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As with many of my craft projects, I’ve learned that complicated does not always mean impressive. And once again, that holds true for this … More dip dyed macrame wall hanging »

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There are so many beautiful colors of rope and cording available for textile artists. Nonetheless, the effects you can achieve if you dip dye … More how to dip dye macrame »

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I have never made the Laundry Day Tee, though it may have been one of the first PDF patterns I purchased. Since the original draft, there was an update in 2017. That was the first one I used to print, tape and trace. I tried on the pattern and was very concerned about how it was looking.  I had used a Medium/Large for this. I was either going to have to spend a lot of time making numerous adjustments or print out the Large/X-Large.  Yes, I have put on some weight during Covid.

I decided to go to Pattern Review and read some recent reviews of this top. After reading through a few, I hit on one review that talked about using the full bust bodice piece. I went back to my PDF file and found I did not have that option. So off to Love Notion's website and yes there had been an update in January 2020. I was only a year late in taking advantage of this. Since I own... [read more]

 

Hey Peeps! I hope everyone is having a great fresh start to the new year..... or as well as can be expected!! I wanted to invite you to join me in the #sewyourview challenge over on IG. Even if you're not on IG join in the fun, I will be reposting on the blog and we can chat here.

We are using the free pattern form #Moodfabrics and it's a simple set to sew. We will be using the Hickory Ensemble pattern. This pattern has the potential to be anything you want a sweat suit to be. I am going to make 2 sets, one for play and one for dress-up. I'm going to post as I go and hopefully inspire you along the way!




Here's one of my ideas????


Fabric I'm using





Welcome to another year of Work in Progress Wednesdays!  Now, this will not be a regular, every Wednesday occurance!  Sometimes you’ll get a few in a row, then there’ll be nothing for a month or so, all depends on what I’m working on, and whether I remember to take photos as I sew!!

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The book title translates to “Basically 7 Dresses”, written by Aoi Koda

Anyway, I’m working on my next Sewing Japanese in January project, so thought I’d show it from the beginning.  I have decided to make a version of the cover dress from the book, Basically 7 Dresses, by Aoi Koda.  There are 7 basic patterns in the book, each having different variations, she calls them lessons.  I loved the cover dress from the beginning, it’s lesson number 4.  But, not really being a dress person, figured I’d make one of the variations and turn it into a blouse/top and keep the... [read more]

Quarantine has hit hard peeps- let’s not forget our poor models forced to take alternate jobs- like Finola forced to stand in front of a tire dealership all day without a Diet Coke break.

Or Ariel- taking in laundry for the neighbors.

Or Siobhan who is being used to attract Amazon drones.

Poor Eleanor- she’s near her breaking point-

Yesterday she was arrested for going thru the recycling bins outside of Dolce and Gabbana’s Tucson vacay home- her freakishly large footprints gave her away-

Mimi is so distraught she has started talking to herself again.

Photo credits: vogue.com

Logo for the theme month: Text says Zero Waste Sewing #sewcialistszerowaste

It’s time for another theme month! This February we are exploring zero waste sewing, and we invite you to join us!

So what is zero waste sewing? In short, it’s making use of every bit of fabric in your project. It is good for the environment, and good for the wallet too!

Here’s how you can join our Zero Waste Theme Month:

  • Sew a zero waste pattern! There are a growing number of free and purchasable patterns which are designed to use every inch of fabric. This Seamwork article does a good job explaining and showing some examples, and a Google search will show you more!
  • Make a low waste garment! There are lots of ways to reduce the amount of waste left over from a standard garment pattern, like using secret seams or colour blocking with leftovers from other projects.
  • Scrapbusting projects! Use leftovers from previous projects... [read more]
We had a wonderful turnout for the Designin’ December 2020 Sewing Challenge and many generous sponsors!  Thank you! Some of our sponsors even offered more than one prize …. which means … we have more prizes to give out!  Something that doesn’t happen every year! So, if these talented sewists would contact me through Instagram … Continue reading A final footnote to Designin’ December 2020!

