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Simplicity 1463

When I was at Sewjourn in November my friend Kathryn sewed up a gorgeous version of Simplicity 1463.  Since I had some spare fabric with me, I quickly borrowed her pattern pieces and gave it a go as well! There really isn’t much to this pattern. Front piece, back piece, cuffs, neckband. That’s it. It… Continue reading Simplicity 1463

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Simplicity 1318 – the wearable muslin

Before I sewed my DCF Challenge version of Simplicity 1318 (blogged last year), I sewed a wearable muslin to get a better idea of what size to choose.  This is a pattern that has been well used in the sewing community.  Both the reviews and the finished garment measurements printed on the pattern pieces indicated that there was… Continue reading Simplicity 1318 – the wearable muslin

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The Wednesday Showcase

It looks like the storms will soon be rolling in to Chicago. My Gracie absolutely hates rain, or being wet in any way for that matter, so she is safely sitting behind my chair, tucked into the corner. When Little Bit was still alive, and I would take t…

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New pattern release: the Rain Dance Romper

Hello! I am very excited to share that the Rain Dance Romper pdf pattern is now available in the…

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LODO DRESS SEWALONG DAY 2

Welcome back to day 2 of the Lodo Dress Sewalong. I am excited to get sewing. Today we are going to be tackling the back seam, back slit for View A and sewing up the shoulder seams. Super easy. Let’s get started. Step 1 – (This Step is for View A Only. View B starts at Step 3 so go ahead and skip on down to Step 3 if you are sewing the shorter version without a back slit.)  Remember that all seam allowances are 3/8″ unless otherwise stated in the instructions. If you want to finish the seams with a serger you will want to do that now. You can serge each back seam independently before sewing them together. Since knits do not fray this is not necessary. I am going to opt out on serging View A (but will serge View B so that you can see both). You will be sewing this step using a stretch stitch. If your machine has a stretch stitch it will look something like a lightning bolt. No. 9 on my machine. If you don’t have one of those stitches on your machine you can also use a zigzag stitch and just […]

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INDIESEW BLOG TOUR + HIGHLANDS WRAP DRESS

Today I am lucky enough to be part of the Indiesew Spring Summer 2017 Collection blog tour. I eagerly jumped at the chance to sew up the Highlands wrap dress by Allie Olson of Indiesew. Wrap dresses are such a flattering cut on all body types and with it’s long waist ties and high side slits, the Highlands dress feels like a modern take on a classic dress. I knew that I wanted to make this up in black, so I went with my current favorite fabric to sew with – rayon crepe from The Fabric Store online. If you havn’t sewn with rayon crepe before, imagine all of the benefits of a rayon challis – flows nicely, easy to sew, affordable, washable –  but then add in a really nice texture to the fabric that makes it feel a little bit more upscale. It also has a bit more weight to it which is beautiful in maxi length dresses because it adds some extra drama when you walk. I also have this fabric in a maroon that I am planning to make a Ogden dress out of once I can find the time. The dress bodice fit perfect straight […]

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Chi Town Chinos and Ogden Cami

Hey there and happy Tuesday!  I have been busy sewing away, but have hardly had a minute to pop in over here and blog about my makes.  That will change, I’m hoping, when summer rolls around and things slow down a bit!  But I’m so happy to be sharing my newest make with you today, […]

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Cashmerette Turner dress

One of the dresses I sewed especially to take on our Thailand/Laos trip was a Cashmerette Tuner dress.  Shoulder coverage, knee coverage, so good for temples, yet comfortable in a knit.  That was the plan.  The plan worked! I have had a fair bit of success with the cut of Cashmerette patterns.  I’m not a… Continue reading Cashmerette Turner dress

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McCalls 7151 – the jumpsuit version

You might remember that I sewed McCalls 7151 in the dress version for Clare and it was an absolute fail.  However, not all was lost, because from that fail I worked out what adjustments the pattern needed to become a success.  Once I’d adjusted the front pattern pieces to raise the neckline, I sewed the… Continue reading McCalls 7151 – the jumpsuit version

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LODO DRESS SEWALONG DAY 1

Welcome to the first day of the Lodo Dress Sewalong. The Lodo is a very fast and easy dress to sew up so this sewalong will be much simpler than my others. That being said, I hope that the extra pictures and tips will still help those of you who need a little extra hand holding so that everyone can get the best results possible when sewing a version of their own. Today I will simply be sharing the schedule for the sewalong (below), talking about the best fabrics for this pattern (including some links), and giving a few tips. Expect to spend less than an hour each day this week and you will have a finished Lodo dress of your own by Friday.   Schedule: Here is the schedule for the sewalong. We are really only sewing 3 of the 5 days. As I have mentioned, this is a beginner friendly pattern so I hope the tips and photos that I share this week will make the dress accessible to sewists of all levels. Day 1 / Monday April 24th – Fabrics and Prep Day 2 / Tuesday April 25th – Back, Slit, and Shoulders Day 3 / Wednesday April 26th – […]

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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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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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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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Simplicity 1435

I keep on trying to figure out how best to keep up with blogging.  I really WANT to post everything I make here on the blog.  Not only is it a good reference for me, but I feel as though I am contributing to the general sewing community.  But I am SO behind!  I might… Continue reading Simplicity 1435

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Cat Face Pillow DIY! 

