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DIY Shibori – Indigo dyeing fabric – Part 1

Hi, earlier this year, I took an indigo dyeing (also known as Shibori) workshop taught by Anna Joyce at Craftcation, which was so easy and so much fun. You can ...

Milinery tutorials for Britex Fabrics blog - making a lace hat and removable ribbon hat bands by Chuleenan of CSews.com

My millinery tutorials for Britex Fabrics

Hi, I wrote my first tutorials for Britex Fabrics blog this month! I decided to focus on millinery because I wanted to make a lace hat from a Patricia Underwood ...

Pilvi Coat - Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style - C Sews

The Pilvi Coat from Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style

Hi! I got the sewing book Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style (affiliate link here) for my birthday earlier this year. It features several wardrobe basics – skirts, tops, pants, and jackets, plus ...

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Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics - photo by C Sews - csews.com

Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics – What’s next?

In February the Bay Area sewing community was shocked to hear that ...
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Farewell, Bill Cunningham

  New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham passed away yesterday. He ...
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Four PDF patterns I bought

Last week I blogged about the paper trimmer I got for the PDF patterns ...

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Lace tutorials and resource list - csews.com

Sewing with lace – a resource list

Last year Natalie Wiener, the notions manager at Britex Fabrics, gave the Bay Area Sewists a great overview of lace for our Learn about Lace meetup. (I’m the organizer for the group.) She also gave us a really helpful handout with links to lace tutorials and more on lace. I put a version of this list as a […]

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Pilvi Coat - Pattern Review - C Sews

Pattern Review: Pilvi Coat

This is my review of the Pilvi Coat pattern as it appears on Pattern Review (I’m csews there). You can read my review here. Some of the information is repeated in my post about the Pilvi Coat but there’s some more info on construction details here. Pattern Description: Coat with a simple neckline (no collar), […]

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My $50 of Mood Fabrics

At the end of April Rachel of House of Pinheiro did a post about making her first pair of jeans, which you can read here. She made her jeans using Theory indigo stretch cotton denim from Mood Fabrics (sorry, sold out or I would link to it). And Rachel was offering a giveaway – a […]

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Using a paper trimmer for PDF patterns - csews.com

Paper trimmers are great for PDF patterns

I’ve only assembled a few PDF patterns and in each case, I used my craft scissors to trim off the borders. It’s one of those mindless things you can do in front of the TV. But I went on a mini PDF buying binge a couple of weeks ago and I was not looking forward […]

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Vogue patterns - V9191 - V1417 - V8891 - csews.com

Vogue Patterns I bought

Last Friday I was online looking for vintage patterns. I went to Vogue Patterns’ website to see if there were any vintage reissues.  I was excited to see that all patterns were on sale for $5.99 but the sale was ending that day! I wasn’t sure what time it would end because I’m on the West Coast […]

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My trip to New York’s Garment District

Last January I was on the East Coast to visit family in New Jersey and I also snuck in a quick jaunt to New York. Because I only had a day to spend in the Big Apple, I contacted a few sewcialists before my trip to see if we could meet in the Garment District, the neighborhood in Manhattan […]

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Sublime Stitching - embroidery pattern - csews.com

And the winner of the embroidery pattern…

… Gothic Grandeur by Sublime Stitching is… [drum roll please] … Carol! To select the winner, I used random.org to generate a number based on the number of entries. The number that popped up was “2.” So that meant the second person to comment was the winner. The giveaway was mentioned in my Craftcation 2016, […]

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Drape Drape 3 by Hisako Sato - review by csews.com

Drape Drape 3 thoughts…

I was on the waitlist for Drape Drape 3 by Hisako Sato at the San Francisco Public Library for weeks. And finally the book was available for me to check out last week, which means I better get going on sewing something before I have to return it! There are 15 patterns in this book. […]

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Craftcation 2016 - part 2 - color theory, indigo dyeing, log cabin quilting - csews.com

My Craftcation 2016 Weekend – Part 2 + Giveaway

Earlier this week I wrote about my first two days at Craftcation 2016. Craftcation is a four-day business and craft conference in Ventura, California, organized by Delilah Snell and Nicole Stevenson, the women who founded the Dear Handmade Life blog and the Patchwork Show. This rather lengthy post is about my last two days there (I […]

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My Craftcation 2016 Weekend – Part 1

I went to Craftcation 2016! Craftcation is a four-day business + makers conference in Ventura, California. It’s organized by Delilah Snell and Nicole Stevenson of Dear Handmade Life, organizers of Patchwork Show. This was the fifth year of Craftcation but the first one I attended. I had a fantastic time. If you follow me on Instagram (@csews), you […]

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