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Scout Tee Forever!

Ok, I feel I should preface this post with a bit of backstory. The week before I made these shirts I had been making a lot of sewing mistakes. Repeatedly. Dumb mistakes. And I should know better. For example I was sewing a bag, a large tote bag with lots of pockets. I totally messed up the outside zipper pockets. I read the instructions wrong or mixed up the illustrations. In the end, I had to re-do…

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30 Days of Sundresses – Indigo Dyed Beach Cover Up

My good friend Melissa from Melly Sews is a fellow Austinite. You might have seen me talk about her a few times. Like last year I decided to join her month long celebration of summer-y dresses but this time I wanted to mix it up so I made a fun beach cover up. And as my upcoming island vacation is not for another couple of months I’m afraid my backyard fence will have to stand in…

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My Sewing Room Tour

Cut Out + Keep is hosting a photo tour of my craft room. This is kind of a big deal. Not because my room is extra special or anything. Rather my room normally looks like this: Well Meaning Friend: “Why haven’t you finished that dress?” Me: “I can’t find a pattern piece.” Friend: “Why is that?” Me: “Uh…” But I always make sure there’s one thing I can find – NETFLIX! #sewdontclean #noshame #sewshame A…

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Sew Liberated Esme Top

I feel like I’ve been doing a decent job of keeping up with my unofficial goal of taking blog photos somewhere other than my old standard- the Blue Wall of Blue. Justin kindly walked ankle deep through this creek to take pictures of me. However, this benign little stream is deceiving. We took these shots last week but not a week before that we had such intense rain around here that this creek was rushing probably 12 feet…

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Bonnell Dress Tester Round-up

I’m so glad that after months of hard work the new Bonnell Dress is finally out. I hope you all love it as much as I do. But I couldn’t have done it without help from my very wonderful pattern testers. Testers are so important. They not only catch small errors that I seem to be blind to, they show how a design will look on many body types, they help me figure out what…

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The Bonnell Dress is Here! Plus, How to Print your PDF Pattern

The day has finally arrived! The Bonnell Dress is now available for purchase. Thanks again to everyone who helped with testing, editing, proof reading and support. Couldn’t have done it with out you! This pattern has instructions, pattern pages, plus a copy shop version all in one PDF file. *********************************** Since many of you probably want to get started on the pattern right away I’m going to take a moment to go through how to…

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Coming Soon: The Bonnell Dress

  It’s almost here! Next Tuesday (Texas time), May 19th, 2015 I’m releasing my newest pattern – the Bonnell Dress. You might have already seen it but here’s the deets: sleeveless dress has bodice darts, jewel neckline in front and V-neck in back, waistband, gathered skirt with side seam pockets, triangle cutouts at bodice side seams, and a center back invisible zip. The PDF download is 24 pages. Measurements are in imperial and metric and…

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Small Bust Adjustment on a 2-Dart Bodice Tutorial

Hello everyone! In preparation for my new pattern I wanted to include notes on how to do a Full Bust Adjustment and a Small Bust Adjustment. I found a great FBA tutorial over on Curvy Sewing Collective but couldn’t find an independent tutorial I liked on SBAs for a 2-dart bodice. So I’m making my own! I’m using the bodice piece from my upcoming pattern (which is why it looks like a big triangle is cut out…

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