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I hope this doesn't make you itchy looking at it lol. Do you cut the tags off your clothes? I've heard of some people putting band-aids over high end labels. I can't believe the amount of tags one clothing piece can come with nowadays. I know it's all about regulations but the excessiveness is almost certainly eventual garbage.


I had been saving tags from various articles of clothing I upcycled and finally decided to make something up with them or most of them anyway. I tried to make a checkerboard of sorts with lights and darks. No special brands in particular are being used. Most are vintage and information about the material contents/caring instructions.


The bag has is zippered, has two inner pockets and one on the outer front that stays shut with a button.


You can check out this upcycled tag bag in the shop: here

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You know those patterns that you see and just have to have? The Pretty Mercerie Sayan Blouse is one of them - maybe the one for me. It didn't matter that the instructions were in French, there was no PDF option available and the postage was close to astronomical: after seeing this version by @lamaisonsixchouettes I was totally sold. And after making it I can confidently say I have no regrets!
Pretty Mercerie Sayan Blouse
My pattern arrived quickly and was beautifully packaged, which softened the blow of international postage. I muddled my way through the instructions with the help of the Google Translate app, which translates the text it identifies in the pictures you take. This was smooth in the majority, particularly considering that 'sewing speak' doesn't always translate so well! The construction is fairly straightforward and the illustrations are a... [read more]



As some of you will know I'm a gardener who often disappears from the blogosphere during the summer months. Summer is for the foxgloves, winter for the thimbles. Except, this year we had what felt like a never ending summer, followed by an Indian summer, and then some more fine days. Less sewing, but lots of outdoor fun!
On one of these glorious days in early autumn we were invited to a garden party in the woods.

I always struggle when part of the dress code says casual. Casual, casual chic, business casual....Definitely not a party dress and heels, but also not my lawn mowing-type casual outfit. Invite me for a formal event and I immediately start planning and sewing an outfit, but I've been terrible at this casual stuff all my life.
For this occasion inspiration finally came from a piece of floral fabric.




A scuba knit with a pretty digital rose print on... [read more]
Sewing of The Snakeskin Sequin Pant Set —
— In this weeks video, (https://youtu.be/Lgs5jq6mEUw) I show the full details of how I sewed my sequin pant set for a runway fashion show. We shared our style aesthetic during the annual Holiday Celebration of our sewing group. The Set was sewn using a Snakeskin, Python, Stretch Sequin Tulle. My style aesthetic is BoHo and Urban Chic as it is my desire to always feel comfortably dressed while exhibiting a little flare, with no fuss. Pattern Details: Pants- Self Drafted, Top- Self Drafted Sobo Premium Craft & Fabric Glue-8oz https://amzn.to/2QlW53G (Affiliate) Gingher Scissors: https://amzn.to/2Ungdkp Gingher 8-Inch Knife Edge Dressmaker's Shears FABric Details: Reptile Print Stretch Sequin Tulle- Sew Much Fabric- (bit.ly/ReptileStretchSequin) Supplies Used: Painters Tape to secure the leather: ScotchBlue... [read more]
Sewing of The Snakeskin Sequin Pant Set —
— In this weeks video, (https://youtu.be/Lgs5jq6mEUw) I show the full details of how I sewed my sequin pant set for a runway fashion show. We shared our style aesthetic during the annual Holiday Celebration of our sewing group. The Set was sewn using a Snakeskin, Python, Stretch Sequin Tulle. My style aesthetic is BoHo and Urban Chic as it is my desire to always feel comfortably dressed while exhibiting a little flare, with no fuss. Pattern Details: Pants- Self Drafted, Top- Self Drafted Sobo Premium Craft & Fabric Glue-8oz https://amzn.to/2QlW53G (Affiliate) Gingher Scissors: https://amzn.to/2Ungdkp Gingher 8-Inch Knife Edge Dressmaker's Shears FABric Details: Reptile Print Stretch Sequin Tulle- Sew Much Fabric- (bit.ly/ReptileStretchSequin) Supplies Used: Painters Tape to secure the leather: ScotchBlue... [read more]

So, the item I started on my 2018 Make Nine list is the one that ended up being the last one to get completed. Yeah...how about that?

I started this pullover around new year last year, chose it because it was cool but mainly because it was a simple knit and given my lack of experience, I needed the practice...or rather, I wanted the practice because I wanted to learn to knit.