Oh man, with just a few weeks to go until my due date, I’m getting down to the wire with…

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Easy DIY Circle Tote

As an avid lover of circles (Yes—that’s a thing!), I’ve been really diggin’ the circle purse trend. After searching…

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Hemlock Tee in Peat

After making the lace Hemlock Tee last time, I knew I wanted to try making the sleeved version. It’s definitely

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super easy DIY Jean pants to Jean skirt refashion video

Shoes: forever21 // top: similar, similar // skirt: DIY, or similar, similar, similar // sunglasses: Ray ban  JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content.

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Vogue 1488 Pattern Review: Shirt Dress

HI DARLINGS, Today is a warm and fab day in LA and although I am headed to the office I plan to open all the windows and let the fresh air in. As you can imagine we are up to our eyeballs in magazine stuff for May but I managed to film a fabric haul […]

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Out of Season


Today’s unseasonable and very soggy weather reminded me of this outfit.  I was almost tempted to throw on a wool sweater in the middle of April.  What is going on?!?


And what the heck happened to our beautiful Spring weather?  I am really getting tired of the gray skies and the rain.


This garment will be getting a whole lot of wear towards the end of the year, but for now, I am much more interested in light colors and fabrics (even if the weather is not playing fair).


I sure do love a circle skirt, though!  If I can find a suitable mid-weight wool in a beautiful color, I may just have to make myself another for next Winter.


The most irritating part was, you guessed it, evening out that darn hem.  Even thick wool coating is not immune to the dreaded bias droop.


The sweater was a quick knit when I was in need of a portable project that would not require a lot of fuss, and one that I would be comfortable stopping and starting at a moment’s notice.


It served its purpose quite well, and I may want to make another in a warm weather appropriate fiber.  If the rainfall keeps up, I may finish my current knitting project soon and do just that!

Sweater:  Made by me, “Jumper with a Boat Neckline” 
Skirt:  Made by me, Vogue 2902
Shoes:  Royal Vintage “Marilyn
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Easter 2017

I love the tradition of new clothes at Easter. We don’t always get around to it for all the kids, but I try to make sure each child gets at least something new, whether it be an accessory, or a new piece that fits in with what they already have. This year’s Easter outfits are kind of a mixed bag of new and old. Ready made and handmade. Crocheted and

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adventures in patterndrafting // mystery fabric contest 2017

This dress was kind of a beast. It was unwieldy and not very nice at times. It also kind of had a mind of its own but I mostly managed to wrangle it into submission with a lot of hand-stitching. But let’s start at the beginning. I had two main sources of inspiration for this […]

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Gauze Swaddle Baby Blanket + DIY Tag – TUTORIAL

Is it me or has baby stuff gotten cuter since I had my babies? I mean, my “baby” is only 5, and even in that five years, I swear all the baby things have gotten even cuter and better. Like where was this adorable gauze swaddle fabric five years ago? Isn’t it adorable? I figure, if my kids can’t enjoy it, I better make sure my niece can. She is supposed

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I like my coffee like I like my women. In a plastic cup.

Hello! Urgh… so my plan to blog more frequently has been a big fat FAIL, hasn’t it? Oh well. Here I am now anyway. I’m having a short break from work for Easter, which is really good as everything has been so full-on so far this year. We don’t have m…

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NEW SIMPLICITY SUMMER PATTERNS 2 OF 2

HI DARLINGS! I have been wanting to design an athleisure pattern for some time now especially since I started to get a lot more serious about my body and health. This pattern is designed based on all the things I need in my workout gear. I hate my arms being cold but sometimes don’t want anything else on. […]

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Adventure Awaits!/Rocky Mountain Sewing Adventure

For me, there is nothing better than combining my love for the outdoors, and…well, just about anything creative! Although I live in the city, I’m most at home in the mountains. I love the fresh air, the beautiful scenery, and the ease of the eve…

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mystery fabric contest 2017

I’ve been a little absent from the interwebs the past several weeks and here is the reason why. My school does a mystery fabric contest every year (here’s last year’s entry).  The rules are pretty simple. You pick a random bundle of fabric that’s all wrapped up and labeled with only a color. You have […]

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mystery fabric contest 2017

I’ve been a little absent from the interwebs the past several weeks and here is the reason why. My school does a mystery fabric contest every year (here’s last year’s entry).  The rules are pretty simple. You pick a random bundle of fabric that’s all wrapped up and labeled with only a color. You have […]

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NEW MIMI G SIMPLICITY SUMMER PATTERNS 1 OF 2

HI DARLINGS! After such a successful launch of SEW SEW DEF MAGAZINE, we are still on a high and have already started the finishing touches on the May issue. It has been CRAZY TOWN at the office, lol but I don’t think I know any other way to have things. This week we are excited about […]

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