Jennifer Serr and Bonjour Teaspoon sewing patterns

Jennifer Serr – an interview with The Sewing Room founder and Bonjour Teaspoon designer

Jennifer Serr began sewing when she was seven years old. All the women in her family sewed so she was following a family tradition. The first thing she made was ...

Shibori indigo dyed fabric for a skirt

Shibori skirt with 16 panels – how should I order the panels?

Hi, in August I experimented with some indigo dyeing, which you can read about here. Then I wanted to try dyeing several pieces of cotton muslin to make a 16-panel ...

Manus x Machina - Saint Laurent suit, 1963; Marion Schwab Golden Lily Dress, 2008-09; Irish wedding dress, ca. 1870

Manus x Machina fashion exhibit at the Met

The Manus x Machina exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was a gorgeous show exploring “how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of ...


Washing indigo fabric - shibori, Synthrapol -

Washing indigo fabric – a DIY tutorial for hand-dyed fabric

Hi, I wrote a post earlier this month about the indigo dyeing ...
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Sewing with lace – a resource list

Last year Natalie Wiener, the notions manager at Britex Fabrics, gave the ...
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Paper trimmers are great for PDF patterns

I’ve only assembled a few PDF patterns and in each case, I ...

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Body measurements, fitting and sewing patterns

Body measurements, fitting, and sewing projects

Hi, way back in September 2014, I organized the first fitting meetup for the Bay Area Sewists. (You can read the meetup description here.) The idea was that we would help each other with fitting, learn about pattern adjustments, and pair up to take our body measurements. At that meetup, I also did a demo […]

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Shibori - indigo dyeing - pleated and folded in triangles

DIY Shibori – indigo dyeing – Part 2

Hi, in August I wrote Part 1 about DIY Shibori and then a follow-up post about washing indigo-dyed fabric. Part 1 was about the indigo dyeing workshop I organized for the Bay Area Sewists and goes into more detail about mixing the dye and some Shibori techniques. Towards the end of that post I mentioned […]

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Manus x Machina

My trip to New York – Manus x Machina, Mood Fabrics and more

Last month I visited my family on the East Coast. I was able to make a quick trip to New York while I was there. Here’s a brief summary of my trip, with many photos. My first stop was to Mood Fabrics where I searched for lightweight denim and bought these two to make a […]

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What every sewing blogger shoud know about copyright, privacy, and giveaways

Tips for sewing bloggers: Lawyer Rachel Fischbein on copyright, privacy and giveaways

Law and fashion may seem like an incongruous combination but San Francisco lawyer Rachel Fischbein has had an interest in both since high school. Back then she was part of a group of students who picked apart donated clothes, sewed them into something new and then donated the refashioned garments to a women’s shelter. Rachel was also […]

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PROJKT Maiden Lane - Britex Fabrics fall fashion show - Sept. 23, 2016, 7 pm to 9 pm

Win a ticket to PROJKT Maiden Lane!

UPDATE! Rafflecopter picked two random winners! Liz and Grace! You have both been sent emails that you won! Congratulations! UPDATE to the update: Liz can no longer attend so I had Rafflecopter pick another winner and that person is Marilyn! Congrats to Marilyn! Hi! I have an extra General Admission ticket to the Britex Fabrics […]

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DIY Shibori – Indigo dyeing fabric – Part 1

Hi, earlier this year, I took an indigo dyeing (also known as Shibori) workshop taught by Anna Joyce at Craftcation, which was so easy and so much fun. You can see photos from the workshop in my post My Craftcation 2016 Weekend. When I posted photos on my Instagram feed (@csews), a Bay Area Sewists member Ali (@sewmsboncha), commented […]

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My millinery tutorials for Britex Fabrics

Hi, I wrote my first tutorials for Britex Fabrics blog this month! I decided to focus on millinery because I wanted to make a lace hat from a Patricia Underwood Vogue pattern (V8891), plus I wanted to replace a ribbon on an old hat. It was initially going to be one post but it got really long so Britex decided […]

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Pilvi Coat - Pattern Review - C Sews

Pattern Review: Pilvi Coat

This is my review of the Pilvi Coat pattern as it appears on Pattern Review (I’m csews there). You can read my review here. Some of the information is repeated in my post about the Pilvi Coat but there’s some more info on construction details here. Pattern Description: Coat with a simple neckline (no collar), […]

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Pilvi Coat - Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style - C Sews

The Pilvi Coat from Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style

Hi! I got the sewing book Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style (affiliate link here) for my birthday earlier this year. It features several wardrobe basics – skirts, tops, pants, and jackets, plus bags. most of the projects in the book use her fabric designs. (You can see her fabric collections at Windham Fabrics and her other products on her website here.) […]

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Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics – What’s next?

In February the Bay Area sewing community was shocked to hear that Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics was going to stop offering sewing classes at the end of June. This great store had offered classes for two decades. Owner Suzan Steinberg made this momentous announcement on her Fabric Lady blog. You can read that post here. As the news […]

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