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My linen Deer and Doe Chardon skirt

Hi, Do you have a favorite skirt pattern? I just can’t seem to get enough of the Deer and Doe Chardon Skirt sewing pattern. This is my fourth Chardon – but ...

HIgh Style gowns - Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection - csews.com

High Style – the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection

Hi, If you sew and you live in Manhattan, you have very likely seen the world-famous Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection – now part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Luckily ...

Sewing tricky fabrics - Bay Area Sewists meetup - csews.com

Tips on Sewing Tricky Fabrics

Hi, Have you sewed any lightweight silk or slippery fabrics? The Bay Area Sewists meetup group met at Britex Fabrics this weekend to discuss sewing tricky fabrics. This is the ...

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Newcastle Cardigan – Third Time’s a Charm!

Hi,  I hope you’re enjoying some warm weather wherever you are. Here ...
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Finished: My Skirt from ‘Basic Black’

Hi, I finally finished my Basic Black skirt for the Japan Sew ...
Chardon maxi skirt - Deer and Doe sewing pattern - csews.com

My Maxi Chardon Skirt

Do you like maxi skirts? This is the first one I’ve made. ...

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Summer sewing – WIPs

Hi, What are you working on? Projects for summer and fall? Now that summer solstice has come and gone, I feel pressure to get going on the summer clothes. One good thing about living in California is that it stays warm through September, even in the Bay Area, where the weather is a lot cooler than […]

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My Fascinator – Spring for Cotton Accessories, Part 2

Hi, Have you every made a hat or fascinator to wear with a dress or outfit that you made? I’ve made a few hats on my sewing machine but not for any particular garments. I just made them because I liked the hat pattern. This year, for the first time, I actually made a fascinator to […]

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Fabric Belt for My Spring for Cotton Dress

Hi, Do you make accessories for your sewing projects? The most I’ve done is make a couple of belts – one ribbon belt with a fabric covered buckle for my Bluegingerdoll Winifred Dress and two fabric belts to match the dresses from vintage patterns. My latest fabric belt is the contrasting hot pink belt I made to […]

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Me-Made May – 20 Days and 20 Hats

Hi, Have you noticed all the Me-Made May posts and tweets? If you don’t know, it’s a me-made challenge launched by Zoe of So, Zo… What do you know? a few years ago. The challenge is to wear something that you made everyday. I made my pledge via Instagram and never got around to make an official […]

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She Wears the Pants by Yuko Takada

And the Winner of She Wears the Pants…

is Megan Berka! Megan gets a copy of She Wears the Pants by Yuko Takada! How did I choose the winner? I plugged in the lowest number 1 and the highest 2- (I skipped the one person I knew who already had the book) – and random.org gave me “10” as the result. Megan was the tenth person […]

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Draped Mini-Dress – from ‘She Wears the Pants’

Hi, Last week I reviewed the Japanese sewing book She Wears the Pants. I mentioned that I was thinking of making the Draped Mini Dress but wearing it as a tunic. Well, I made it this weekend but I’m still not sure I like it on me. I made size L, using a lightweight synthetic […]

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She Wears the Pants – Review – and Giveaway!

Hi, I hope you’re enjoying your spring – or whatever season it is in your part of the globe. Have you embarked on any seasonal sewing projects? I finished a dress for the Spring for Cotton sewalong organized by Rochelle of Lucky Lucille. At the same time I began flipping through the Japanese sewing book, She Wears […]

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My Spring for Cotton Dress – Construction Details

Hi, I hope you’re enjoying some spring sewing! Have you sewed any eyelet fabric? If you have any tips, please pass them on. This was my first experience sewing with it. A few days ago, I finished the dress I made for Lucky Lucille’s Spring for Cotton sewalong. The challenge was to make something from […]

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Spring for Cotton - dress from vintage Simplicity 2439 - csews.com

Spring for Cotton Dress

Hi, I finally finished my Spring for Cotton dress! And just under the wire, too. Today, April 30, is the deadline day to post photos. I couldn’t take photos until I got home from work today. Yep – rushed home, changed into the dress, traipsed a couple blocks to my location, set up my tripod […]

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Prewashing Fabric in a Drought

Hi, By now, you have very likely read stories about California’s drought. It’s been going on for FOUR years. Earlier this month, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered historic mandatory water restrictions. This is a big deal because the state has never required any water restrictions, just voluntary reductions. It’s a huge political and bureaucratic issue, which you can […]

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