I’ve finally made it!!  I honestly cannot remember when I got the fabric for this coat, but it was a good few years back, for Mother’s Day.  I’d seen it on the Fabrics Galore website and hinted to the girls that if they were looking for a present but hadn’t found anything yet….  Naturally the hint worked, and the fabric duly arrived.  I had an idea of what I wanted, a coat with a simple shape without too much detail, to show off the woven pattern in the fabric.  Eventually I saw Stephanie’s coat, and then other versions appeared, and I knew this was the one, Burda 6772, now out of print.

Burdastyle Coat 6772

I’ve been meaning to get the coat made ever since buying the pattern, but for some reason spring and summer pass by in a flash and I never get round to it!  Last year I decided it was my “year of coats” and added it to the list.  I made 2 and a quarter of the... [read more]

 I do all this in Paint.

I don't have Adobe. I haven't learned Inkscape or Gimp, I don't have an Ipad so I don't use Procreate.

I have many many more. Most I don't have on public settings.

Paint. Boring old Paint. I did size up the text and clean it up, but it took maybe 30 minutes start to finish.

So the tech wall to step over is pretty damn low.

And as the designer, your price is even lower (about 6.50 ish)

Your Mom wants one. Or your kids.

Or you just want a reminder every day that this pandemic will eventually end.

As the email says

Promotion of 50% off fat quarters of fabric is valid from 12:00 a.m. EST Monday, March 1, 2021 through 11:59 p.m. EST Friday, March 5, 2021.


February was, once again, a time to celebrate the Black History Month Pattern Designers Challenge. I've enjoyed participating in this challenge for the past 3 years and learning so much about Black fashion history, discovering so many Black pattern designers and shop owners (more every year!), and  being inspired by the amazing projects made by the growing number of participants. You can hear both hosts talking about the purpose behind the challenge and how it works, over on Stitch Please and another interview on the Sew Organized Style podcast, if you're curious to learn more.

This year I made the Agnes Pencil Skirt by Michelle Sews. I love it. The fit and the details are both just fantastic. If you want to check out the more than 160 projects made by other participants this year, be sure to take a look at the hashtag on IG!

This year I was... [read more]

Last summer, I posted a tutorial for a macrame market bag that I made. I’ve enjoyed this bag so much – its lightweight design … More macrame market bag tutorial »

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Hello, Sewcialist friends! Welcome to part 2 of the Great Shoulder Digest! This article is going to break down horizontal shoulder measurements, how to take them on yourself and on patterns for set-in sleeves, and most importantly, how to use them. Now that you know all about shoulder slopes, this knowledge should provide an accompaniment and make understanding shoulders even easier.

First up: let’s talk about your total shoulder width. This measurement is called “Across Shoulder Width”, and is taken from “bone to bone”. The bone in question is the outer point of the acromion, which is the uppermost and outermost point of the scapula (shoulder blade) that sits atop the humerus, or your upper arm bone.

Animated gif of black and white skeleton rotating, the acromion highlighted in red

Image is animated gif of black and white skeleton rotating, the acromion highlighted... [read more]

I’ve made not one, but two different Monarch Jackets and I think it shows how different the pattern can look, depending on your fabric choices. I highly recommend checking out the official samples too. The new sample photo for the extended sizing is so beautiful!

I tested the Monarch Jacket all the way back in autumn 2020 and was pretty happy with the fit of the 16 D cup version on me. However, not everyone had the same feedback and so Allie decided to add a bust dart (which is almost always a good idea in curvy drafting) and make a few other tweaks for the extended sizing of this pattern. This is exactly what the testing process is for -and so I decided to make a second version of the jacket after the redrafting was complete for a fair representation of the final pattern – and also because I’ve worn the first green one pretty... [read more]

This is an older make, from late December, but it worked out perfectly to post it during Katie Kortman's Wear Happy Color pink/red week!

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Y'all know by now that I overalls are my fave. If there was any holding back, the quarantine did that in... why dress to please anyone but myself? 

I've made a countless number of Closet Case Jenny Overalls (at least eight!) and a very well loved pair of Helen's Closet Yanta Overalls. With spring on my mind, if not yet in the weather (it snowed again this morning!) I was thinking about making a lighter weight, more jumpsuit-y pair of overalls. Enter the Burnside Bibs by Sew House Seven!

While I have long loved all of the gorgeous Burnside Bibs sewn by the many talented makers I follow, I've been skeptical of how much I would like the clever tie system that distinguishes the Burnside Bibs. Even in the more streamlined versions, it tends to produce gathers across the bum, which I don't care for on my own body. I also have a quiet dislike of... [read more]

The summer snuck away from me, it looks like it's been a month since my last post! Truth is, I wasn't even sewing for most of that time. Daily swim lessons, a weekend away with my husband, and back to school were taking up all my time. But I'm here today with two new dresses to make up for it!


I've been following Meg from Sew Liberated on Instagram, but this is my first pattern from her. I just LOVE her honesty and style on IG, she's one of those people that you secretly (okay not secretly because I just told you) want to be. The Hinterland Dress is one that she wears constantly, but styles it in such a way that it's always fresh. I resisted as long as I could, but I finally broke down and bought the pattern.

