Big four sewing patterns for spring - Butterick, McCalls, Simplicity, Vogue

Big Four sewing patterns – a look at spring possibilities

Hi! I’ve been pinning a lot of early spring fashion photos on my @csews Pinterest board “Sewing Inspiration.” Then I waited to see what was in store for Big Four ...

Make Nine 2017 - Sewaholic, Vogue, Deer & Does, Sew House Seven

2017 Make Nine – sewing plans for the new year

I don’t usually plan what I’m going to make for the year but I have bought many patterns over the past year, not to mention the scores of patterns that ...

Men's cardigan sewing patterns - Burda, Kwik Sew

Men’s Cardigan sewing patterns – Kwik Sew 3724 and Burda 6030

It was my husband Kofi’s birthday last month and I told him I’d sew him a cardigan. I confess I didn’t spend a whole lot of time searching for men’s ...

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Getting rid of clothes moths

Clothes moths – and how I (mostly) got rid of them

Last spring my bedroom was infested by clothes moths. I’d never seen ...
SeamstressTag - Chuleenan of C Sews - Anna Dress, Chardon skirts - csews.com

SeamstressTag – Getting to know me

A few weeks ago, Stefanie of Sea of Teal tagged me to ...
Fashion in Flight - vintage flight attendant uniforms

Fashion in Flight at SFO – a history of airline uniforms

The exhibit “Fashion in Flight: A History of Airline Uniform Design,” is ...

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How to make an adjustable-waist skirt by modifying the Chardon Skirt pattern by Deer and Doe

My adjustable-waist skirt – Deer and Doe Chardon

Hi! I’ve made four skirts using the Chardon skirt pattern by French company Deer and Doe: two with a contrast bottom band (a black-and-white Chardon, a linen version) as well as a maxi and knee-length version. This high-waisted skirt has inverted box pleats, which are great for wide hips. You can just cut the size for your waist and not worry […]

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Papercut and StyleArc patterns

StyleArc and Papercut Patterns – two indie sewing patterns

Hi, it was my birthday earlier this month so in January I told my sisters about some international patterns I liked. And my sisters are like my fairy godmothers – they granted my wishes! I got the StyleArc Juliet Woven Shirt, which I have been eying, along with the Imogen Knit Skirt, a free pattern for January. […]

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Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is America

Hi, I was going to post about some spring pattern releases but I can’t get Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration out of my mind. So that’s why the Statue of Liberty is the focus of this post. Trump’s order limits immigration from seven Muslim countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. […]

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Fashion in Flight - airline uniforms and astronauts

More flight attendant uniforms – and astronauts!

I decided to write another post about the Fashion in Flight exhibit on the history of flight attendant uniforms that was on display at the San Francisco International Airport – note the past tense – was. The exhibit closed last Sunday. I feel bad that I didn’t get around to blogging about it until the week before […]

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Making a lace hat - Vogue patterns V8891 by Patricia Underwood

Lace Hat – Vogue pattern V8891 by Patricia Underwood

I bought a few Vogue patterns earlier this year, including this Patricia Underwood pattern for a lace hat – V8891. If you’re new to my blog, you may not know that I have a big hat collection and I usually never leave home without wearing one. I’ve made a few hats on my sewing machine and […]

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Sewing patterns-Butterick and vintage

Sewing patterns, sewing queues and sewing projects

I buy sewing patterns in spurts. They tend to be impulse buys or maybe it’s a pattern I’ve been eyeing for a while but haven’t decided if I really want to get it. And then I see an email about a sale so I buy it. Or it’s a pattern I’ve seen on someone’s Instagram feed. […]

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Yuliya Raquel - founder of Bootstrap Fashion

Fashion Industry Disruptor – Yuliya Raquel of Bootstrap Fashion

Yuliya Raquel wants to disrupt the fashion industry. She is the founder of Bootstrap Fashion, a fashion design platform that sells custom sewing patterns, offers a fashion design app that lets you design a dress, and has two levels of membership. You can sign up as 1.) a DIY sewer, blogger, aspiring designer or 2.) a […]

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Wrap pants Vogue 9191 - pattern review

Pattern Review – Vogue 9191 sewing pattern

Hi, reviewed the Vogue 9191 wrap pants sewing pattern on Pattern Review. I made them last month and blogged about them here. You can find my review on Pattern Review here (I’m Csews on PR) and you can read it below. Pattern Description: This pattern has four pieces – poncho, sleeveless top, shorts, wide-leg front-wrap […]

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Vogue 9191 wrap pants

Vogue 9191 wrap pants – comfortable and easy to make

Hi, I bought this Vogue 9191 pattern on sale earlier this year from the Vogue Patterns website and wanted to make the wrap pants. They looked so comfortable and they seemed simple to make. I started making them a few weeks ago. They didn’t take long to make but I only had time to work […]

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Manus x Machina - pleated garments - Dior, Fortuny and more

Pleats featured in the Manus x Machina exhibit

Hi, yes, this is my third post about the Manus x Machina exhibit that was on display earlier this year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I was fortunate to be in New York after the show was extended through early September. Why so many posts? Well, I took plenty of photos and my first […]

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Striped ribbon hat band tutorial

Making a removable ribbon hat band – tutorial, Part 2

Hi, last week, I republished the post I wrote last summer for Britex Fabrics’ blog about making a removable ribbon hat band. That post showed my first design and discusses Petersham ribbon in detail. This is the second ribbon post I did for Britex. Though I added a couple of more photos and more words. Here […]

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Tutorial - how to make a removable ribbon hat band - millinery

How to make a removable ribbon hat band – tutorial, Part 1

Hi, I wrote a three millinery tutorials as a guest blogger for Britex Fabrics over the summer. I’m going to repost them here over the next few days or so. I wrote two posts on how to make a removable ribbon hat band and a post on a lace hat. Here’s the first one, along […]

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