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There are two types of sewists when it comes to sewing things for babies. There are those that look at pattern pieces for pockets and say “That’s silly, she won’t be needing the pockets. I’ll just leave them off for simplicity’s sake.” And then there are those of us that go “Squee!! Tiny pocketses!!” By looking at the photos of Evelyn’s latest pants, I’m sure you’ll be able to guess which camp I fall into :)

I know that babies grow in spurts, but I swear I just blinked and all of the sudden Evie only had 2 pairs of pants that fit her.  Since I try to avoid doing laundry every single day (though sometimes that seems to be inevitable), I grabbed the couple pair of pants that fit her from our island thrift store and I made her a couple of pairs myself. Though it is tempting to dress Evelyn only in garments made from my Electron Layette (since I happen to adore the patterns and they’re... [read more]

Say thanks to the women in your life  and the handmade creations they make with something that she'll love.  Below I listed some gift ideas that I think any crafty mom would like.   Sewing Class All Crafty moms will love … Read More

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Hi sewists! We are right smack-dab in the middle of Fashion Revolution Week, which got the Workroom Social team thinking about the fashion supply chain and our role in it as consumers (and as makers).

It’s overwhelming to consider how much is at stake when you shop for fashion: labor practices, environmental costs, and even copyright issues. And for those of us who sew a lot, we still have to wonder about the origin of our fabric and other supplies.

So I thought this might be a good time to highlight some of my favorite companies who are already having a positive influence in fashion and fashion sewing.

Knitwear brand: Kordal

Kordal - Ethically responsible sustainable knitwear brand

KORDAL is a fashion knitwear company whose mission is to create garments in an ethical manner by paying their workers a fair wage, designing garments that are not trend-focused, and using natural fibers when possible. Designer Mandy Kordal... [read more]

A few weeks ago I shared my tie-front tee project, prefacing my blog post with a list of "been there, done that" trends that I swore to never recreate. Topping the list was a project from the Spring of 2015 (photographed in the neighborhood I now live in, long before I thought we'd ever move out of the suburbs and into the city! But I digress...) - a "Rachel Green-inspired" pair of overalls for Sew the Show. (Remember that?? We should really bring that series back, it was one of my favs!)

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I went all heart-faced emoji seeing photos of them again, having long since purged them from my closet. "Why??" I thought, clicking over to the post for a walk down memory lane. "Why would I have donated THESE?"

And... [read more]


Heeey Ya'll it's really raining outside so this post if perfect for a DIY Raincoat! I teamed up with @TabithaSewer  for this adventure in creating our own DIY raincoats. I have so many rain puns on my mind right now it's ridiculous but I will start with my theme music for this post. In the words of New Edition "Sunny days, everybody loves them. Tell me baby can you stand the rain? Storms will come, This we know for sure (This we know for sure) Can you stand the rain?? Whoaaa, Whoaaa, Can you stand the rainnnnn?

OK so let's get started. When I thought about raincoats I knew I wanted to use vinyl for this project but the task was to figure out what gauge to use. Ha! did you even know that they were sold by weight, known as gauges? Well they are and I knew this because I have sewn purses with vinyl.
[#1: 16g/ #2:top left 4 g/#3 top right thin vinyl/... [read more]

I’ve been dreaming up this series for a while now and finally got around to getting it going! Everyone is always looking for a great tee-shirt pattern – and, understandably, everyone has different “requirements” for that perfect tee shirt. You’re reading the first installment of my summer series – The Search for the Perfect T-Shirt. I thought it’d be fun to kick it off with a free pattern from Deer and Doe – The Plantain Tee.

In each post you’ll find all sorts of information about the pattern, the variations offered, the ease of construction, the fit and how it turned out! Here’s just a tasting of the patterns I plan on tackling this summer as part of the series:

  • Lark Tee from Grainline Studios
  • Union Street Tee from Hey June Handmade
  • Agnes Top from Tilly and The Buttons
  • Molly Top from Sew Over It
  • Renfren Top from Sewaholic
  • Briar Tee... [read more]
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Hi there, I’m so excited to share with you McCalls 7573! This is the year of the sleeve, and I really love this sleeve! I’m channeling my inner Texan with the mix of boots and denim. I love this light weight gauze, it makes this top so feminine and cool. I was concerned that all the layers on this top would be heavy and hot, but it was nice and cool. I don’t usually show off my shoulders, but this is the year of the sleeve and the shoulder. Cold shoulder patterns have been trending lately and I really like the romantic mix of cold shoulder and dramatic sleeves!

Pattern Name: McCalls 7573

Size Range: 14-22 (Bust 44″, Waist 37″, Hip 46″)

What size did you make? 22, View B

What are your…

Measurements: 46-38-49

Body Shape: Rectangle/ figure 8

Height: 5’9”

Bra Size: 40DDD

What adjustments did you make and how long did they take:

Because of the ease in the pattern, it... [read more]

Its that time of year again, dust off your selfie sticks me made may is upon us! [LOL you don't actually need a selfie stick but it makes it a hell of a lot easier to take full outfit pictures if you have one. Mine was £1 from Tesco but if you know anyone under the age of 20 they probably have one you can borrow!]  Anyway Sozo explains it far better than I ever could so if you want to

Project Runways duvet challenge was all that you’d have expected.