(Side note, the photos of the natural colored dress are way blown out, and now the dress is in the wash...sorry!)

I have been on a knitting spree... [read more]

Like a lot of sewists, my fabric shelves are usually bursting. Mine are not full of brand new cuts however, more often than not they're overflowing with large scraps. Too big to stick in the "future pocket bag" box, and too small to create an entire garment. I don't consider myself a master of combining colors and fabrics, but sometimes I get lucky and do okay. What do you think, is this dress a success?

I made the Wilder Gown once before (OMG the list of things I haven't blogged is a mile long) from a rayon crepe. I love the swish factor and despite how fussy it looks, it's actually an easy sew and comfy to wear. I decided to gather up all my red/pink/coral/rust/brick/brown linen scraps and see if I could piece together another Wilder with them. I tried a few methods for choosing scraps, and ended up laying everything out on the floor to better visualize how I... [read more]

 Today's guest author is the CDC website

(For more detailed information, go visit that link up there!)

I'm back again with another test subject!  

It's probably absolutely no surprise that my latest pattern test is for Itch to Stitch* given it's no secret how much I love Kennis Wong's designing and pattern drafting.  Her sizing is always so consistent and I know exactly what size to make every time with no surprises.  For tops and dresses the only change I ever have to make is to add length in the bodice. (Pants are another story and are my nemisis no matter what brand of pattern I use and always require various adjustments that I never feel I've quite figured out. But that's another story for another day)

The newest ITS pattern is the Gothenburg Top.  It's in the new size range of 00-40 A-DD and is a long sleeved funnel neck top with a gently dipping hem in the back that requires a structured knit to keep the neckline from collapsing.  Ponte, sweatshirting and... [read more]

Image saying "What are your favourite Sewing Communities?" with the text "Ask the Sewcialists" underneath.

Back in 2013 when Sewcialists was founded, the choice of online sewing communities was relatively limited. I remember Burda Style, Pattern Review, and lots of chatter on Twitter and Flickr. (If you were sewcialising online back then, I’d love to know which communities I’ve forgotten.) Nowadays though, there are sewing communities left, right and centre! Everything from big platforms to niche communities, and I think it’s a wonderful thing.

So today I’m asking: What are your favourite sewing communities? (Besides Sewcialists, of course!) I would love to hear in the comments where you connect with other sewists, go for advice and reviews, and feel at home. It could be specific Instagram accounts or Facebook groups, web-based communities, or groups you meet with in real life. I can’t wait to hear your answers!

Here are... [read more]

It's back to 1984 for me today -- the best year of the 80s -- all the best music was out, fashion was starting to really show the 80s aesthetic, and sewing patterns reflected some of that. I thrifted this c.1984 pattern a while ago, and it's been on my To-Make-List ever since. Style 4233 has a great silhouette, and I had just the right thrifted fabric to use for it!

This wasn't a very difficult project; the neckline was probably the most complicated bit, just trying to get the collar piece to wrap around to the back bodice correctly. Otherwise it's pretty simple, with the straightforward undarted skirt, and dolman sleeve bodice. 

The sleeve and the front neckline were what appealed to me most about the pattern when I saw it. The facing was a bit of a trick to get laying flat but a bit of clipping and pressing worked it out. The two buttons at the front opening are... [read more]

James loved the surprise pair of black twill “pandemic trousers” I made him so much that I offered to make him another pair in the fabric of his choice as a Christmas gift. He ended up choosing this deep red stretch velour from my stash that I’d bought from Ditto in Brighton just after Christmas in 2019.

James doesn’t enjoy modelling so part of his gift is that he doesn’t have to model these!

The pattern is the La Maison Victor “Jeff” pattern from their menswear special issue, and I’m sad to say it’s not available online, which is a shame because it’s a great, modern men’s trouser pattern and there’s a definite shortage of these in the pattern world.

The first change he requested from the previous pair were to change the shape of the pocket opening because his keys tended to fall out of the slant pockets when he sat on the sofa. This was an easy... [read more]

It seems like a while since I posted, but I’ve been busy, busy, busy sewing – it’s just been quite a lot of testing. I seem like I’m testing more than ever, which was not my intention, but the thing is that lots of my favourite companies are expanding their ranges into larger sizes and D cups, which is just too enticing an opportunity to turn down. I expect they will finish up this process this year sometime, but for now I continue to support those efforts. And I do, as you know, quite enjoy testing.

Anyway, this is not a testing project, but one of the new Seamwork patterns for March. As you also know if you read this blog a bit, I’m a Seamwork ambassador, which means I get the patterns early to sew up if I wish. I feel like I haven’t sewn one for a couple of months, but both this – the Seamwork Benning dress – as well as the other... [read more]

The Friday Pattern Company Sagebrush top is a puffed sleeve top with a keyhole/tie back and a ruffle on the front yoke. I’ve seen so many cute versions and I can’t resist a puffed sleeve or a ruffle. I decided to create a wearable muslin to see if I needed to make any fit changes. 