The whole thing started with me being in Antwerp, Belgium beginning of December last year and wanting to bring back a piece of fabric. I went around a few shops and didn't find anything appealing enough that I just had to have (and I thought the struggle was only here in Norway...), so I started looking at yarn, you know...because I wanted to improve my knitting skills.

I found this fluffy bouncy merino wool in the nicest color. It looks like powder pink... [read more]

When the most recent Ottobre Magazine shipped out, the “Autumn Warmer” hoodie stood out to all three of us as a “must make” for fall. There is something about the style that just about manages to make a hoodie into something chic! For those of you that have been hesitant to get into pattern magazines (like Megan was), Ottobre is a great introduction to that style of pattern delivery. The women’s issue delivers twice a year and has a manageable amount of patterns that are nicely designed: elevated basics. Even better, nearly all (if not all) patterns in each issue are available in Ottobre’s full size range.

This pattern can be found in issue 5/2018. Unfortunately you can’t buy it as a stand alone PDF pattern, but you can order the issue with all 20 patterns for EUR 10.75 on their website.

The Autumn Warmer Hoodie features:

50s Style Halterneck Dress

I’m amazed that I haven’t gotten around to blogging about this halterneck dress already; I finished it on 1st November! But that’s ok, I’ve given…

The post 50s Style Halterneck Dress appeared first on Thimble End.


Another adorable sweater for my cute mom...
it was her birthday a few weeks back, hence this Bellavista sweater and the Toaster Sweater from last week.
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Top 5 oF 2018!

2018 has been an exciting year here at the Sewcialists, so let’s dig into some highlights! 

Our first full year since the reboot! 

Sewcialists was first founded in 2013, but I rebooted it in June 2017 with a fresh vision to be a sewing blog for everyone — somewhere that many voices are represented, where we talk about identity and inclusion as well as doing fun sewing challenges together! 2018 has been our first full year, and I’m proud that we’ve posted 3 posts every single week, and hosted Sew Stripes, Sewcialists Love MMMay, Sew Style Hero, and Sustainable Sewing theme months! 

Our Editorial Team

This June, 5 fantastic people stepped up to become Sewcialists Editors! It takes a lot of work behind the scenes to keep everything rolling, and I literally could not do it without the support of permanent editors Chloe, Becky, and  Anya,... [read more]



In 2019 we’d like to organize a #freesewing #meetup to discuss the future of @freesewing_org, exchange ideas and experiences. The invitation is open to everyone, so sharing = ❤️ ☝️ More info: See link in bio https://ift.tt/2G6Et6Y

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ประโยชน์จากไฟเบอร์ที่คุณอาจจะไม่รู้

ในยุคนี้นั้นการที่เราเลือกรับประทานอาหารที่ดีและมีประโยชน์นั้นก็ถือเป็นอีกหนึ่งสิ่งที่สำคัญเป็นอย่างมากเลยนะครับ เพราะการที่เราเลือกกินแต่ของที่ดีๆ นั้นก็ย่อมจะทำให้สุขภาพและร่างกายของเรานั้นมีความแข็งแรงเป็นอย่างมากนั่นเอง แถมในยุคนี้ทุกวันนี้นั้น ทุกคนส่วนใหญ่ก็มักจะเข้ามาดูแลรักษาสุขภาพกันเป็นอย่างมากเลย โดยการที่เราเลือกที่จะทำให้ร่างกายของเรามีสุขภาพที่ดีนั้น หรือทำให้ร่างกายของเราดูกระชับขึ้น เพื่อที่จะได้รับมือวันใหม่ๆ ได้นั้น ก็ย่อมจะเป็นอีกหนึ่งสิ่งที่จะตอบโจทย์กับความต้องการได้เป็นอย่างดีนั่นเอง ฉะนั้นแล้วในการดูแลอาหารการกินเป็นหลักนั้นก็ย่อมจะเป็นสิ่งที่จะทำให้ร่างกายของเรามีความแข็งแรงเป็นอย่างมาก... [read more]

You can, with careful time management, use a Bluprint one week free trial EVEN IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A CRAFTSY account.

Plan open time.
Plan snacks and beverages. 
Start your free week.
Set a reminder in your calendar as to when to cancel your free trial.
Watch the hell out of the classes.

