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Burda Style Book Blouse #3

The Goal: This shirt, my first version of this pattern, is my most worn and most favorite shirt I own/have made. I sewed it back in August of 2012 and it’s starting to show it’s age. If I didn’t wear that top so much it would probably have a longer shelf life. A few weeks ago I noticed the fibers pulling away from the stitches on the center back seam so I sewed the seam…

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So Many Japanese Pattern Books!

If you read a lot of sewing blogs you’ve probably figured out by now that the publisher of such delightful Japanese pattern books, like the one I used to make the shirt above, like to pass out their wares for review to lots of bloggers. Sorry if you’ve already read a bunch of book reviews lately, you’re in store for another – but there’s a good part – I have a new top to show…

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An affordable guide for pattern grading…?

I mentioned that I bought this book on Twitter a few days ago (yeah, I’m back on Twitter, go follow me and I’ll follow you back!). I don’t exactly remember how I stumbled upon this little booklet, maybe it was through a review of this authors pattern design books. Anyhow I was intrigued when I found the “Grading Workbook” on FashionPatterns.com. The author, Connie Amaden-Crawford has some legit pattern and sewing related books published but…

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Drape Drape book drop waist gathered dress

Laurence King Publishing was kind enough to send me a copy of Drape Drape by Hisako Sato to try out. It’s my first experience using a Japanese pattern book so I wasn’t sure how hard it would be or if the sizing would match me (Japanese ladies always seem to be a little shorter and lot thinner than Americans). Hisako teaches you not how to drape on a dress form but rather the techniques that…

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Overdressed, the book, not me

Yeah, I jumped on the bandwagon and read this book, Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline (thanks public library!). While the book wasn’t especially surprising it was worth the read and has provided great discussions on numerous blogs. I should point out that I’m not new to the anti-fast fashion movement. While I don’t often thrift (I find giant thrift stores overwhelming) I do make nearly all my own…

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Burdastyle Book Blouse #2

The Goal: I loved my first burda blouse (peplums! yay!) so much so I wanted another. The Pattern: The blouse pattern from the Burdastyle Sewing Handbook. I made a straight size 38 with a couple design modifications. The Fabric: The outer layer is a cool, sheer Swiss dot that I bought locally at Fabricker (check ’em out, they have a new online store!). The under layer is just some plain white batiste. The trim is…

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Burdastyle Sewing Handbook Bag

Sorry for being MIA this last week or so. I swear I’ve been sewing a bunch but taking time to take pics is hard. But now I have much to share with you! The Goal: This month’s Bibliostyles was a choose your own bag-book. Pick and make a bag from any book and come in and review it. I don’t own any bag-only books but I wanted to make the handbag from the Burdastyle book…

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Library Love: Sewing books

  I don’t often buy books because it just creates more clutter in my house. However, I do abuse my library priviledges when it comes to sewing books. My most recent trip I got a few gems, including two from the 70s which are amazing (in both a useful and a hilarious manner). I got two lingerie sewing books, a draping book and a pattern alteration book but the real fun items were these two:…

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