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Outside pocket for a skirt

Last month I made an A-line linen skirt and attached an outside pocket to the waistband. I mentioned that I was going to show how I made the pocket. I wanted ...

Mimosa Culottes - Named Clothing sewing pattern - CSews.com

Mimosa Culottes by Named Clothing

Hi, I finally finished my Mimosa Culottes! According to my May blog post on PDF patterns, I bought this Named Clothing pattern about a year ago. Then I made my first muslin ...

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 ...

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Sewing pattern height - what height patterns design for

Sewing pattern height – a chart

Everyone’s body is different. We come in all shapes and sizes. Some ...
Pilvi Coat from Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style sewing book - fabric with ASCII art design

Pilvi Coat No. 2 – Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style

Hi! I finished my Pilvi Coat just in time to wear it ...
Printing PDF patterns - here are some options in the US - from copy shops to PDFplotting.com, an online source.

Printing PDF patterns – what are your options?

If a sewing pattern has a paper and a PDF version, the ...

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Simplicity, Vogue, New Look sewing patterns for fall

Fall sewing patterns – Simplicity and Vogue

Hi, I finally took some time to go through the new fall sewing patterns from the Big 4 – Butterick, McCalls, Simplicity and Vogue. I wondered if I would see anything I liked. Some patterns were not very interesting or were just things I wouldn’t wear. But I did see a few from each company […]

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Sapporo Coat - Papercut Patterns - C Sews

Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat – mockup version

Hi, it’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been sewing but I’ve had little time to blog. I even had a paying sewing gig at a startup last week but I can’t say much about it because I signed an NDA. Anyway I attached my iPhone to a tripod mount and took these photos of […]

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MyBodyModel - custom croquis - Kickstarter

MyBodyModel – a custom croquis

Hi! The Kickstarter campaign for MyBodyModel just began this week. What is it? Well, it’s a web app to create custom body templates based on your own measurements. MyBodyModel is the brainchild of Erica Schmitz, a sewist who wanted to be able to visualize how a particular style or pattern would look on her body. If […]

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Summer sewing plans

It’s August already and I still have some summer sewing to do. Luckily, it does stay warm in the Bay Area through September, and sometimes October. I’ve been going over my initial sewing plans for the year (see my Make Nine post) and going through my patterns and my fabric to see what I can […]

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Destashing fabric on Facebook and Instagram - csews.com

Destashing fabric on Facebook and Instagram

Hi, I don’t have a huge fabric stash but I don’t have much storage space in my apartment. I don’t have a dedicated sewing room or fabric on shelves. My fabric is in a couple of bins and some bags. So I decided to experiment and try destashing fabric online specifically via Facebook and Instagram. […]

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Denim fashion - denim ensembles

Denim fashion – ensembles v. separates

Hi, I like denim, especially dark denim. I’ve never worn an all denim outfit though – for example a denim jacket and jeans. That look just makes me think farmer, not fashion. But I added a “Casual Style for Women” board to my  C Sews Pinterest account earlier this year and I’ve pinned quite a few […]

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Linen skirt with outside pocket detail - self-drafted A-line skirt - CSews.com

Self-drafted A-line skirt with an outside pocket

Hi, I wanted to make a quick skirt so I decided to use the pattern I created for a skirt lining. I made the lining pattern in 2011 for my A-line block skirt from the Japanese sewing book Basic Black (affiliate link here). The skirt has three main pieces – the front, back and the […]

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Mimosa Culottes (Named) sewing pattern review by CSews.com

Review – Mimosa Culottes sewing pattern

Hi! Here’s my article on Pattern Review of the Mimosa Culottes sewing pattern by Named, a Finnish indie pattern company, which I blogged about in May here. The review is also on The Fold Line here. Pattern Description: From the pattern: Very wide-legged, mid-length culottes, high waist, diagonal pleats and side pockets in front, a neat, narrow […]

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Sewing at the Google Garage with Bay Area Sewists

Hi, last weekend the Bay Area Sewists meetup group had a Sew Together meetup at the Google Garage – the volunteer-run maker space at the tech giant’s Mountain View location in Silicon Valley. I’m the organizer for the meetup group and Ali, one of our members who works at Google, graciously reserved the space, making it possible for us […]

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Me Made May – a wardrobe shift

Hi! If you’re participating in this year’s Me Made May, perhaps you’ve been wearing a handmade outfit everyday. Organized by Zoe of So Zo What do You Know? – she describes Me Made May as “a challenge designed to encourage people who sew/knit/crochet/refashion/upcycle garments for themselves to wear and love them more.” (emphasis hers) You can read more […]

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Hello Stitch Studio in Berkeley

Hello Stitch – a new sewing studio

Hey, Berkeley now has a new sewing studio with sewing machines, sergers and a long-arm quilter! Hello Stitch offers a place to sew for members as well as sewing and quilting classes (read about membership benefits here). Kristen, Stacey and Terri, the founders of Hello Stitch Studio, “wanted to create a space where people can be inspired to sew […]

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Sewing patterns that are best suited for women with Alzheimer's - and what to avoid.

Alzheimer’s clothing – sewing patterns for women

Hi, I only blogged once in April so I’m making up for lost time and posting twice this week. The posts I’ve been working on have required more time to put together because I needed to gather information or images. (For example, see yesterday’s post on sewing pattern height.) Today’s post is about Alzheimer’s clothing, garments […]

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