You won't be able to keep watching them later, but you can download the printed information for the classes while you are in them.

They will want you to make an account and they will want a credit card number. They are counting on you forgetting to cancel, and maybe you'll want to keep going 
(I did this with the Met Opera HD channel, I'm a sucker, and it worked out pretty well until it didn't and then I stopped)

Before we go any further, I'd like to plug Kenneth King's fancy fabrics class, as well as Melissa Fehr's activewear class. You can never go wrong with the... [read more]

The Snowball high neck dress from Waffle Patterns was already on my 2017MakeNine and my 2018MakeNine sewing wish list. When I first saw this pattern back in August 2016, I was charmed by the lines and the shape. I immediately bought the pattern and then it got pushed to the back of my mind… like so many things.
I don’t know how your sewing mind works—hmm, I don’t even know how mine works!— but it was the sew frosting challenge that made me think about this pattern again. In fact, I wanted to sew it out of the piece of Mahlia Kent fabric I have (one hundred percent frosting!) but I didn’t have enough fabric. Then I thought I could make a wearable muslin out of this metallic fabric to see how the fit went. Maybe I had to take in some seams and then I still could use the Mahlia Kent fabric. As you can see, that didn’t happen.

snowball high neck dress waffle patterns

 

The Snowball... [read more]

Hi!

Thanks for joining me…I’m so excited to share this make with you as I’m incredibly proud – and somewhat relieved – to have made it! Making a fully lined coat has been on my ‘skills list’ for ages. Y’see, to my mind, it had always seemed like one of those highly impressive and unfeasibly difficult sewing projects; something only a ‘real’ sewist makes. And now I’ve done it, I’m happy to report it’s really not that hard at all! We can all make one! This is the ‘Minoru’ Raincoat / Jacket by Sewaholic...

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Making the Deer & Doe ‘Luzerne’ trench coat recently, which is finished with bias binding internally, gave me the hunger to step up and tackle a full lining. No handstitching, I wanted to learn to do it all by machine. The Minoru Jacket seemed like a good option as it has also has some other great features, most notably the hood... [read more]

I just wanted to let you know about the changes going on in Youtube that will make it easier for you all to know what's happening with the videos.

YouTube now, has a very nice new Community Tab that makes it easier for you all to see updates from me, outside of just regular videos.  You should check it out, and leave me your feedback over there to let me know what you think.  Join the conversation: bit.ly/YT-CommunityTab
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The Hat Pattern for our December Holiday SewAlong is almost ready!  Join in the sewing fun with me live on, Saturday night, December 22nd at 8pm Central time.  You will have more information for downloading the free pattern on Saturday if you tune in, otherwise, it'll show up here on the blog the following week before the SewAlong.

Checkout the latest video: https://goo.gl/dVUL4M

Misty Top... [read more]
I just wanted to let you know about the changes going on in Youtube that will make it easier for you all to know what's happening with the videos.

YouTube now, has a very nice new Community Tab that makes it easier for you all to see updates from me, outside of just regular videos.  You should check it out, and leave me your feedback over there to let me know what you think.  Join the conversation: bit.ly/YT-CommunityTab
Subscribe to stay informed:  https://goo.gl/MFPTgO

The Hat Pattern for our December Holiday SewAlong is almost ready!  Join in the sewing fun with me live on, Saturday night, December 22nd at 8pm Central time.  You will have more information for downloading the free pattern on Saturday if you tune in, otherwise, it'll show up here on the blog the following week before the SewAlong.

