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Plaid always surfaces in the fall, but there seems to be more around than usual--thanks to shackets, perhaps? But this flannelette looked like it would make a cozy dress, so I gave it a try.



The Pattern...s

I had an idea to sew fancy patterns in casual fabrics to avoid having clothes in my closet that don't get a lot of wear. I liked the retro feel of the collar on McCalls 6833 dated 2013, and planned to go with a longer, full skirt and elbow-length sleeves. I've had problems with this kind of bodice before though, which gives an odd, droopy look to the bust. I tried many things to fix this: I changed the dart to gathers, then to multiple darts. I redrafted the top altogether with princess seams. Nothing worked!

I then bought Butterick 5556, a 1955 reprint, thinking the minimal seams would equal minimal problems. My muslin was puzzling though, because I wasn't... [read more]

I've got quite a quick little post for you today as I've already talked about this pattern twice before. But I wanted to share with you my winter version of the Wilder Gown from Friday Pattern Company. The rave reviews of this pattern drew me to it when it was first released but at that time oversized smock designs were quite a departure from my normal style (now I'm ALL about them!). I tentatively dipped my toe in the water by making the top first and loved the straightforward construction and fit which was more slim around the shoulders and upper chest than I expected. I think it is this fit around the upper portion of the body which prevents me from feeling swamped in fabric when wearing the dress as everything sits really nicely and the swooshy movement all happens from below the chest down.

Diary of a Chain Stitcher: Friday Pattern Company Wilder Gown in Gingham Wool Gauze from The Fabric Store

I first made the dress variation of this pattern this... [read more]

Red ponte long flowing jacket - CSews.com

I am still working on sewing from my stash – slowly getting to my 30-yard goal as part of the Whole 30 Fabric Challenge. I started this challenge back in July. The idea is to sew 30 yards of fabric before you buy any more fabric. I bought about 3 yards of red ponte in New York a few years ago and I decided that I needed to sew it up. I found the Madison Cardigan pattern by Style Sew Me. The pattern envelope says Madison Cardigan but the website says “Madison Waterfall Long Cardigan,” which is a better description. Ponte was a suggested fabric. Perfect.

I decided to skip making a mock-up because I didn’t want to buy any more ponte. So I threw caution to the wind and just went ahead and cut size L (bust 39.5″/100.5 cm, hip 41.5″ 105.5 cm). The pattern size range goes from x-small to 3X (bust 32″/51 cm, hip 54″/137 cm).

I didn’t measure the pattern pieces or... [read more]

I decided to create an ombre Christmas tree using nothing but Dollar Store ornaments. Not even interesting ornaments; just balls. Inexpensive? Yep. Simple? Yep. The results? Well, take a look for yourself.

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Save 15% on Black Friday with code 15ONFRIDAY at Organic Cotton Plus

If you're a long-time reader, you may recall a few posts I did for Organic Cotton Plus, most recently this wool felt tote bag. I am a HUGE natural fibers nerd, and since that's all OCP carries, it was always a match made in heaven! Naturally, I was super excited when they reached out to me again for another collaboration. Today's post is all about a cool product that I'd never used before, washable paper!

Washable paper is also known as "vegan leather" and is made from pulp. It is sewable with a regular machine, and in fact I even used a small needle by accident without issue. Washing and crinkling the paper gives it a distressed finish that resembles leather. My first idea was to use a small piece as a tag for the back of some Ginger Jeans. Here is the paper sewn to the jeans... [read more]

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After I cut my Mandy Boat Tee from my letter print fabric last week, I had a wide strip left over along the bottom. Plus a half width chunk that was left from the section where the sleeves were cut. I was able to join those two half strips and then use the two pieces together, so I wouldn't waste anything from this amazing fabric. 

I decided that because the leftover bits were so wide (around 8" deep) I'd make an infinity scarf. I can wear it with the original top, or to jazz up other outfits. I used the same procedure as my last set of infinity scarves way back in 2016. This is a super quick project to use up leftover knits, and I wear scarves a lot so it's perfect for me.

Also, I hate wasting fabric, especially when I really love it! Now I have just a couple of odd shaped scraps of a few inches left, much more satisfying :) 

This is also a great... [read more]

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When swapping over my wardrobe from summer to winter recently, I realised that I have way too many clothes. Even after getting rid of 8(!!) bags to the charity shop collection, I still have a full wardrobe full of clothes that I adore and really want to wear. Which is great, but it means that I don’t really need to sew much, and I started thinking more on what I should make that would really serve a function, and trying to concentrate on needs rather than wants.

One of the needs I recognised over the summer is that I don’t really have any small bags that I can take with me when I cycle, when I don’t want to carry a full bag, and what I’m wearing doesn’t have enough secure pockets. So I settled on a waist pack (aka “bum bag” or “fanny pack”) but one that I could sew in a more casual fabric so it’d look nice when I arrived, rather than screaming “I cycled... [read more]

As we near the end of 2021, it is interesting to note that there are currently over two million podcasts and over 48 million podcast episodes. Those numbers are incredible on their own, but when you realize that just 4 years ago, there were “only” a little more than half a million podcasts, the growth is astonishing. Those numbers might make you think that the podcast market is saturated, but that is definitely not the case. 

The growth of available podcasts is driven by the increase in interest. More and more people are tuning in to the phenomenon as they explore the vast podcast topics available to them.

Despite the number of podcasts being broadcast today, there is still plenty of room for newcomers to the market. Just as there are many websites for every imaginable interest, there’s room for podcasts in even the tiniest of niches. 

