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Pattern Review: M4M “Isla”

If I had a dollar for every time over the past 4 years that I’ve been asked to copy the dress from this ultra-popular Pinterest photo….well let’s just say I’d be financially comfortable: From barn weddings to beach weddings…..this has been the “It” … Continue reading

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Pattern Dieting? How to make good decisions

Previously I blogged about fabric dieting….the logical next step is pattern dieting, right? I need another pattern like a whole in the head….UNLESS it is truly unique AND something I will absolutely use in the very near future. But there’s … Continue reading

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Quicker Fix for Coachellas

It’s snowing (a LOT) here in Massachusetts but in warmer areas people are anticipating spring, which means sewing shorts, yay!  Last summer I posted about how to correct the “crotch bunching” in the adorable Coachella shorts, by extending the crotch curves … Continue reading

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“Sewing in-between Sewing”

“Sewing in-between Sewing” is a term I picked up yesterday on Instagram from a post by the lovely Alicia, an Australian designer who has a sewing story all her own.  She creates and sells unique children’s-wear to raise funds for cancer research…you … Continue reading

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Updated Free Headband Pattern

Who needs a little scrap-buster? Need to make a quick Valentine’s day gift?  I’ve updated the multi-size tie-bow headband pattern from this post.  The cutting lines are now in colors (but still can be printed in B/W), and the sizing … Continue reading

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Fabric Fasting? A Fabric Diet maybe?

Every year around income-tax season, I start to panic: this is when I have to face reality and see exactly how much money I spent on fabric (and patterns, and trims) during the previous year.  I’m blessed to have a … Continue reading

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Pattern Review: Baby Bonnets

NOTICE: update 1/27/2017: a reader alerted me to the fact that the Purl Bee bonnet pattern discussed below has a notification on the pattern: “This pattern and project are for home use only, not for resale”. I completely missed that when … Continue reading

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Sewing to Sell: Is it right for you?

Previously I’ve posted about saving money by sewing….but how about MAKING money by sewing?  Or at least covering the costs of a sewing hobby?  For decades I’ve made extra money by doing alterations, but during the past 3 years I’ve also … Continue reading

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Painless Pajama Pants (“no fail” method)

PJ pants should be one of the easiest apparel items to sew: few pattern pieces loose easy fit perfection not required as they not usually seen in public Every winter season, I read online stories of confusion, seam-ripping, and utter frustration … Continue reading

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Pantone and the UFOs*

Haha sounds like the name of a music group…. (*Un-Finished Objects: sewing projects set aside and hanging over your head whispering “Finish me!”) The Pantone color-forecasting service Spring 2017 color chart has been out for a month, have you seen … Continue reading

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