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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 ...

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Nita Wrap Skirt – pattern testing for Sew DIY!

Ta-daaaa! I did some pattern testing this month for Beth of Sew DIY. Her latest pattern is the Nita Wrap Skirt. The pattern isn’t final yet so this is not ...

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My Vogue vintage 1950 jacket

Hi, can you believe it’s December already? This year went by super fast. At the end of November, I finished this cropped jacket from a Vogue vintage reissue pattern (V2934), which was ...

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Sewing patterns swap – Bay Area Sewists

The Bay Area Sewists meetup group had a big sewing patterns swap ...
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Book Review: The Mood Guide to Fabric and Fashion

Hi, last weekend I popped into the Berkeley Public Library and ran ...
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Tutorial: Repairing an ugly tear

Hi, have you ever had to repair an ugly tear? Yesterday my ...

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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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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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Sewing pattern organization

Bay Area Sewists had a pattern swap meetup in February. Members brought many patterns – vintage, indie, Big 4, and more. This photo is just a few of the many dress patterns people brought. After the swap part was over, we had a brief discussion of sewing pattern organization. I’m the organizer for the group […]

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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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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 tips on sewing knits. Sorry the photos aren’t very good! I was listening to what people said, nearly forgot about taking photos – and took […]

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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 organized the second Sewing Indie Month this year, hosting it on Sew Independent. Last year I had entered the Dressed to the Nines contest and was […]

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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 make A-line skirts because they’re easy to fit to my body. What kind of skirts do you usually make? I made version 1; version 2 […]

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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 Random.org’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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