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2015 Re-Cap

  Happy 2016! I only barely made it home in time for New Year. Our flights were delayed coming back from Ohio for three whole days because of bad weather (thanks, climate change…). Now is the time when most people reflect on the previous year and as sewists we usually look at what we’ve made: the hits and misses and the goals for next year. Keeping with that tradition, here are mine. Most Worn: Honestly, this…

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Floral Circle Skirt and Cropped Sweatshirt

This post is a two-fer! A whole me-made coordinating outfit. I’m teaching a bunch of sewing classes these days at a local Austin store, including a circle skirt class. I made this skirt as an example based on my measurements. I found this great big floral stretch cotton at Joann Fabrics. I loved the graphic look of the roses and the colors. It had a very 50s vibe so what better use for it than a…

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Sparkle Ponte Grainline Morris Blazer

Sorry that some of these pics are a little blurry. It’s been raining all weekend so I was forced to do indoor photos. Black fabric is hard to photograph anyway. The Pattern: I’m a little late on the bandwagon for Grainline’s Morris Blazer. Better late than never. I was drawn to this design ’cause it’s a simple, unlined jacket that I thought I could make quickly. I wasn’t wrong. This pattern came together in just a…

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Sewing Indie Month with True Bias: Summer Concert Tank

I have followed and loved Dixie for years now so I was super excited to be paired up with her to create a tutorial for her blog as part of Sewing Indie Month. I already loved the Summer Concert Tee by Dixie. I made it up a couple of years ago in some hand dyed shibori fabric and that top is still in regular rotation in my wardrobe. I’ve always wanted to make a tank…

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Sewing Indie Month Interview with Soma Patterns

Well, Sewing Indie Month is finally here and I have the pleasure of having the first post of the month! Today I’m sharing my interview with designer Sylvie Privat of Soma Patterns. Sylvie has created a line of “zero-waste” patterns – eco-friendly designs that leave no scraps! It’s a design idea I had never seen offered by any other company. She has also started releasing updated versions of vintage 50s and 60s patterns after her mother gave…

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The Refashioners 2015!

Wow, it’s crazy to think about how the first Refashioners was 4 years ago. I’m so glad that Portia brought it back again this year because I really love this challenge, because that’s what it is for me – a challenge. It forces me to think outside the box and create a garment with limited resources. And since I chose to do a secret trade with another blogger I didn’t have any idea what I was going…

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Papercut Clover Dress

I’m back from vacation in Jamaica (for now, still doing more traveling this month) where these pics were taken. We had fun but it’s good to be home. I rushed to finish this dress before I left and even brought the embroidery thread with me to make the braided belt while I was there. The Pattern: The Clover Dress by Papercut Patterns. I liked the style of the model photos with its drapey fabric, cool…

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Sewing Indie Month Pattern Bundle and the Refashioners!

Hey all you lovely sewists! Today is the final day of the first (of 2) Sewing Indie Month pattern bundle sales! You probably know how these bundles work at this point – a group of patterns is offered for sale at a heavily discounted price (so it’s still a good deal even if you already own a couple of these patterns) and 20% of the proceeds go to charity. So, what does it cost? Spend $25 or…

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