Category Archives: Today’s Sewing Projects

What I’m currently working on in my sewing studio

Why Indie Pattern Quality is Improving

Short answer? Competition       Reason? Style sameness Does it seem that multiple designers release very similar styles, sometimes at close timing to each other? It does make people wonder if they coincidentally came up with the same concept, if they read … 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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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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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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Free Pattern: Bow Headband

The best thing about sewing is making exactly what you want. I was looking for a free pattern or tutorial online for a “Bunny-ear” or “Dolly-bow” headband….but I couldn’t find one with the specifics I was after: woven fabric (since I have so … Continue reading

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Free Pattern: Bias-trim Pocket

Last week I was making the Brownie Goose  “Junie”  dress and decided I’d like to add pockets, and since I was already making bias tape for the dress, I made pockets trimmed with the bias tape: Rounded pockets are great because … Continue reading

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Charity sewing: for the Angel Babies (Free Pattern)

Recently I posted about a special sewing project, and mentioned that I was cutting up a vintage wedding dress to make a sash. I promised to explain why I was disassembling the wedding gown, so here goes.  A lovely heartfelt project … Continue reading

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A special heirloom dress

When I was a child, going to church every Sunday required gloves, a hat, polished shoes, a pretty dress, and a petticoat or slip. Nowadays little girls (where I live anyway) wear bluejeans and tee-shirts to church, except for Christmas, Easter, … Continue reading

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