I used two different fabrics in my stash in two different colours of gingham. I think the fit is so very close. The shoulders are a great fit and that part I was worried about. I am okay with the back. There is some creasing on either side near the shoulders, but I don’t want to lose volume there and have it tough for me to put on and take off. I find the front doesn’t have the ease I want in it. It’s not tight, but not as loose as I want it there. Since the front is gathered, I will just add in a two inches or so to the centre front in the next version.

The pink... [read more]

Well, what a month it’s been in February! We launched Zero Waste month, with the hashtag #sewcialistszerowaste on Instagram, and are so excited with the way that the community has embraced this theme; it’s been so heartening that so many of you share our concern for the environment and sustainability and the enthusiasm for the creativity that comes from trying to not waste a scrap of fabric.

We’ve had a series of blog posts, podcasts with SewOrganisedStyle, and a plethora of instagram posts. We’ve loved how you’ve embraced the theme, got as excited as we are and discovered so many new zero waste patterns. We have well over 100 instagram posts tagged with the #sewcialistszerowaste which relate directly to our themes of zero/minimal waste, scrap busting and repurposing. That is so inspiring! Let’s have a look at some of the aspects covered:

Yesterday was Gina’s 12th birthday, and tomorrow is Odin’s 8th or 9th birthday, so we decided to celebrate both at the same time yesterday. They both got a little cake with a candle, and lots of freshly grilled steak. They were super stoked. This morning I took Odin for a “birthday” 2-mile walk. He is a happy, tired little Boog.

We will celebrate Azzie’s 9th birthday in April, with more cake, ice cream, and steak!

In memory of our sweet Hazel, and also to commemorate Gina’s 12th birthday (a HUGE milestone for a Bernese Mountain Dog) we planted our live “Christmas” tree. We called him Pepe the Pinon Pine. Long may he thrive and provide shelter to birds and shade to the humans and cats.

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Anna, Where Are You? / Patricia Wentworth
NY: HarperPerennial, 1991, c1951.
278 p.

Now this is a book with a tenuous connection to sewing; in fact, it's really more connected to embroidery - perfect for the last weekend of National Embroidery Month! But I just read it and really enjoyed it, and thought that other sewists may enjoy the mystery as well as the textile arts content.

This is a title in Wentworth's Miss Silver series. Although Wentworth is a little less well known than other Golden Age mystery writers like Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, or Margery Allingham, I think she's just as good. And she was very prolific, so I have a lot more of her writing ahead of me. Her amateur detective Miss Silver is an elderly, dowdy ex-governess who spends a lot of time knitting, but always figures out the crime. Her skill of observing while being ignored... [read more]

This pretty fabric caught my eye, with its mini-stripes and embroidered flowers. It is a shirting fabric, so it took me awhile to figure out how to use it.

Shirting is challenging to use if you prefer garments with drape. The only option is to pick a style that is somewhat close-fitting to keep to a silhouette with less volume.

The Pattern

I had McCalls 7390 on hand, a 2016 thrift shop purchase that I thought would work. On looking at it more closely, it is similar to Simplicity 1462 that I've made several times (here and here). I actually preferred the raglan sleeve on that, but I liked the longer length on the McCalls pattern, as well as the slight high-low hem and the bit of hemline flare shown on some views. Since it is easier to start with a pattern where you are familiar with the fit, I decided to add these elements to the Simplicity pattern, incorporating flare... [read more]

 Sneaking in another February post...I had so many plans for Black History Month Pattern Designers challenge (#BHMPatternDesigners) hosted by Nateida of Sew Natural Dane and Keira of Island Sewcialist, but had some decision fatigue and only ended up with one project. But it was a good one!

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Give your ironing board a little bling!
The best advice I can give to anyone who sews it to press as you go! Pressing the seams while constructing a garment will boost your ego 100%. It will also make whatever it is that you 
are creating look amazing. If you're looking for a laugh HERE is a post I did on ironing.

So this mini tutorial I show you how to recreate this mini cover but the process is the same for your regular size ironing board. I did a IG post o the large cover I did many years ago but the pictures are M.I.A. I wanted a mini board that I could put on my cutting table to use on smaller projects that require pressing. I purchased this table board from Walmart for  under $8.00, so this was a prefect price. Now don't get me wrong the cover that came with it will due just fine but once that gets Yucky you will want to change it up and that's where this... [read more]

Those wool pants from the other week got spot cleaned, and have done their duty. They go in the curtain lining zip bags I made for my woolies

Yes, these are curtain sheer liners, thrifted from the Valuable Village, french seamed so they won't unravel or snag, and closed with chunks of Make A Zipper.

These bags keep stuff dust free and not mildewed. 

I have lost a lot of wool items due to insects feeding on them.

Carpet beetle eating carpet moves forward and eats in a line.

Mostly beetles eat my clothes. 

At one point, I remember seeing a chart of how to identify which insect was doing the damage, based on what the hole looked like (dots or tunnel shapes)

This search for a wool eating pattern is not to be confused with

Silverfish holes: they have tiny mouths, so tiny holes

In the end, it... [read more]

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