Tag Archive: sewing

Yuki Dress The Third

I took this photo the morning after the Manchester bombing. The sun was out, and within earshot a church choir was rehearsing. It was hard not to get tearful. My thoughts go out to everyone affected. Now is the time for us … Continue reading

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10 Sewing YouTubers to Watch

I don’t watch much television mostly because I don’t have much free time, but I do love short videos. I recently downloaded the YouTube app on my phone and I’ve found myself increasingly turning to it for entertaining informative videos about sewing. Like watching the Food Network, YouTube sewing videos are edutainment and I find… 

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Personalize Your Denim with Embroidery! (+GIVEAWAY!)

Friends, I could NOT be more excited to share this post today! We’re talking about how to personalize…

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DANIELLE DUNGAREES AND RUMI TANKS

I have been wanting a pair of black overalls for awhile now. When Republique du Chiffon released the Danielle Dungaree pattern I knew this was the perfect pair to make up for myself. Luckily for me, they had an english version available in a printed pattern. I had a hard time locating a copy in the US, so I ended up ordering one straight for Republique du Chiffon in France. It was honestly pretty affordable and only took a week or two to get to me which was much better than I had expected. In fact, I am obsessed with their new Gaston Trouser pattern and will be buying a pattern as soon as they have an english version available. I particularly wanted this overall pattern because of a combination of the skinny leg, waistband, and unique bib shape. I felt that those details, combined with a black material help the overalls feel a bit more sophisticated and less juvenile. I did make a few changes to the pattern. First of all I thinned out the leg below the thigh quite a bit to make it more skinny and then added a little cuff at the bottom. I also had […]

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Hot Patterns Weekender Swingy Sweatshirt

Now that Hot Patterns sell their patterns in pdf (only A4 and letter versions, no A0 option, but the postage on the hard copies of their patterns is a killer) I am starting to buy more of them. I think that I’ve also got the sizing worked out for me – in knits, at least.… Continue reading Hot Patterns Weekender Swingy Sweatshirt

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Free Sewing Pattern ā€“ Sewing Machine Cover PDF Pattern

Free Sewing Pattern – Sewing Machine Cover PDF Pattern

PATTERN DETAILS You will receive plenty of colourful pages with the pattern pieces and instructions with pictures. The pattern should fit most sewing machines, but you might have to adjust it, if necessary. The patterns are simple enough and suitable for beginners although some experience might be helpful. You may sell clothes you make from […]

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How to make an 80ā€™s inspired side ruffle knit skirt DIY

Here is a new, modernized spin on an 80’s skirt – the side ruffle knit  skirt perfect to dress up or down this upcoming season. Supplies + Instructions: All you need is 1.5 to 2 yards of light to med weight knit fabric that has good stretch. Make 2 rectangles or squares depending on the length

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#1year1outfit Madder and Silk Dress

Craftivism. It’s a powerful thing. Last year I introduced a category to the #1year1outfit makers challenge to create an outfit with a completely traceable back story.  When no one else completed the task, […]

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Watermelon Potholder DIY

Summer is coming and with that comes picnics complete with fireworks, pies, and watermelon! I’m already dreaming of…

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Tutorial: Lowering The Dart After Making A Full Bust Adjustment on McCall 7575

This post is to illustrate how to do a FBA on a regular one piece front pattern for a shirt.  Last week I purchased McCall 7575 Palmer Pletsch pattern because of the style lines.  The illustration shows a “fit and flare” silhouette.  Sec…

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Sewbussted’s Material Witness and The Mahogany Stylist

Once I decided to go after my dream of doing video interviews, I quickly realized that there is a wealth of amazing talent right here in Chicago. If you don’t know The Mahogany Stylist, and even if you do, I think you will enjoy getting to know he…

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Minimalist Wallet ā€“ Making No. 3 Dots

Today is the launch of the newest issue of Making magazine (No. 3 Dots) and I love having a project

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Happy Friday + Making Magazine DOTS + GIVEAWAY

