Sewing Indie Month - Blueprints for Sewing - A-Frame Skirt sewing pattern -

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 ...

International Anna Party - Anna Dress - By Hand London - color blocked version -

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 ...

Deer and Doe - linen Chardon -

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 ...


Spring for Cotton - dress from vintage Simplicity 2439 -

Spring for Cotton Dress

Hi, I finally finished my Spring for Cotton dress! And just under ...
Basic Black - skirt front -

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 -

My Maxi Chardon Skirt

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

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Stylish Remakes book giveaway -

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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Refashioned shirt - Get Shirty -

Refashion, Stylish Remakes book review and giveaway!

Hi, It’s hard to believe that September is well underway. I thought I’d sew more summer things but I didn’t quite have the time (or motivation) to sew as much as I wanted to. In June, I wrote a post about my summer WIPs (works in progress). Out of the six things I mentioned, I finished […]

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Fitting meetup - adjusting patterns -

Adjusting patterns – fitting the back

Hi, I hope you’re enjoying your summer – or whatever season is happening in your part of the world! We’ve had some warm weather this month in California, too warm in some parts of the state but great weather for sleeveless dresses and strappy sandals. Earlier this month, I had a lot of fun at a […]

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Vogue Fall 2015 patterns

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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Fabric - cottons and wool -

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 gowns - Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection -

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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Fascinator completed - spring for cotton -

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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Sewing tricky fabrics - Bay Area Sewists meetup -

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 second time we’ve held this meetup. There was a wait list for the first one we held last fall (see Fiddly Fabrics & More…). So […]

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DIY fabric belt - spring for cotton -

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 2015 -

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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