The Trench - Christinen Haynes pattern - Chic & Simple Sewing - csews.com

The Trench – Christine Haynes Pattern

I’m on a stashbusting mission – spurred by The Quirky Peach, who launched a Summer Stashbust Challenge in June. I had intended to make The Trench from Christine Haynes‘ first book Chic & Simple Sewing but ...

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My Bluegingerdoll Winifred Dress

At long last, here is my Winifred Dress, which I’ve been sporadically working on since March and finally finished in May! I really meant to complete this Bluegingerdoll Pattern ages ago but I ...

Border print from Britex Fabrics

Using Border Print Fabric in a Dresss

For many months I had a little over two yards of this gorgeous border print, which I bought from Britex Fabrics as a remnant (yes, they have generously cut remnants!). It’s ...

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Emery Dress with Embellishments

At last my Emery Dress is finished! I began working on it ...
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My Chevron Red Velvet Dress

When I went shopping for a knit fabric for the Red Velvet ...

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Summer Stashbust 2014!

My fabric stash is growing along with my list of projects I’d like to make – and my husband occasionally gives my piles of fabric the evil eye, mostly because it’s taking up some space in the bedroom. But it can be a challenge finding the time to sew. So the patterns and fabric keep growing. When I […]

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Update on My Anna Dress

I’m thrilled to announce that my Anna Dress made the short list for the Dressed to the Nines contest! I made this dress as a participant of Sewing Indie Month, which was created and organized by Mari of Seamster Patterns. The Dressed to the Nine category is hosted by Laura Mae of the lovely blog […]

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Bay Area Sewists – Meetup 4 and 5!

On May 17 Bay Area Sewists had our fourth meetup – a pattern swap – at Berkeley Public Library. Plenty of members brought scores of patterns – many more than I photographed here. But hey, I was took busy looking at patterns so I forgot to take photos at the beginning when the tables were […]

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Anna Dress

The Anna Dress – Celebrating Sewing Indie Month!

Wooooheeee! I finished the Anna Dress late last night – or should I say early this morning? Yes, it really was down to the wire. This is my entry for Dressed to the Nines. My husband thought I was a crazy person because I was still sewing at 3 am. I told him, I’m trying […]

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How to Make a Fabric-covered Belt Buckle

I love fabric-covered belt buckles! So when I saw this kit at Lacis in Berkeley, I bought it right away. I had only seen some vintage buckle kits at second-hand places. If you don’t live in the Bay Area, you can order this kit and other styles and sizes (square, circle, rectangle) from Lacis’s online catalog. […]

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Me Made May 2014: Days 2-12

On the first of May I committed to five days a week of wearing something I sewed for Me Made May 2014. (If you haven’t heard about MMM14, read about on So Zo’s blog.) On Day 1 I wore a skirt I made a few years ago. All the photos were taken with my iPhone – so apologies […]

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Me Made May 2014

I’ve been debating whether or not I should participate in Me Made May this year. I don’t really have enough handmade clothes for each day. But reading a post by Leila of Three Dresses finally convinced me. She pledged to wear something handmade five days a week. So I immediately thought, Yes! That’s doable! So […]

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Bay Area Sewists Meetup No. 3!

On April 19 Bay Area Sewists met at Lacis‘s classroom space in Berkeley for Meetup No. 3 this year! Not everyone who came is in the photo because I forgot to take the photo while everyone was still there. Our topic was  Show & Tell, WIPs, Tour Lacis & Pattern Giveaway! I thought it would be a […]

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A Liebster Award Nomination!

The talented Melanie of The Seeds of 3 nominated my blog for a Liebster Award – THANK YOU, Melanie! The Liebster Award is for bloggers with fewer than 500 followers. One part of receiving this acknowledgment is to pay it forward and list eleven other blogs with fewer than 500 followers as well as answer […]

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Organizing a Fabric Swap

In March I organized my first fabric swap for the Bay Area Sewists, a meetup group originally founded by Meg of Made By Meg. I took over as organizer of the group in January and we had our first meetup in February, a pattern swap at the Berkeley Public Library’s Community Meeting Room. You can […]

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