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Hello all...  It is that time again.  My sewing room is, again, back in disarray.  I am focusing on the carpet, mainly, at this time.  However, in order to do the flooring, I need and must remove everything that takes up floor space.  I want you to join in once again, as I attempt to get this place the way I want.  The first in a series is up on my channel.  Carpet and Flooring: Sewing Room Decorating Series

The last sewing room tour I did was back in 2016 when I participated in a spring cleaning blog hop.  Last year, I also did another studio tour (2017) on video, showing the horrible condition of my sewing room.  It has been a long while since I shared. Maintaining that "blog look" is very difficult.  If you look at Pinterest, you could end up with "comparisitus" (my new word) and develop feelings that something is wrong with your own space.  However,... [read more]
Hello all...  It is that time again.  My sewing room is, again, back in disarray.  I am focusing on the carpet, mainly, at this time.  However, in order to do the flooring, I need and must remove everything that takes up floor space.  I want you to join in once again, as I attempt to get this place the way I want.  The first in a series is up on my channel.  Carpet and Flooring: Sewing Room Decorating Series

The last sewing room tour I did was back in 2016 when I participated in a spring cleaning blog hop.  Last year, I also did another studio tour (2017) on video, showing the horrible condition of my sewing room.  It has been a long while since I shared. Maintaining that "blog look" is very difficult.  If you look at Pinterest, you could end up with "comparisitus" (my new word) and develop feelings that something is wrong with your own space.  However,... [read more]
Recently I drafted a pair of cycling bib shorts and have found them so great to wear. They have become my favourites and wear them in preference to the elastic waist type shorts. That’s my excuse to make another pair and a tank top to wear with them. These were made for PR’s mini-wardrobe contest ...
Today I've got my tester version of one of the latest patterns from Tilly and the Buttons, the Ness skirt... and a giveaway, too!


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Vintage floral mother daughter dresses on Tuesday Stitches

I suppose now that Fall has well and truly set in that it’s about time I get a blog post up about my favorite Spring and Summer outfits! I made my dress in time for Passover/Easter this year and finished Evelyn’s matching dress in time for us both to wear them for her birthday the next month. Words cannot describe how much I love our outfits! This dress is seriously everything I love in a dress – pattern clashing, bright colors, bold florals, empire waist, sundress and apparently even ruffles (a trend I was very late to jump onto but I seem to have embraced wholeheartedly).

Vintage Simplicity 6184 spring floral dress

For Evelyn’s dress I used Simplicity 6184 from 1983 (though it could easily be from any number of decades). Since I cut and sewed my dress fist, Evie’s dress fabric choices were constrained by what I could fit on the scraps I had left and between our dresses I pretty much exactly used up what... [read more]

Here we are with my Itch to Stitch Bonn Shirt made with Simply By Ti’s Stretch Poplin** I don’t think I’ve sewn a blouse that was easier to make. After muslining the bodice I shortened things up to fit me and it was smooth sailing from there. The Bonn pattern instructions are super easy to … Continue reading Bonn Shirt – featuring Simply By Ti Stretch Poplin

According to our annual survey, only 43% of you follow us on Instagram… so I thought you blog-only folks might like an update on what you are missing!

(Don’t worry, you will always get the most important content by reading the blog — that’s our focus. There are some fun extras on Instagram though!) 

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Core Content: We post Monday, Wednesday and Friday about the new posts up on the blog. We also post in stories about new content, which lets you swipe up and be directed straight to the post. It’s a handy way to read our content on the go!

Ask The Sewcialists: On Saturdays, we often have a discussion question — and wow, the comments come in thick and fast! So far we’ve discussed topics like following “body doubles”, plus-size refashioning, which serger to buy, and how to print PDF patterns from a tablet. If you have a question, send us a DM on... [read more]

Wanna see something ridiculously unseasonable? Well here's the folksy dress I made during the heatwave we were having a few months ago. [At this point in time the summer of 2018 is already feeling like one of those things I'm gonna be banging on about until I'm 98, "Oh come here and sit on Nanas knee and let her tell you all about the summer of 2018 where she didn't wear tights for months
Yes, it’s true!  In the early hours of this morning, my first email received, I heard from another generous DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2018 PRIZE SPONSOR!  (As usual, click on their names for a “bee-line” to their shops!) Style Arc   Style ARC joins our other generous PRIZE SPONSORS … Andrie Designs Emmaline Bags @FiberstoFabric (Instagram) Funky Monkey […]


I'm back today to share a fun update with my local readers about a holiday pop-up shop coming up on Sunday October 28th in Novi. I'll be partnering with a friend and local Beautycounter representative to showcase our items for anyone interested in getting an early start on their holiday shopping lists this season. This pop-up event will be at private residence so if you are interested in going, please send us a message on our Facebook page to get the full details! The event will run from 11am - 1pm.