Checkout the latest video: https://goo.gl/dVUL4M

Misty Top... [read more]
A quick hello 👋🏾. SewToFit Live —
— 🔴Live hello 👋🏾 https://youtu.be/uPHua5gXgZw Blog- https://ift.tt/2nOfivZ Misty Top Pattern: http://shrsl.com/1b951 Misty Top Sew-Along: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeGwfW96f3jUXLR591JnhabQ1wMqSc4MZ Pant Fitting Playlist: http://bit.ly/PantFitting ************* What I’m wearing: Dolman top from the last pattern development. See the video- https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=Fpwnj4SRzcE ************* My Sewing Room Tools: https://ift.tt/2Q0wrxB My Favorite online Courses—. https://ift.tt/2SccTXV ***NOTICE****. This is not a sponsored video. In order to help fund my channel, I may sometimes use links that may be affiliates, which means I may receive a small commission for helping you find the things I use in my space and on my videos. If you choose to buy something by following the link, it doesn't cost you anything extra at all. —
A quick hello 👋🏾. SewToFit Live —
— 🔴Live hello 👋🏾 https://youtu.be/uPHua5gXgZw Blog- https://ift.tt/2nOfivZ Misty Top Pattern: http://shrsl.com/1b951 Misty Top Sew-Along: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeGwfW96f3jUXLR591JnhabQ1wMqSc4MZ Pant Fitting Playlist: http://bit.ly/PantFitting ************* What I’m wearing: Dolman top from the last pattern development. See the video- https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=Fpwnj4SRzcE ************* My Sewing Room Tools: https://ift.tt/2Q0wrxB My Favorite online Courses—. https://ift.tt/2SccTXV ***NOTICE****. This is not a sponsored video. In order to help fund my channel, I may sometimes use links that may be affiliates, which means I may receive a small commission for helping you find the things I use in my space and on my videos. If you choose to buy something by following the link, it doesn't cost you anything extra at all. —
I finally made this pattern!  I have had it printed for some time and finally taped all the pieces together.  I am normally a "Team Trace" for pdf patterns because I like to pin fit patterns and copy paper does not work well for this fitting technique.  I decided I would go with the finished measurements for size 10 and 12. 

That worked pretty well, however, I think I probably could go with an 8 in shoulder/upper chest area.  ended up shaving off 3/8 inch from shoulder width and I think I could shave off another 1/4 inch.  My back is fairly narrow and with all patterns-indies or Big 4, the back is always too wide or full.  I ended up shaving off a 1/2 inch from each back side seams which makes it about an inch reduction.  This worked well for my back fitting.

I used the size 10 for upper chest and shoulder tapering to size 12 from underarm to bottom. I... [read more]
I started a post last week to talk about irons and how I truly love  loved my Reliable Iron

that I purchased July 2017 from Amazon.  $169 is pretty steep yet I had seen it in use and decided I could afford it.

I really did like this iron as the steam feature is excellent.  It has an auto shut off feature that you can override as well, which I did when I was sewing.

Then Sunday, I was pressing some seams and the iron began to make a strange sound, similar to the sound it makes when the water reservoir is almost empty.  Yet this was not empty. I picked it up and the sound stopped and I set it back down.

I then went to my serger to sew and a light placed near my serger began to flicker as did the overhead light.  That was strange.  Then my iron started flashing the steam LED lights and making a noise.  I turned off the iron and the lights stopped flashing.  The iron is... [read more]

Bright red cashmere!

We had a jaunt into Brum this afternoon, a military operation, with the missus dropping me at the Fancy Silk Store while she parked, meeting me in the rag market while I found a zip, then a DELICIOUS lunch at Cafe Rouge, fast shopping for veggies while rain PELTED down, then round to Barry’s, gently steaming, to get high quality interfacing, shoulder pads, and thread.

BRILLIANT!

The cashmere was pricey of course, but meant to be.  I’d set my heart on bright red wool, and when I browsed through the miles of yards on offer, there it was.  And EXACTLY the length I needed left on the bolt.  Right next to the coat fabrics, of course there are all those delicious high quality shot paisley linings, and I chose gold shot with red.  Drama!

The other thing my black and withered heart required was [mock] astrakhan for the collar and cuffs, but the... [read more]

Life hasn't all been velvet coats and luxury lately. I also made some time to sew a few basics! Another thing that had been on my mind was a simple straight button-front skirt, sort of like a jean skirt. I was about to start searching for a pattern when I remembered I could mess with the Moss skirt and make it happen!


This was an easy alteration: I indicated the center front on the pattern pieces and added some width to create a cut on placket. These were then folded over and topstitched in place before constructing everything else. This worked out really well, but next time I would construct the pockets first so the edges are caught in the placket! I kind of forgot about that.


I had recently used this pattern for this dungaree dress and thought I'd be fine size-wise, but when I tried the skirt on before attaching the waistband it was too big in the... [read more]
You have to love a Victorian spring.  35oC one day, snowing on the mountains the next.  Considering the summer we are likely to get, I relished the cool weather while it lasted. Today is back up to 37, but the brief reprieve got me thinking about starting a jumper (sweater) for next winter. I’m a very ...
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