It’s was the seasons most adsorbant challenge yet. 

Wanda never left her purse on the bus again, but wasn’t pleased about her mothers solution.

Elmo….ELMO? Dear God what have you done???

Louise was never allowed back in the textile museum unsupervised again….

Does it make my hips stand out?

Purse or American girl doll canopy bedding?

Did you lose your quilt, honey?

Photo credits- vogue.com


I’ve been making lots of grey items this year, it’s a colour I really like, especially for the winter.  It’s going to be overtaken by blue for the spring and summer soon!  Back in January, or maybe even February, I finally made the Lark Tee.  It had been on the list to make last Spring, then bumped to Autumn, and now it’s finally done.

The fabric is a pale silvery grey viscose jersey from Croft Mill Fabric, also bought early last year.  It is lovely and soft, with good drape.  I used the copy shop version of the Grainline Studio pattern, this being the first pattern from Grainline that I’ve made.  I chose the scoop neckline with three quarter sleeves.  I made a 3cm FBA, which I now think I could have done without in the size I made – either that or add the FBA to the smaller size.

The instructions are clear and concise, there’s not much to making a tee really!  The... [read more]

The popular Independent Publisher design is a WordPress theme that has long been beloved for its simplicity and legibility. So we are happy to announce that it has been improved, ever so slightly, with the design talents of Caroline Moore and Kjell Reigstad.

Introducing Independent Publisher 2:

Independent Publisher was first designed, developed, and released four years ago by Raam Dev in his introductory post to the Independent Publisher Project:

“I’ve been using WordPress for the past 8 years and in that time my site has always had a modified version of someone else’s theme. I always found it easier to start with a theme created by someone else and simply modifying it until I had it the way I wanted.” —Raam Dev, 2013

I recently caught up with Raam to learn about the origins of Independent Publisher.

JM: How did Independent Publisher come to be?

RD:... [read more]

This marathon has been entwined with writing my book since the day talks began with my publisher, as the deadline for the writing has always been the day after the marathon. Some people groan when I tell them that, but honestly, the day after is perfect. If the deadline was a week or two after the marathon, my head would’ve been full of all the things I needed to finish and stress on getting everything done. Having the deadline the day after meant everything was already finished, I could relax, and use the race not only as a celebration of all my hard training, but a celebration of writing a freaking book, too!

My publishers asked if I wouldn’t mind running the marathon in designs from the book to help with marketing down the line, and as it turned out, I was able to squeeze in not only a pair of shorts but a top as well! I’ve run all 6 of my previous... [read more]

April seems to be sneaking away rather rapidly, which means it’s time to think about a Me Made May and my pledge for this year. If you don’t know what Me Made May is, its inventor Zoe, of So Zo, What Do You Know explains it best over in her sign-up post. But basically it’s a challenge to wear your handmade clothes more but what you actually pledge is entirely up to you. Zoe has some great examples of pledges you could make in the sign up post.

I took part last year with the fairly modest pledge of wearing handmade three times a week and it was a good fit for where I was with my handmade wardrobe at the time. I have more handmade clothes now but not so many for an every day goal to be easy so it’s been quite a struggle to settle on my pledge. But here it is:

I, Leigh (aka @cluelessleigh) of Clueless Seamstress, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’17. I will... [read more]

Today I’m sharing an outfit I made for the Knock It Off blog tour hosted by Lulu & Celeste and Sprouting Jube Jube. The mission: Knock Off a look from a designer or rtw.

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The challenging part of the tour parameters was finding my inspiration. I hadn’t followed designers or Ready To Wear (rtw) companies at all, but this was the perfect push to broaden my view.

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Since I didn’t even know where to start, I had to work backwards. I knew I wanted to make a red skirt for summer, so I started looking at companies I’d heard people talking about- Anthropologie, Mod Cloth, and Urban Outfitters. I searched for red skirts and pinned the outfits I liked. Success! I found this outfit on Anthropologie that I wanted.

Photo from Anthropologie

 

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Putting together the Knock Off was super easy from my pattern stash. The Ally Skirt and Onyx Shirt had the right silhouettes and I... [read more]

In August 2015 I attended the famed Melbourne Frocktails event organized by Kat. It was about that time that I fell off the sewing/blogging wagon and I never got around to blogging my dress. So here goes. My frocktails dress was definitely not a priority the months, weeks, or even days leading up to the event. I was, however, very excited about catching up with all the lovely sewers attending.


I considered all of my patterns carefully and sorted through fabrics for inspiration.In the end, I decided to make a quick and nasty Tessuti Gabby dress and hide behind the sparkle! I made a size small, as my medium version is on the big side. I sewed a lining and a sequin outer and joined them at the neckline. The lining is a terrible black poly satin that felt awfully hot to wear, even on a cold winter's night. The outer was a black mini sequin. Both... [read more]
Way back in January when I was compiling my #2017MakeNine list, I talked about this fab stripe Ponte I’d sourced from Girl Charlee in order to try and replicate a Ready to Wear dress I’d seen on a random stranger and had instantly coveted! I’d planned to pair this fabric with New Look 6095 initially but in...

