Lining the Sapporo Coat - Papercut Patterns - CSews

Lining the Sapporo Coat – a Papercut Patterns design

Hi, in my earlier post on my wool Sapporo Coat, I mentioned that I would be doing a follow-up post on lining the Sapporo Coat. So here it is! This ...

Papercut Patterns - Sapporo Coat - wool melton from Britex Fabrics-

Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat – my teal wool version

Hi! I finally took photos of my latest Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat! I made one version a couple of months ago. It was my mockup using a bed sheet, which ...


Outside pocket for a skirt

Last month I made an A-line linen skirt and attached an outside pocket to the waistband. I mentioned that I was going to show how I made the pocket. I wanted ...


Sewing pattern height - what height patterns design for

Sewing pattern height – a chart

Everyone’s body is different. We come in all shapes and sizes. Some ...
Pilvi Coat from Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style sewing book - fabric with ASCII art design

Pilvi Coat No. 2 – Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style

Hi! I finished my Pilvi Coat just in time to wear it ...
Printing PDF patterns - here are some options in the US - from copy shops to, an online source.

Printing PDF patterns – what are your options?

If a sewing pattern has a paper and a PDF version, the ...

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Big Four 2018 Spring sewing patterns

Big Four 2018 spring patterns – Vogue, Butterick and more

Hi, I spent some time looking at Big Four 2018 spring patterns – Vogue, Butterick, McCall’s and Simplicity. They were the pattern companies I grew up with. (Last fall I blogged about a few patterns from Simplicity and Vogue, which you can read here.) My mom mostly bought patterns from Butterick, McCalls and Simplicity from […]

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Make Nine 2018 update on sewing projects

Make Nine 2018 – an update on my sewing projects

Hi, I thought I’d update you on my Make Nine 2018 progress. I picked various patterns and fabrics, which I wrote about  here in early February. So far I’ve actually made three things from my Make Nine list plus a skirt for Bay Area Sewists Frocktails! Four garments in less than two months! That’s gotta be […]

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Make Nine 2018 – tops, skirts and jackets for the new year

Hi, I made these collages on my phone last month and I’ve even sewn a couple of things already, which has to be a record for me. It can take me a while to just get started. But this year, I decided I would start with patterns and sewing books in my collection as well […]

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Pilvi Coat in ponte knit

Pilvi Coat in ponte knit – my 4th version of this pattern

Hi, I made another Pilvi Coat! It’s my fourth version of this pattern from the book Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style (affiliate link here). This simple pattern is an unlined coat with raglan sleeves and in-seam side pockets. It works well with a variety of fabrics. I’ve made this coat using home decor fabric and other […]

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Stylish Wraps by Yoshiko Tsukiori - Tuttle Publishing 2017

Stylish Wraps by Yoshiko Tsukiori – book review and giveaway

Hi, in December I was asked by Tuttle books is there was a sewing book I’d like to review. I browsed their craft books and saw that earlier this year the publishing company had released the English-language version of Stylish Wraps by Yoshiko Tsukiori ($15.95, Amazon affiliate link here, Tuttle link here). Somehow I missed […]

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Fabric buying - ponte, faces print, stretch lace

3 reasons why I buy fabric

I attempted to go on a fabric diet this year because my sewing has not kept up with my fabric buying for quite some time. I even experimented with selling a few pieces from my stash via Instagram and Facebook, which you can read about here. Now that 2017 is nearly over (can you believe […]

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Jung Misun and Im Seonoc in Couture Korea and ticket giveaway!

Hi, I had to return to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco to take a closer look at the work by Jung Misun and Im Seonoc in the exhibit Couture Korea, which opened last month. During my first visit, my phone ran out of power by the time I got to the room devoted to […]

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Pilvi Coat - from Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style - CSews

My latest Pilvi Coat from Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style

As soon as I saw this colorful fabric at Britex Fabrics, I thought to myself, “Pilvi Coat!” A simple design is great for a large print because you can show off the print to full advantage. That’s what I like the Pilvi Coat pattern from the sewing book Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style (affiliate link here). I’ve […]

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Couture Korea exhibit

Couture Korea – Fashion at the Asian Art Museum

Hi, a new fashion exhibit called Couture Korea, is now open at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Organized by the museum and the Arumjigi Culture Keepers Foundation in Seoul, it features recreations of traditional Korean garments from centuries past as well as contemporary Korean fashion designs. It’s a fascinating look at Korean fashion […]

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Simplicity, Vogue, New Look sewing patterns for fall

Fall sewing patterns – Simplicity and Vogue

Hi, I finally took some time to go through the new fall sewing patterns from the Big 4 – Butterick, McCalls, Simplicity and Vogue. I wondered if I would see anything I liked. Some patterns were not very interesting or were just things I wouldn’t wear. But I did see a few from each company […]

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Sapporo Coat - Papercut Patterns - C Sews

Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat – mockup version

Hi, it’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been sewing but I’ve had little time to blog. I even had a paying sewing gig at a startup last week but I can’t say much about it because I signed an NDA. Anyway I attached my iPhone to a tripod mount and took these photos of […]

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MyBodyModel - custom croquis - Kickstarter

MyBodyModel – a custom croquis

Hi! The Kickstarter campaign for MyBodyModel just began this week. What is it? Well, it’s a web app to create custom body templates based on your own measurements. MyBodyModel is the brainchild of Erica Schmitz, a sewist who wanted to be able to visualize how a particular style or pattern would look on her body. If […]

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