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Vogue Patterns I bought

Last Friday I was online looking for vintage patterns. I went to Vogue Patterns’ website to see if there were any vintage reissues.  I was excited to see that all patterns ...

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My trip to New York’s Garment District

Last January I was on the East Coast to visit family in New Jersey and I also snuck in a quick jaunt to New York. Because I only had a day to spend in ...

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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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Sewing pattern organization - Bay Area Sewists - csews.com

Sewing pattern organization

Bay Area Sewists had a pattern swap meetup in February. Members brought ...
BayBay Area Sewists pattern swap

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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Farewell, Bill Cunningham

  New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham passed away yesterday. He tirelessly captured fashion on the streets for decades. You can see Bill’s “On the Street” videos for the Times here, which feature his photos and his observations on what he photographed. For learn more about Bill, read his Times obituary here, New Yorker theater critic Hilton Als on Bill’s […]

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My $50 of Mood Fabrics

At the end of April Rachel of House of Pinheiro did a post about making her first pair of jeans, which you can read here. She made her jeans using Theory indigo stretch cotton denim from Mood Fabrics (sorry, sold out or I would link to it). And Rachel was offering a giveaway – a […]

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Four PDF patterns I bought

Last week I blogged about the paper trimmer I got for the PDF patterns I recently purchased. I also mentioned that this week I would discuss which patterns I got. So here they are! For quite some I’ve been hearing about Named—the Finnish indie pattern company founded by two sisters—and the popular Inari Tee Dress and its other version, the Inari […]

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Paper trimmers are great for PDF patterns

I’ve only assembled a few PDF patterns and in each case, I used my craft scissors to trim off the borders. It’s one of those mindless things you can do in front of the TV. But I went on a mini PDF buying binge a couple of weeks ago and I was not looking forward […]

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And the winner of the embroidery pattern…

… Gothic Grandeur by Sublime Stitching is… [drum roll please] … Carol! To select the winner, I used random.org to generate a number based on the number of entries. The number that popped up was “2.” So that meant the second person to comment was the winner. The giveaway was mentioned in my Craftcation 2016, […]

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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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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 a review of the pattern but a preview. (You can see her other patterns here.) It was a little windy during this photo shoot so […]

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Tutorial: Repairing an ugly tear

Hi, have you ever had to repair an ugly tear? Yesterday my husband tore the vest I made him a few years ago. He wears it a lot so he was really upset and of course, told me, “You have to fix this!” The tear was nearly 2 inches (5 cm) long in the center […]

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Featured - Vogue 2934 - vintage reissue 1950

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 originally released in 1950. (This version is now out of print. I got it on sale at Joann’s a few years ago.) I really like […]

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