I'm super excited to be participating in the first pop-up of the season. I will be sharing more updates on new items in the Lina and Vi shop later this week. With the holiday shopping season coming up, I have been spending a lot of time sewing up new bundles of burlap zipper pouches so they are gift-ready for the special person in your life who loves... [read more]

I thought it was kind of funny that the one part of the reference photo I didn’t even attempt was my own tattooed arm! Haha! It was such a small drawing (see my thumb for reference), and I didn’t know how to even start it. But don’t take that to mean I don’t love my sleeve, I do! But how do I draw that? No idea.

The other night Jason asked me what my current Inktober prompt was, and I told him it was “guarded”.

“I don’t know what to draw,” I said. “Maybe one of the guards who stand outside Buckingham Palace?”

He took out of his phone, and I thought he was going to look up a photo of a palace guardsman. Instead, he pointed the phone at me. “You should draw this,” he said. “The way Finnegan is always laying on you. He’s guarding you!”

Sure enough, he does look like he’s guarding me all the time. He’s such a good baby. I call him my “soul-mate dog”. He takes... [read more]

Thank you to Measure Fabric for providing the chambray for this tutorial! 

Since I've made about a hundred Rae skirts with this modification, and I'm clearly obsessed, I thought I might as well make a little tutorial for it! It's a simple change that I love; it dresses the skirt up a little bit but maintains the original flirty silhouette. I used a denim-colored chambray from Measure Fabric for a casual look but you can dress this silhouette up or down--basically all of my skirts are some variation of the Rae at this point! This tutorial is for literally the exact way I make this version of the Rae, so it's not necessarily the exact right way to do it, just how I personally do it, lazy shortcuts and all. You've been warned!

By the way, you don't need the Rae skirt pattern for this tutorial, you could use any number of similar elastic waist skirts... [read more]

A few weeks ago J and I took a long weekend away in Amsterdam, but the majority of these patterns actually came from a different trip he’d made for work a few weeks earlier. It turns out that the newsagent inside Rotterdam station is a haven of sewing pattern magazines, who knew?? So rather than do a post on each of these, I thought I’d pull out my highlights, and take the chance again to explain how accessible the pattern sheets and instructions are for non-Dutch speakers…

Leuke Snelle 14

To be perfectly honest, I didn’t think much of this one from the cover. But by the time I’d told J to just leave it, he’d already bought it and was out of the shop.

And oh god it’s bad. So bad. I don’t know how they managed to go back to late 1990s Bulgaria to do these shoots…

Seriously, this is unforgivably bad. There’s no way I will ever make something, nor... [read more]

Have you ever heard of David Kibbe’s body type system? He published a book in 1987, but like “having your colours done”, it’s back in fashion! (Is this only in my world that those two are trendy again? Maybe!)

The assumption of the system is that we are all a mix ofYang (soft)  and Yin (angular) features. In between those two extremes there are a spectrum of categories, and once you figure out your type, Kibbe lays out style advice.

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Image from Aly Art

I found out about Kibbe from YouTube, and I think that’s a great way to learn about it… so if you are interested, check out the following figure out your own type!

The thing is, the test seemed to say I belonged in a Theatrical Romantic style that didn’t suit me at all – girly and soft and monochromatic. That doesn’t sound like me, does it?... [read more]

Hi Sewists! It’s Gem from Bobbins and Bolts again, and I’m here to talk to you about choosing patterns for more sustainable sewing to hopefully inspire you ready for the Sustainable Sewing Theme Month. There are lots of reasons why people choose to be more sustainable in their sewing; for me it’s a combination of wanting to get away from the way the fast fashion industry treats its employees, to do a little more for the environment, and to save money too! Choosing patterns carefully can help you to achieve this, so here’s a few ideas that might appeal to you.

Scrapbusters

I’m a self-confessed scrap hoarder. I started off my sewing life as a quilter and the mentality of saving even the smallest of scraps never really left me. In the past couple of years, I’ve limited myself to never keeping scraps smaller than 10cm square to prevent myself... [read more]

Conservation Practice
http://www.musee-mccord.qc.ca/en/conservation/in-fine-feather-the-conservation-of-a-balenciaga-dress/

Doing the practice is the journey that is the work

https://www.instagram.com/violincase/

Hilary Hahn's Violincase: 

Official. Creator of #100daysofpractice. Violincase of touring 3x-Grammy-winning violin soloist Hilary Hahn. 