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Imma let you in on a little secret: you don't need to buy the Ginger Jeans pattern. Not the full one, anyway. You only need the mid-rise version. Confused about the versions? Let's review.

high rise skinny leg

Ginger Skinny Jeans Pattern: includes low-rise stovepipe leg, and high-rise skinny leg

Ginger Flared Jeans expansion: only includes legs for flared version, must also purchase full pattern

Ginger Mid-Rise Jeans pattern: mid-rise in stovepipe or skinny leg, do not need to purchase full pattern

low rise stovepipe leg

If you buy all three of these, your cost is a whopping $38 for the PDF versions (only the main pattern is available in a printed form). Compare that to the Megan Nielsen Ash Stretch Jeans pattern, which features only mid-rise, but four leg shapes and three inseams for $22. Ash debuted right after I bought Ginger, otherwise I would've definitely started... [read more]

I love the Cambria Duster from Friday Pattern Company a lot. Last year, I made three versions and couldn’t share until the Minerva site was live… All were for the Minerva site (check out my profile here with all my shared projects). Okay, technically, I could have shared. Just not the exact wording. But then migraines. 

It feels overdue to share these now since I love the pattern so much. It was after that I decided that no new pattern would hit my Minerva makes because I really want them to hit my blog first as reviews. 

The Cambria duster is a long unlined jacket pattern with a tie and pockets that are built into the front panels. It’s a drop shoulder pattern meant to be worn with the sleeves turned up to show a cuff.

I made a 3XL with no alterations for my first one and bound all the seams in brightly coloured bias tape (basically whatever I... [read more]

Despite the strangeness of 2020, I did manage to find a few things this past year that really gave me joy. More specifically, ten. … More my favorite digs from 2020 »

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In some parts of the world, there is a chill in the air and that means coats and jackets are in season! Raphaëlle from the French indie pattern company Ready to Sew reached out to us and asked us if we’d like to try out some of her new patterns with her newly extended sizing. Check out our Curvy Sew Collective post for the Ready to Sew Patsy Overalls and now we are happy to bring you a look into the Pekka Jacket.

Pekka takes its inspiration from traditional Japanese clothing. It is an oversized mid-season jacket with wide armholes and a simplified jacket lining. With slightly cropped sleeves and gaping pockets, this stylish jacket is perfect for layering and an ideal sew for motivated beginners.

The Pekka Jacket is available in two size ranges. Range 2, for curvy sewists, starts with a 42.3″ (107.5 cm) bust and goes up to a... [read more]

My first post of 2021 is actually about a project I made last year but never got around to posting. I was tempted to just forget about blogging about it (despite having taken and edited the photos) as I can't remember making it all that well. But as I mentioned in a recent post I've actually found reflecting on a garment after a few wears quite interesting and constructive.

Diary of a Chain Stitcher: Viscose Print Tessuti Hilary Top and Megan Nielsen Dawn Jeans

I was delighted with this top when I finished it but it has had very little wear. I think I was pleased that the design felt interesting with some unique details and it seemed like a very wearable take on the romantic big sleeve trend. However, once the enjoyment of making it had worn off I didn't find myself drawn to wearing it and didn't feel particularly myself or comfortable in it when I did. Sometimes this is down to colour choice (I often find myself drawn to fabrics in a colour... [read more]


The turning of vintage quilts into wearable coats is a growing trend in the maker community. I love the idea have a few candidates under consideration. Until I can make a final decision I decided to add some quilt blocks to a new dress.
 


A friend gave me the Erin Dress pattern by Style Sew Me a few months ago. I loved the oversized t-shirt style, the pockets and adorable side ties. I have seen a few versions of this dress in fun prints and bold colors. I decided to put my creative spin on it with a mash up of quilt blocks and cotton jersey hand-sewing. 


I chose organic cotton jersey from Nature's Fabric in Brick, White and Beige. This knit fabric has a nice weight, but on its' own would not hold up to the rigors of the manipulation required for piecing. It needed to be stabilized so it would hold its shape and not get wavy.

I will walk you through the... [read more]

Twinning with Freya is always awesome. 

