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Quick Tips on Sewing Knits

Hi, Bay Area Sewists had a fun meetup in September at Sips N Sews to talk about sewing knit fabrics. Members brought (or wore) things they made from knits and shared their ...

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Yay! I won the Everyday Casual Sewalong Contest!

Hi, thanks to everyone who voted for me! I’m so happy to announce that I actually won a sewing contest! Woot! How did this happen? Well, Mari of Seamster Patterns ...

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A-Frame Pencil Skirt – construction details

Hi, as promised, here’s my post on the construction details for my Blueprints for Sewing A-Frame pencil skirt – my first pencil skirt and my first casual skirt. I usually ...


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Refashion, Stylish Remakes book review and giveaway!

Hi, It’s hard to believe that September is well underway. I thought I’d ...
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Adjusting patterns – fitting the back

Hi, I hope you’re enjoying your summer – or whatever season is happening ...
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Spring for Cotton Dress

Hi, I finally finished my Spring for Cotton dress! And just under ...

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Which Craftsy sewing class should I take?

Hi, have you taken any Craftsy sewing classes? I’m trying to figure out which one to pick because I get to take one class for free. Yes, I’m the lucky recipient of a free Craftsy class as part of my Sewing Indie prize package for winning the Everyday Casual Sewalong Contest! As of today, there are 138 […]

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My sewing indie pattern prizes

Hi, I hope you’re having a fun October! This week I had a delightfully tough time choosing which indie patterns I wanted as part of my Everyday Casual Sewalong Contest prizes. Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick which specializes in petite and petite plus size patterns, officially offered the Mimosa Blouse PDF pattern. However, Betsy, the SBCC’s designer told […]

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Blueprints for Sewing A-Frame Skirt – Sewing Indie Month

Hi, did you sew anything in September? It was Sewing Indie Month and National Sewing Month. I made the A-Frame Skirt by Blueprints for Sewing. This pattern has two versions, a pencil skirt and an a-line skirt. I usually make a-line skirts so this time around I decided to venture out of my comfort zone […]

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And the winner of Stylish Remakes is…

Hi, sorry I’m a little late on announcing the winner of the Japanese sewing book Stylish Remakes, which I blogged about here. I meant to announce the winner on Oct. 1. I used’s random number generator and got this result: Fourteen people commented and the tenth person who left a comment (drum roll please)… […]

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It’s Sewing Indie Month and National Sewing Month!

Hi, in case you didn’t notice, September is the month to celebrate sewing. Yep, it’s not only Sewing Indie Month, it’s National Sewing Month! So if you need to jump-start your sewjo, this is the month to do it. I finished my project for The Refashioners 2015 challenge – to make something from a men’s […]

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Fall sewing – Vogue patterns preview – sailor pants, tops and a vintage reissue

Hi, I know summer isn’t over (!) but fall is just around the corner. Summer clothes at retail stores are all on sale, which is another sign that it’s not too early to think about fall sewing. A preview of the Vogue patterns fall 2015 collection is now on its website. So I decided to take a look […]

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International Anna Party!

Hi, How’s your summer sewing going? I hope you’re making progress on your projects whatever they may be. I started my third By Hand London Anna Dress earlier this month – inspired by the Instagram International Anna Party invitation from Elle of @LauraLovesPugs, who’s paryting with Ute of @uta_ig and Pips of @magdalenamuse and invited everyone to […]

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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 it wasn’t the easiest to make as you’ll see (heheh). I had no idea when I made my first Chardon more than six month ago, […]

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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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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 for us Bay Area folks, some of this stunning collections in the High Style exhibit is now on display until July 19, at the Legion […]

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