To prove... [read more]

 I missed these patterns at Joanns in October, or maybe they are just gift sewing choices

Kind of two classic Joker looks for the comic books

The Care Bears?  Is this a New Generation thing? Why do they have Shrek ears? (there is no licensed Shrek pattern btw)

They had a pattern line
There was a whole series of them. This is not my copy. I have one of these  patterns, but I am too damn lazy to go dig up the photo or dig the pattern out and take another photo. Someone had an entire set at Value Village and it blew my mind. I could only take one.

there is a three piece face mask pattern included. It's tempting if it goes on the big sale


Of course, the Child, DBA Grogu.

this is creepy. It really is.

I can see buying this.

But what did come home with me was a yard of this 'retro' Darth print.


Okay, I see this as Pride Vader. He spent his youth trying... [read more]

Deer & Doe has just released their first patterns in their new extended size range, and they offered copies to the Curvy Sewing Collective for review. I’m so excited for the opportunity to sew and review the Sirocco Jumpsuit! I’ve been in love with the pattern ever since seeing Michelle’s review a couple years ago, but I’ve been a good bit outside their size range until now. I’m happy to see another pattern company joining the ranks of indie pattern companies with expanded size ranges, especially one with such a big presence in the online sewing community.

Pattern Name

Deer & Doe Sirocco Jumpsuit

Size Range

With the size range update, Deer & Doe is now offering their updated patterns in two different ranges: 34-48 and 46-60, so there are two sizes that overlap in both ranges. Here is the size chart for the new 46-60... [read more]

 

Ralph Rucci: the Art of Weightlessness
New Haven, CT: Yale UP, c2007.
224 p.

Today's feature is an exhibition catalogue with more than 150 images and essays by Valerie Steele, Patricia Mears, and Clare Sauro. It's called Ralph Rucci: the Art of Weightlessness, and is an oversize hardcover book. Just as elaborate and expensive as his clothing requires! 

There are three essays about his beginnings and way of working, his techniques and artistry, and a finisher talking about accessories. 

Interspersed are large photos of some of the garments mentioned, and those which show off the specific techniques he is known for. I found it worked very well together -- the images are so large and close up that you really gain an understanding of how his ideas and theories come to life in actual cloth. Books are good for this - going in depth and giving you the time... [read more]

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 Heeey Friends


As always I am so so so excited to share with you my organic raw Denim HalfMoon Atelier 101 Jeans with Sashiko inspired embroidery detail. This was my first time working with raw denim and it will also be my first pair of raw denim jeans. I feel so cool all of a sudden. Lol.

 

The denim itself has an awesome saturated indigo color and as is typical with denim has a white-is underside. Unlike most jeans these days, this denim has absolutely no stretch, so I made sure not to pick a skinny jeans pattern.



I don’t know exactly what weight this demin is, but compared to other denim in my wardrobe, I would classify this as light to medium weight. This is denim from Mind the Maker and I’ve sewn with other Mind the Maker brand fabrics before, so I knew this was going to be quality and quite frankly it didn’t disappoint. Because its raw, I... [read more]
Diary of a Chain Stitcher: McCalls 7969 in Moss Green Linen from The New Craft House

I'm back...with a completely seasonably inappropriate dress! I made and photographed this dress way back in August and it became such a favourite over the last few weeks of summer that I decided it was too good not to share. Plus when the thing I like least about sewing and blogging is taking the photos and I've actually gone to the effort to take some I'm going to share them!

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I finished my project for the Literary Sewing Circle, the Sun Down Motel round! I nearly didn't, because I was waffling between inspirations for this book's project -- I wasn't sure if I wanted to make something more 80s inspired from the 80s storyline (my fave), but this fabric was on my mind from the beginning. So I decided to use it! My first plan of making a Burda swing top didn't work, as I had just too little fabric, so I went for another oversized tee pattern, the free Mandy Boat Tee from Tessuti, which I've made before. It's quite a boxy shape, as you can tell here, but in a light stretchy knit like this one it falls nicely.

The sewing inspo for this one comes from the description of Carly in the contemporary storyline, always dressed like a student in jeans, a tee and a 'stretched out hoodie'. However, my style only extends to the tee... [read more]

 I am in the process of moving! Zero time to sew! Hopefully back in December.

I love a handmade holiday decoration that is both unique and simple. It conveys an uncomplicated feeling of warmth and whimsy. This mini paper … More mini paper christmas tree »

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Today I wanted to clear up a little confusion around the content in our new “Activewear Sewing for Beginners” eBook and our best-selling “Sew Your Own Activewear” book, as some people may think that they’re the same thing – and they’re totally not!! In particular, topics that only got a sentence or two in “Sew Your Own Activewear” due to publishing page constraints go a lot more in depth in “Activewear Sewing for Beginners” with photos and diagrams to make things even clearer for those who’ve never sewn activewear or worked with stretch fabrics before.

But let’s break down a side-by-side comparison of what’s in each…

Format

“Activewear Sewing for Beginners” – digital-only
“Sew Your Own Activewear” – digital and paperback

Audience

“Activewear Sewing for Beginners” – Beginner sewists
“Sew Your Own Activewear” – Intermediate... [read more]

I still remember the first day my husband and I became empty-nesters. We went out to dinner and were literally raising our glasses in … More home office makeover – from safe to stunning »

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I wanted to try and make a different type of jacket from the last ones I made. The kimono open cardigan styles I made earlier this year. So I found this Butterick pattern for a patchwork jacket and tried it out. 


The patchwork as shown in their photos does not actually have a pattern. Rather you're supposed to do that yourself and then cut it out as if it were whole fabric. I actually thought the patchwork would be done for you and was looking forward to trying it out. It ended up being fine though since I mainly just wanted the sizing reference and could do my own patchwork. I added a poly lining to the front and back (not in the sleeves). As well as inner pockets that should be able to fit your phone if you need. I also added a snap closure at the neckline instead of the pattern suggested button and loop.

You can check out the jacket for complete... [read more]
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