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Finished: My tunic top from a French sewing book

Ta-daaaa! This is the tunic top I made from a French sewing book, Dressing chic: Vetements et accessoires, which I got for $6 from the Readers Bookstore at the San Francisco ...

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Finished: My Red Anna Dress

I made a red Anna Dress! This is the second project I made as part of my summer stashbusting mission. Yep – I’m participating in Summer Stashbust 2014. My first ...

The Trench - Christinen Haynes pattern - Chic & Simple Sewing - csews.com

The Trench – Christine Haynes Pattern

I’m on a stashbusting mission – spurred by The Quirky Peach, who launched a Summer Stashbust Challenge in June. I had intended to make The Trench from Christine Haynes‘ first book Chic & Simple Sewing but ...

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Summer Stashbust 2014!

My fabric stash is growing along with my list of projects I’d ...
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My Bluegingerdoll Winifred Dress

At long last, here is my Winifred Dress, which I’ve been sporadically ...
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The Anna Dress – Celebrating Sewing Indie Month!

Wooooheeee! I finished the Anna Dress late last night – or should ...

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How to Keep Your Hat on Your Head with Hat Elastics

If you like hats, even if you only  wear one a few times a year, you don’t want it to blow off your head on a windy day. Nothing’s worse than chasing your hat down the sidewalk or watching it drift into traffic (yes, that’s happened to me). To keep your hat on your head, you […]

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I’m Teaching a Sewing Class at Makeshift Society!

I’m teaching a sewing class – Learn to Revive and Repair Your Clothes at Makeshift Society in San Francisco on Tues., Sept. 16! I decided to teach this class for two reasons: I’ve met people over the past year or so who don’t know how to do simple repairs, such as repair a hem or […]

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Bay Area Sewists Meetup – August 2014

On August 17, Bay Area Sewists held a meetup at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics in Berkeley. The second floor, where we met, is where the store holds its many sewing and crafts classes. It’s also where you’ll find many sale fabrics (50% off!). This was one of our smaller groups; we were limited to 21 […]

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Bay Area Sewists Meetup – Fabric Swap

The Bay Area Sewists Meetup group had a fun fabric swap last Saturday! I’m the organizer for this group. More than 30 people came to the swap – our biggest turnout so far this year – and they brought some great fabric to share. The meetup took place at the Berkeley Public Library. Here’s a group photo […]

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Border print from Britex Fabrics

Using Border Print Fabric in a Dresss

For many months I had a little over two yards of this gorgeous border print, which I bought from Britex Fabrics as a remnant (yes, they have generously cut remnants!). It’s a cotton with lycra fabric from Italy, 60 inches wide, with the print getting larger at the selvedges, with the bigger squarish elements about 6 inches […]

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Update on My Anna Dress

I’m thrilled to announce that my Anna Dress made the short list for the Dressed to the Nines contest! I made this dress as a participant of Sewing Indie Month, which was created and organized by Mari of Seamster Patterns. The Dressed to the Nine category is hosted by Laura Mae of the lovely blog […]

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Bay Area Sewists – Meetup 4 and 5!

On May 17 Bay Area Sewists had our fourth meetup – a pattern swap – at Berkeley Public Library. Plenty of members brought scores of patterns – many more than I photographed here. But hey, I was took busy looking at patterns so I forgot to take photos at the beginning when the tables were […]

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How to Make a Fabric-covered Belt Buckle

I love fabric-covered belt buckles! So when I saw this kit at Lacis in Berkeley, I bought it right away. I had only seen some vintage buckle kits at second-hand places. If you don’t live in the Bay Area, you can order this kit and other styles and sizes (square, circle, rectangle) from Lacis’s online catalog. […]

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Me Made May 2014: Days 2-12

On the first of May I committed to five days a week of wearing something I sewed for Me Made May 2014. (If you haven’t heard about MMM14, read about on So Zo’s blog.) On Day 1 I wore a skirt I made a few years ago. All the photos were taken with my iPhone – so apologies […]

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Me Made May 2014

I’ve been debating whether or not I should participate in Me Made May this year. I don’t really have enough handmade clothes for each day. But reading a post by Leila of Three Dresses finally convinced me. She pledged to wear something handmade five days a week. So I immediately thought, Yes! That’s doable! So […]

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