I've been needing a new apron for some time, and given Freya's recent addiction to "baking", I saw an opportunity to be matchy matchy on a regular basis. 

hey june handmade allspice apron matching cross-back japanese
I was so happy to get my hands on this beautiful Art Gallery Fabrics chambray, which was just what I had in mind for this project! I used the brand spanking new FREE AllSpice apron pattern by Hey June Handmade for my version, and you can read all about how I've crafted Freya's, and how I added those oh-so-important grow-with-me options, on the Minerva website here!

Hello fellow Sewcialists! Welcome to the mini series In-Seam Insights. The goal of this series is to ask people in different countries about their experience with the pandemic in 2020 and what this means for them going into 2021. I think it’s important to highlight community members in different regions of the world because even though we all might feel this has been a universal experience, we have each handled this year in different ways. Each country also has its own method of trying to control the virus (or not) and that also shapes our experience. I hope that this series gives us all a little more insight on what’s going on outside of our respective regions and also connects us more to each other.

Emily wearing the Mira Dress by Fibre Mood in a floral viscose. The fabric is blue and has yellow/red flowers on it.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, where you’re from, and how you got started sewing.

I’m Emily, a born and raised Londoner, currently... [read more]

You are cordially invited to the Pink and Red party. Apply that red lipstick (….or pink if you so desire) dust off those shoes you can’t walk in (so they usually come off halfway through the night) and don your bestest pink and red regalia! For, on February 13th, otherwise known as Galentines day, we… Continue reading →

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London: Batsford, c2008.
304 p.

Another book I really enjoying skimming through, this one is from my local library, and I've checked it out a couple of times over the last year or two. It is full of sketches of -- no surprise -- fashion details from across the 20th Century. 

It really is about 95% sketches, along with some introductory and explanatory notes scattered among the drawings. It's divided into sections like collars, waistlines, hems, sleeves, pockets, gathers, insets, draping and more. There are sketches of closeup details alongside full body outfits with colour added. It's really aimed at designers who need to sketch their ideas for presentations and so on, but I find it's very interesting for home designers as well. 


Looking at the details in each section, there is sometimes a... [read more]
You want a good freebie:
https://fancytigercrafts.com/collections/free-patterns/products/one-hour-top.
This one is pretty nice, too
https://byhandlondon.com/products/polly-top

I am curious why so many really simple Independent patterns are priced the way they are.
Maybe other countries don't have club prices or Joann's for cheap patterns, but I'll be honest, 
a pattern has got to rock my world for me to spend over $10 USD on it.

I need it to come to my house, open up and cut itself.

The ones I am fondest of, the ones I make over and over again and have bought more than one, more than once. The ones I foist on others, insisting: NO, really, this one is genius....


The Tiramisu from Sewing Cake
https://www.create-everyday.com/products/0144-tiramisu-knit-dress-pdf

It's all there on the envelope. It's just four pieces.
Why this fits EVERY BODY like a dream,... [read more]

 


I hadn't made a backpack in a very long time. So I was eager to try it again. I would consider this to be a medium sized backpack. Pretty spacious but not overly bulky or anything. The straps are adjustable and there are plenty of pockets inside and out. The material I used is a vintage deadstock woven fabric. I've mixed in upcycled denim and a little bit of faux leather vinyl. Final touches are the upcycled denim tassel zipper pull and peace flower applique patch. You can check out the bag in thee shop ➡ here.


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Strap in because this may be my first finished make of 2021, but it started in 2019, and it’s a whopper.

I learned to loom knit a few years ago because I was really only interested in making socks, and I have zero desire whatsoever to learn “regular” needle knitting (I am beyond bored of people telling me I should – I don’t care – there’s the door!) so to discover there was an old-fashioned method to do so got me excited and I made a LOT of socks over the years. I also made a few hats, and a cowl, and a pair of weird mittens, but then the worm of an idea grew in my head – “You should make a sweater.”

Now, around this time (Sept 2019) the only loom knit sweater patterns for adults that I could find were for cardigans or slouchy boleros, but I wanted a proper pullover (since then, a few have emerged, and this one from Good Knit Kisses looks so good it might be... [read more]

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