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Silk Willow Tank + NEWSLETTER!

Popping in for a quick blog post while I’m visiting family! This is my third Grainline Willow Tank in as many months. Obviously, it’s becoming a TNT pattern for me. This fabric was gifted to me by Ella from Me & Ewe. It’s silk charmeuse and I only had about a yard. I believe the printed bottle motif is Japanese but the writing is so tiny I can’t tell if maybe it’s Chinese? I had…

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Tilly and the Buttons Miette Skirt

Poor Miette, this skirt seemed like it was never meant to be. Don’t get me wrong – the pattern is well drafted with good instructions but I faced a few challenges in my sewing journey. This is the Miette Skirt by Tilly and the Buttons.   I sewed this skirt as a sample for a possible class. I’m always looking for smart, easy, beginner friendly patterns for teaching opportunities. But right after I finished this skirt…

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Wide-Bicep Sleeve Adjustment Tutorial

In my Farrow Dress post I mentioned an adjustment I use to make a sleeve piece wider without altering the length of the sleeve cap seamline OR altering the bodice pieces. The normal sleeve adjustment tutorials I’ve seen widen the bicep area but also lengthen the sleeve cap seamline which means you either have to ease in the extra length into the armhole (which can be difficult) or adjust the bodice pieces one of two…

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Grainline Farrow Dress v2.0

This is my second Grainline Farrow Dress and it might be my favorite make so far this year! I sewed View B this time, except I shortened the sleeves. I bought this gorgeous Japanese double-gauze from The Cloth Pocket (it’s sadly sold out now). To best utilize this fantastic print I had to fussy cut all the pieces which meant I didn’t have enough room for the full-length sleeves. That’s fine because the shorter sleeves…

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Grainline Linden Sweatshirt Version 2

It’s already getting too hot to wear long sleeves in Austin but I loved this chunky, coral, rib knit fabric from Joann so much that I decided to try sewing a “summer sweater.” That’s not a real term but I’m claiming it now. This is my second version of Grainline Linden Sweatshirt pattern. This time I went with View B – slightly cropped without the hem band, shorter sleeves and no cuffs. The boxy shape of…

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Mid-1300s Kirtle and Veil

There’s nothing like a strict deadline to motivate you to finish a project. That’s what I gave myself for this newest historical costume. To celebrate my birthday I decided to visit the Medieval Faire near Austin and of course, I needed clothes to wear. The Faire I went to is themed more toward the European middle ages than the Renaissance so I went with something in the middle – the 14th century. Plague times, yeah!…

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Two Grainline Willow Tanks

A double feature for today! Two versions of the Grainline Willow Tank. Perfect for scraps or short yardages! I love all the Grainline patterns I’ve tried. I’m surprised it took me this long to make this pattern. I had enough leftover cotton from my Grainline Farrow dress to whip out my first Willow. It’s a super simple pattern. Only two pieces plus bias for facings. I like the extra deep hem which helps give the…

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Blueprints A-Frame v2.0

This is my second version of the BluePrints for Sewing A-Frame skirt. This fabric is black so it may be hard to see the seam lines. You can click on the images to zoom in. I’ve now taught this pattern as a class a few times and I’m always impressed at how well it fits everyone who has made it. It helps that the pattern includes fitting instructions. For this skirt, I again made the…

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