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Built By Wendy Shirt, Simplicity 4112

Hey there people! I’ve been sewing boat loads lately – but, alas, not much blogging. Much of it is experiments in historical sewing. Perhaps one of these days when I make a complete outfit it’ll appear on the blog. I’ve also been traveling! These surprisingly decent cell phone pics were taken in Ohio while visiting family. The Goal: When not sewing costumes or doing pattern testing I’ve been trying to stash bust. I have to…

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Simplicity 3850, or, a very wearable muslin

  I’m thinking about organizing my posts a little differently from now on. Rather than just writing up all the details however I want I’ll have little sections on the fabric and pattern and alterations and what not. What do you like reading more- a kind of pattern review style or “the facts” on sew weekly, or do you like a more leisurely few paragraphs on whatever points I want to talk about? Goal: I…

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First Coat of the Season

Well, sort of. This is more like a slightly cropped, three quarter sleeve jacket, but since it never gets too cold in Texas, this counts as a coat! Can you believe that with all my undying love for Wendy Mullin’s designs that I didn’t own this pattern (Simplicity 4109)? Now it is out of print so I tracked it down on ebay. There is another one of the Built by You coat patterns out there…

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Plaid Built By Wendy Top – Simplicity 4111

This is another version of Simplicity 4111 that I made a long time ago, this time in plaid. I like this one better than the last try but I’m not sure why. I didn’t change the pattern. Maybe it’s because the elastic under the bust line isn’t as tight? Maybe it’s the thicker fabric? Maybe I secretly have a yearning for plaid in my life? Who knows. Anyway, this shirt was in the mending pile…

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Recycled Denim Shorts

For some strange reason I am loving shorts this summer and can’t get enough of ’em. These shorts utilized the leftover denim from a wrap skirt that I made several years ago but since then deconstructed it and used some fabric to make this skirt. I think it’s pretty cool that I was able to get two garments out of one! The pattern was altered a bit from Simplicity 3850, an out of print Built…

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White raglan sleeve top – Simplicity 3835

I made this top probably three years ago back when I first started sewing with patterns and was so excited about the Built by Wendy series at Simplicity (which is now all out of print, sad). I packed this shirt away when moving almost a year ago and haven’t seen it until now. I bought this fabric that already had little ruffles and pin tucks on it (so no, I didn’t spend all that time…

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Red Stripe Built By You Top – Simplicity 4111 (out of print)

I bought the pattern (which is now out of print, boo!) several years ago when I went a little wild and crazy with the Built By Wendy Simplicity pattern series. Back then I was bad at following directions, or at least fabric recommendations and this was before I realized I needed to make one size smaller than whatever the pattern suggested. The result of all of that mess was me making this pattern no less…

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New Sewing Book

Ah! I just discovered that Wendy Mulin of Built by Wendy is publishing another sewing book – this time it’s coats and jackets. I love Wendy’s simple designs and her awesome clothing line (in fact I just bought a blazer from her website not too long ago. I love it!) and I own two of her sewing books (dresses and stretch fabrics) as well as many of her Simplicity sewing patterns. Most of the patterns…

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