Happy Friday! Just popping in to sing praises for the latest issue of Making Magazine: DOTS! It’s been so fun contributing to this gorgeous, gorgeous publication, and Carrie and her team at Making are top notch. My project for the DOTS issue is a diminutive Sashiko-embroidered pin cushion inspired by a meditation pillow. Form, function and […]

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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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Help Me Understand Cosplay

I’m wearing a Hollyburn skirt. My companion is wearing…? The first time I became aware of Cosplay was in 2014. I attended London Comi Con through my day job and stumbled upon … a whole other world of outfits. Outrageous outfits. … Continue reading

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Diane von Furstenberg Stripes

Morning everyone,Today’s post is all about stripe fashionable inspiration.  I viewed one of Diane von Furstenberg 2017 collections and found a few striped garments.  So here goes.

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The Wednesday Showcase

Today will mark the end of a very special time of my life. For the past 6 years, I have been the president of the American Opera Society of Chicago. I remember running up the stairs to my very first board meeting as president. As my shoes hit each stai…

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Fabric Tassel Bag DIY

I love a well-made seagrass tote, but sometimes a girl needs more excitement in her wardrobe! With a beach vacation on…

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Resurfacing ..,

My goodness, I been totaling neglecting my blog.  I’ve been Facebooking, Instagramming, and sewing; but no blogging šŸ™ I’ve missed it..,  as blogging helps catalog and organize my sewing projects as well as sharing my sewing experiences with…

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Garden Jacket with Simplicity 8298

I set out to sew a simple jacket I could wear outside this spring while I’m gardening. I wanted to look granny chic. True to form, I turned a simple jacket into something quite complicated and now I don’t want to get it dirty nor do I want to wear it in the garden.

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Modern Pastel Crib Quilt DIY

  Whether you’re preparing for a sweet baby or have a few friends that are, sewing a crib quilt is…

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Closet Case Kalle Shirt

This is the first garment in several months that I’ve finished just for myself – not for a class, not sewing for anyone else. I liked the design of the Closet Case Kalle Shirt as soon as I saw it… Continue Reading

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How to make a diy ruffle sleeve with open bow back (bridesmaid dress idea!) VIDEO

Supplies + Instructions: This feminine dress showcases pretty gathered sleeves with an open back tied together with an oversized bow. This dress is perfect for church or something special like a wedding or it can even be a bridesmaid dress. *You’ll need a longer dress- preferably one that has a zipper down the center back.

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Free Sewing Pattern ā€“ Bias Binding Tutorial

Free Sewing Pattern – Bias Binding Tutorial

PATTERN DETAILS Bias tape can be really intimidating to make and attach with inadequate instructions, this is to help our customers feel more confident producing it, as it is used in a great many patterns. This also functions as a stand alone tutorial, with lots of links to other great binding tutorials. Hoping this helps […]

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Style Arc Cross Over Kit

This pattern has been in my stash for ages.  It was plotter printed – quite different to the fancy printing that Style Arc do nowadays, so must have been from some time ago. Style Arc describe the Cross Over Kit as follows:  This knit wrap top has a full under piece and an over wrap… Continue reading Style Arc Cross Over Kit

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It’s a salad, only bigger, with lots of stuff in it.

Hey strangers, what’s happening? Yet again, it’s been a while, but that’s just how life is at the moment, I’m afraid. The last few weeks have been quite difficult, as my granny died on Easter Monday.My grandparents, Francie and Molly, on their wedding …

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Bruyere Blouse: A Wearable Muslin

One of my most worn tops from this past winter is my wearable Bruyere muslin. Having to make barely any alterations for a second version, I continue to love to sew with Deer & Doe patterns.

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Bruyere Blouse: A Wearable Muslin

One of my most worn tops from this past winter is my wearable Bruyere muslin. Having to make barely any alterations for a second version, I continue to love to sew with Deer & Doe patterns.

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Style Arc Maisie designer dress

This Style Arc Maisie designer dress was half sewn during a recent trip to Sewjourn.  I began with the bodice – and the knit fabric I was using did NOT agree with my sewing machine or overlocker at all!  Far too slinky and the machines just chewed it up.  I quickly threw the bodice pieces… Continue reading Style Arc Maisie designer dress

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