A brief conversation on IG that I had with Professor KDKing, about who succeeds and who doesn't, led to two book suggestions

http://geoffcolvin.com/books/talent-is-overrated/
Colvin is an editor at Fortune, ho hum, but the summary is the point: it's about putting in the time, not what you bring to it.

I know, this seems so sad. I've bored you with the schpiel about the potter who makes a living at it from my college classes, 
AND IT'S TRUE.


Well hello there everyone, guess who's been working a lot. Nope it's not Froggie. In fact he suddenly disappeared yesterday when I needed to hand sew two sets of shoulder pads in two dresses.  I don't keep you around just for your looks Frog!  You'd better get to covering a 3rd pair of pads while I finally write a blog post.  On a related note working on 3 garments simultaneously can be fun....except for that part where you have to cover and sew in 3 sets of shoulder pads in two days.  *And no, shoulder pads are not optional in my sewing room. No Saggy Shoulders!

I'd planned on getting my last summer garment posted in September, but pesky things like feeding my family, cleaning their clothing and sleeping took my available free time.  Desmond might have licked a few classmates and brought some germs home as well. (Confession - he probably didn't lick... [read more]

 

I’ve been holding on to this jacket for about a month now, waiting for the new owner to come and collect!  And the fabric’s been hanging around even longer!  If you’ve been following for a while, you’d have seen I started a Work in Progress Wednesday post, and the inner workings of this jacket were the very first of those!  Now you get to see the finished article, worn by Daughter No 1.  The pattern used is Moto Jacket 105 from September 2017.

 

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Linton biker jacket

I am so glad that I used a different fabric on the inside of the cuffs, waistband, ollar and for the facings.  Daughter No 1 likes to wear the jacket with the cuffs rolled up once, so you get to see the black fabric.  It has a line of sparkle through it so it’s a little something different.  I also love the silver zippers and snaps, they work brilliantly with the colours of the fabric.  The... [read more]

This is going to be a LOOONG post!  This year, I’m so pleased at the number, and the variety, of prize donations that have been offered up by our DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2018 PRIZE SPONSORS!  I must admit this is my favourite post of the year – these PRIZE SPONSORS just brighten up my blog!   No […]

Sometimes a pattern just falls on your head! I blame @robinsnest1926 😉 . When she posted her first Kingfisher Top on Instagram I immediately wanted to sew one myself. The pattern ticked several of my boxes: the combination of a woven fabric with knit bindings, a deep neck, a loosely—but not too wide— fit and raglan sleeves. I love raglan sleeves!
So, I bought and downloaded the Kingfisher Top immediately. Alas, actually starting to sew the top took longer than expected.

Kingfisher Top Sewing Revival

 

The Kingfisher Top pattern

The Kingfisher Top is a pattern from the New Zealand indie pattern company The Sewing Revival. It was the first time I heard from them and I was pleasantly surprised by their offer of patterns in their webshop. So, I also bought the Tui Dress, since it was the beginning of September and still very warm. Optimistically, I thought I would still have enough... [read more]

You guys, it's decorative gourd season and I am really feeling fall this week... some crisp air, colorful leaves, and seasonally-appropriate pumpkin orange cardigan/jacket/topper thing for me!

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When Closet Case Patterns release the Jenny Overalls, I bought it immediately-- for the trousers, not the overalls. I figured that I had been wanted to try the high waisted pant trend, and Closet Case's version was likely to be a good fit for my body.

I had absolutely no intention of ever making the overalls. I have never owned a pair of overalls. I have never even considered owning overalls. Overalls are for painters and kids.



Then Heather posted her overalls, and all of her lovely testers started showing off theirs, and suddenly overalls are IT. I was especially moved by A Colorful Canvas's musings-- she had similar concerns about the juvenile nature of overalls.

I thought a bit about making a removable bib, but actually, I think I'd fit the pants differently as pants than as overalls. Without the bib, there is a need for the pants to fit tighter... [read more]
I have tried on and taken off, made some adjustments, undone some adjustments, and tried some other adjustments with my pants fitting.  I have made my last adjustments and will attempt to actually sew with these final pant adjustments.  I have made so many adjustments and noted many and then lost track of some. 

This has been an amazing adventure. I think my final version will be the best I can do with this particular pattern.  Will I attempt to make another pair of pants? Perhaps but probably not this pattern.  Having said that, one real issue with this pant pattern is not choosing the right size and the need to better understand crotch depth and length.  I have more to learn.  I will take a break from pants and plan to sew some tops for the upcoming cooler weather.

DH and I have other plans for tomorrow and hopefully will be able to finish the pants, take... [read more]
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