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Blank Slate Bexley Dress

I actually helped design the Blank Slate Bexley Dress last summer but didn’t get a chance to sew my own version of it because I was pregnant at the time. Figured now would be a good time to whip up a new dress while I’m waiting for spring. I love easy this dress is to fit. You can adjust the front and back darts (move them up and down, in or out; make them shorter…

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Blank Slate Austin Tee

I’ve been working with Melissa and a couple other gals over at Blank Slate Patterns for almost a year now. We split the work in designing, testing, sampling, and marketing patterns. I like that workflow because when I used to run my own pattern company I did all of that myself and got pretty burnt out. Sharing responsibilities and bouncing ideas off each other keeps me motivated. This is the Blank Slate Austin Tee and…

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Papercut Aomori Twist Sweater

Continuing on with what has become “The Winter of Sweaters,” I have for you a new Papercut Patterns Aomori Twist Top. I thought the twist design looked cool and I liked the way it was constructed (make sure you follow the instructions in order, this isn’t the kind of pattern where you can just jump around to different parts). This sweater knit came from Surge. It’s double sided and I used the soft, solid side…

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Black Snail Regency Era Dress and Spencer

You might remember my last Regency project – this black velvet and silk spencer, which I made specifically to hide the back bodice of a poorly made white striped gown. Which was my second attempt at making a white striped Regency gown. It feels like I’ve been trying to make one stupid dress for years with no luck – until now! Sheer white muslin dresses were like the little black dress of the Regency era….

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Green Rib Knit Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater

I see more sweaters on the horizon… For this one, I decided to try out Sew House Seven’s Toaster Sweater #1. I liked the chunky hem band and cuffs and the funnel neck and I thought the ribs on this fabric would stand out against all the seam lines. The fabric is from Surge and I have to admit, I was a little disappointed when it arrived and looked a lot brighter in person than…

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Black Speckle Grainline Linden Sweatshirt

Since the temperature in Texas hovers around boiling for most of the year I don’t have a very large winter wardrobe. But this season I’ve become obsessed with cozy knits and decided I must remedy my lack of sweaters (and dresses, and leggings, and coats…). Enter the Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline. Oh, Grainline, always tried and true. You never fail me. You know when you find that one pattern company that’s well-drafted and fits just…

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Megan Nielsen River Dress

I swear I haven’t gone MIA since having a kid. I’ve been working on several projects lately – it’s the documenting that’s been lacking. See, my backyard’s not that pretty and inside the house in winter, I only get really good light early in the morning, and I never feel like getting up and taking pictures early in the morning. I’m in desperate need of more winter(-ish) dresses. Now, I live in Texas so cold…

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Opian Herens Bathrobe

I began this project while I was still pregnant with the grand idea of making a comfy robe for labor and delivery. I had assembled most of it, with only the bias trim remaining, and the night before I went into labor I thought “hmm, I should work on that robe.” But then I thought, “nah, if I’m in early labor I can still sew in between contractions. But then this baby decided she had…

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