I can't claim credit for this term; my housemate came up with it for me and immediately started giggling because, y'know... never mind. Obviously we have the maturity level of teenagers.  

Lately, I've found myself cooking a lot of dishes with nothing more than pantry staples - mostly because I just can't be bothered going to the shops. I figured that I'm unlikely to be the only one in this situation, so I thought I'd share those recipes here.

Today's recipe, as you may have guessed, is Chana Masala, an Indian chickpea curry. This recipe is adapted from the Minimalist Baker's blog.  

In the recipe below, I've listed what I used, but have also offered alternatives based on what else you might have in your pantry. 

You may notice that I used dried chickpeas- yes, I really didn't want to go to the shops. You can skip the soaking step by boiling them for an extra... [read more]

'I, Linda L of www.danvillegirl.blogspot.com and danvillegirl on Instagram,sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '17. I endeavor to wear at a minimum 3 items made by me a week for the duration of May 2017'
My parents were in town this past weekend! My family is close, and we had a great time--we went to a great restaurant Friday night, went hiking on Sunday, and hung out all day Saturday. I took the opportunity and borrowed my dad for a photo or two in honor of Tanya's Dress Like Your Grandma Challenge!

We don't have a lot of family pictures, but my dad sent me two photos of his mom, my Nana, in the mid-50s and funnily enough, she was wearing a full skirt, pearls, and a button-front shirt in both! Obviously, this was a practical, comfortable "uniform" for her everyday life, just adding a cardigan if it got chilly. I found it to be really touching, since I tend to wear basically the same thing, 60 years and two generations later (and have the closet full of gathered skirts to prove it). I don't look much like her (although I'm practically twins with her... [read more]

Vogue 1405 dress by Tracy Reese:  “Pullover, lined dress has close-fitting, surplice front bodice, raised neckline extending into back collar, ruched midriff with stays, invisible back zipper, three-quarter length dolman sleeves, flared skirt and narrow hem. Purchased elastic, slides and rings for shoulder straps on bodice lining, and bias tape to finish zipper.”

doesn’t she look miserable?

Blimey.  Lots of work there…

This pattern caught my eye as soon as it came out, despite the rather dreary fabric in the photo.  I wavered, not sure if it’s really my style/shape, but eventually succumbed.  I had no idea about fabric though-I hadn’t realised when I bought it that it’s for knit fabrics only.  Bugger.  And needs a stretch lining.  Bugger again.

On a recent fabric shopping outing, I suddenly decided it needed to be red…but couldn’t find any fabric that... [read more]

Style Arc ‘Taylor’, in an unusual asymmetrically striped blue/black/grey knit from who knows where.  This could have been an eBay purchase, maybe from The Textile Centre, I don’t recall, but it’s been around for a while.  I like the colours, then decided that it needs to be made up as an outfit as the blue is tricky to match…so it waited.

This skirt has asymmetrical seams at front and back, crying out for stripes.  There’s a short slit [which I appear to have made in the back not the front, hey ho.]  The side ‘seams’ are just darts.  Elastic waistband.

Partly done on the overlocker, partly on the machine [where it fought me far too much for such a simple make, breaking the thread every few inches.  Ah well!  I managed to make the slit at the back rather than the front, which is probably better, as front slits show too much thigh when sitting down!

Quick, simple,... [read more]

Hello friends, I have been away from my sewing machine for a little bit. I have missed it, but I have been holding an embroidery hoop instead. I am sure you recall I designed some natural hair theme fabric for my daughter and myself. It was  my response to a negative comment about my daughter’s natural hair. A playmate with pin straight hair remarked that her curly ringlets when worn loose, looked “weird”. Her feelings were hurt that someone, a friend no less, would say a hurtful thing about a physical feature she loves and embraces.  


In that creative endeavor, I choose to remind her of how beautiful her/our hair is. As we continue to live, grow and craft she is expanding her skills and learning hand embroidery. While looking through my embroidery patterns she noted that none of the authors of the books illustrated people who look like... [read more]
Zipper Pouch, Manicure Wallet, Free pattern

The best way to learn how to sew a zipper bags or pouch is by practice.  Below I listed some FREE patterns for different bags styles including cosmetics bags, wrislets, crossbody bag, pencil cases, and also a cute manicure kit bag. … Read More

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Giving color and pattern to a solid comfy t-shirt, looks simple enough to me. I had this bright red-orange tee and a remnant of fabric leftover from this wrap and tie pantskirt I made. This fabric piece just goes so well with the shirt. It was meant to be.

First I did was mark how high I wanted the center back. I basically made go to where the front neckline is. Then fold the shirt in half, with side seams meeting in the middle. Create the shape you want for the front and back "v"s. Well I guess the back is more curved than a "v" but you get it. I had the front "v" end right above the belly button.

Once that was cut out (leaving a 1/4" seam allowance) I took my scrap piece of fabric, evened it out and sewed it in half lengthwise. The piece was 37.5" long by 30" wide so 15" when folded in half.

I have a similar shirt that I like... [read more]
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