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Pattern Fantastique Sulis Hat

It’s the peak of summer here in Texas and I am definitely pro-sunhat. But I hadn’t thought of making my own until I saw the Sulis Hat pattern by Pattern Fantastique. I used leftover white denim for the body of the hat and white linen for the lining. The brim has two layers of fusible buckram. If you’ve never used buckram before it’s a cotton netting that’s coated with some kind of glue that when…

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Tencel Denim True Bias Yari Jumpsuit

I feel like I missed the jumpsuit craze that swept the online sewing community about a year or so back. But I had a few patterns on my mind to make for a while and with my stash-busting endeavors in full-swing, I thought now might be the time. This is the short version of the Yari Jumpsuit by True Bias. If it’s short does that technically make it a romper instead of a jumpsuit? I…

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Navy Stripe Fancy Tiger Crafts Fen Dress

While I’ve been working a lot on YouTube/costuming sewing lately, I have made a few more modern garments and busting my stash while at it! This is the Fancy Tiger Crafts Fen Dress, an easy, un-fitted but still feminine, simple gathered dress. Perfect for warmer Texas days when I don’t want my clothes clinging to me but still want to look put-together. I’ve wanted to make this pattern for a while and I also wanted…

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Edwardian Underthings

I realized I never posted about my collection of Edwardian underwear that I sewed, jeez, four years ago now??? I’m wearing most of these garments under my Alice Roosevelt gown. The thing with historical costuming is there’s just SO. MANY. LAYERS. When I want to make a modern outfit I just whip up a dress in a few hours but if I want to tackle a new costuming era there’s a bare minimum of four…

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Alice Roosevelt’s 1903 Gown Recreation

This dress is the culmination of months of work, not only on the dress itself but also on documenting the process on my new YouTube channel. So I’m not going to go into too much detail on how I created this gown because you can watch all the drama over there. Also, this YouTube things is a new adventure for me. I’ve been blogging under some version of DixieDIY since 2007(!!!???!?!), and during that time…

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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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