE!

First things first, readers.Michael requested I make him a leopard-print shirt using the leopard cotton voile I picked up last week, and that’s just what he’s getting.  I cut most of my fabric today and have the fronts, yokes (inner and outer), an…

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Grey Puppy Kennel Covers

My puppy sitter is the best ever! She takes care of our pups and they love her, so do we.  I made her kennel covers a couple months ago, and she needed some more!  If you live in the south Jersey area near Mt. Laurel you can check out her info HERE and HERE. Above…

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Sewing the Genuine 70s

A quick look on ebay, few clicks later and I bought a real life vintage 1970s dress pattern – Simplicity 5728 printed in 1973. I won’t do a full pattern review because most (if not all) of you will never … Continue reading

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Two Tilly and the Buttons Cleo dresses

Greetings.  This month for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network I have made a pink corduroy Tilly and the Buttons Cleo dress.  If you want to read more about it and/or see more photos, you can do so on Minerva’s page here.  I bought the pattern and interfacing myself and Minerva provided everything else.  I love […]

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Blue Window Dress

This year has started out with a full on sprint.  Trey and I are moving to a 2-bedroom apartment in March where I will take over the second bedroom and make it a sewing room.  (It will also be a Study with a couch and our 4 bookshelves… but I GET MY OWN LITTLE STUDIO!!!)…

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Sewing the 70s

When the 1970s started I was seven; when they finished I was 17. The world was going to hell in a handcart (not much changed there then) but they were the very best years of my life (so far)….. I began … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to the Bed Jacket?

Friends, when is the last time you saw someone wear a bed jacket who wasn’t starring in a 1940’s film noir?The bed jacket harks back to a time when many women (Lord knows, not all) weren’t in any particular rush to get anywhere in the morning.  A …

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Tilly and the Buttons Bettine dress

Well, I really wish I could be more positive about this dress, but today I’m sharing a bit of a sewing fail with you!  A friend of mine, Nicola, made this dress in some awesome bee print fabric, and she looks fab in it.  I loved her dress and the fabric, so much so that I […]

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