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Pattern Review Weekend and Sewing Indie Month

May is going to be a pretty busy month for me. Right now I just got home from dinner in downtown Austin for Pattern Review Weekend. I’ve already met so many nice people and ‘oooh’ed and ‘aaahhh’ed over everyone’s lovely makes. I don’t know how many times I’ve asked or been asked “What pattern is that?” I got a goody bag filled with patterns and fabric and we had a pattern swap going on. This…

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Perfect Pattern Parcel #1

Much has been going on behind the scenes lately on little ol’ Dixie DIY. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to share much with you just yet, but one awesome thing that’s finally out in the world that I get to tell you about is Perfect Pattern Parcel! The Pattern Parcel idea was developed by a couple creative bloggers and one tech savvy dude to bring curated bundles of PDF patterns by independent designers to sewists…

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In the meantime…

Hmm, the blog has been a little slow lately, not because I haven’t been sewing. In reality I’ve been sewing quite a bit, some modern and some historical although none of it has been in front of a camera yet. Another thing I’ve been working on… (Peanut is not impressed) Ah, yes, pattern design. That thing I was doing and then kind of took a break from. Seems I got the inspiration for it again….

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Sewing Superstar!

Whoa, this is pretty cool. This week I was a Sewing Superstar at Cut Out + Keep. You can check out my tutorials (all 7 of ’em!) and read my little interview. And be sure to see the rest of the crafty superstars’ projects, too! Big thanks to Cut Out + Keep, it’s an awesome website if you haven’t seen it before. Go browse through thousands of projects to get inspired.

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An Amy Butler Bag and Teaching

Some unexpected news for me – I got a job offer to teach a sewing class over at Remnants:fiber[culture], a quilting/fabric store not far away from my house. My first class will start on June 8th and I’ll be teaching how to sew this monster size tote bag, Amy Butler’s Spice Market Tote pattern. I’ve never taught a real class before so I’m going to try my best to be prepared. I recently talked about…

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Are there *trends* in sewing?

Here’s something I’ve been pondering lately – are there “trends” in online sewing? Often there will be a popular pattern that pops up on a bunch of different blogs all within a couple weeks of each other but is there ever something (pattern, fabric, style, feature) on garment sewing blogs that appear so much that is seems like everyone is participating? I’m not talking specifically about fashion trends, like, say, color blocking, peplums, lace overlays,…

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This is a public service announcement…

Hey readers – some quick things I wanted to let you know about: First off – if you’ve been emailing lately and I haven’t gotten back to you, my apologies, this last week or so has been uber busy. I’ll try to reply soon, promise. 😉 ***************************** Secondly, I’m participating in The Refashioners again! In case you missed last time The Refashioners is the brainchild of the lovely Miss P (who is a thrifting and…

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Software for Patternmaking (sort of…)

Update: Hmm, perhaps there is a catch to this, if anyone looks into this, let me know. I keep reading that you may or may not need a CS2 license. Still, it might be worth looking into it if you’re interested in Illustrator. Hey readers, I’m popping in real quick between sewing projects to tell all you budding pattern makers something you may find useful… I don’t use software specifically designed for pattern making to…

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