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Alameda Point Antiques Faire – Meetup

The Alameda Point Antiques Faire (a.k.a the Alameda flea market) is vast – several hundred vendors gather the first Sunday of every month in this huge parking lot. If you look closely ...

Fiddly Fabrics & More – Meetup at Britex Fabrics

We had a great Bay Area Sewists meetup at Britex Fabrics last Saturday morning – the topic was Sewing Fiddly and Slippery Fabrics. Douglas, a dapper and knowledgeable staff member ...

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Finished: My tunic top from a French sewing book

Ta-daaaa! This is the tunic top I made from a French sewing book, Dressing chic: Vetements et accessoires, which I got for $6 from the Readers Bookstore at the San Francisco ...

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Summer Stashbust 2014!

My fabric stash is growing along with my list of projects I’d ...
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My Bluegingerdoll Winifred Dress

At long last, here is my Winifred Dress, which I’ve been sporadically ...
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The Anna Dress – Celebrating Sewing Indie Month!

Wooooheeee! I finished the Anna Dress late last night – or should ...

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I’m teaching a class at Makeshift Society!

I’m teaching another class at Makeshift Society in San Francisco. This one is Learn to Make a Drawstring Gift Bag, and it’s taking place on Tues., December 16, 6:30 to 9 pm. This class was taking place in November and then got rescheduled. This is a repost – so if this looks familiar, that’s why! The class is […]

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Tutorial: How to Make a Drawstring Bag

I made these drawstring bags as a going-away gift for a work colleague, K., who left San Francisco to move back to Washington, DC for a new job. I wanted to make something that would remind her of the Bay Area. So the weekend before her last day in the office, I went to Britex Fabrics […]

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Blog Hop: Four Questions and Answers

I was recently nominated by the lovely Olgalyn Jolly of O! Jolly! Crafting Fashion, to participate in a blog hop in which each participant answers four questions. If you haven’t run across Olgalyn’s blog or on social media, she’s a knit textile designer and she writes about the wide range of fabrics she designs on her knitting machine […]

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WIPs: 1952 Wrap Blouse and Vintage Vogue Pattern

I’m happy to say that I have two WIPs (works in progress). I traced and cut two patterns last weekend: Decades of Style’s 1952 Wrap Blouse and a dress from a vintage Vogue pattern. If you aren’t t familiar with Decades of Style Pattern Company, this Berkeley-based business reproduces vintage patterns from the 1920s through […]

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How to Keep Your Hat on Your Head with Hat Elastics

If you like hats, even if you only  wear one a few times a year, you don’t want it to blow off your head on a windy day. Nothing’s worse than chasing your hat down the sidewalk or watching it drift into traffic (yes, that’s happened to me). To keep your hat on your head, you […]

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I’m Teaching a Sewing Class at Makeshift Society!

I’m teaching a sewing class – Learn to Revive and Repair Your Clothes at Makeshift Society in San Francisco on Tues., Sept. 16! I decided to teach this class for two reasons: I’ve met people over the past year or so who don’t know how to do simple repairs, such as repair a hem or […]

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Bay Area Sewists Meetup – August 2014

On August 17, Bay Area Sewists held a meetup at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics in Berkeley. The second floor, where we met, is where the store holds its many sewing and crafts classes. It’s also where you’ll find many sale fabrics (50% off!). This was one of our smaller groups; we were limited to 21 […]

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Bay Area Sewists Meetup – Fabric Swap

The Bay Area Sewists Meetup group had a fun fabric swap last Saturday! I’m the organizer for this group. More than 30 people came to the swap – our biggest turnout so far this year – and they brought some great fabric to share. The meetup took place at the Berkeley Public Library. Here’s a group photo […]

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Finished: My Red Anna Dress

I made a red Anna Dress! This is the second project I made as part of my summer stashbusting mission. Yep – I’m participating in Summer Stashbust 2014. My first project was The Trench. I seem to be making stuff from fabric I’ve had for a couple of years. Well, that’s not exactly true. I […]

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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 somehow never got around to it. A few years ago I had made two other versions of The Trench in solid fabrics (except for the […]

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