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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 version. This high-waisted skirt has inverted box pleats, which are great for wide hips. You can just cut the size for your waist and not worry […]

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Papercut and StyleArc patterns

StyleArc and Papercut Patterns – two indie sewing patterns

Hi, it was my birthday earlier this month so in January I told my sisters about some international patterns I liked. And my sisters are like my fairy godmothers – they granted my wishes! I got the StyleArc Juliet Woven Shirt, which I have been eying, along with the Imogen Knit Skirt, a free pattern for January. […]

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Make Nine 2017 - Sewaholic, Vogue, Deer & Does, Sew House Seven

2017 Make Nine – sewing plans for the new year

I don’t usually plan what I’m going to make for the year but I have bought many patterns over the past year, not to mention the scores of patterns that are already in my collection. So I decided to make a list of my #2017MakeNine, which was started by Rochelle of Lucky Lucille last year […]

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Wrap pants Vogue 9191 - pattern review

Pattern Review – Vogue 9191 sewing pattern

Hi, reviewed the Vogue 9191 wrap pants sewing pattern on Pattern Review. I made them last month and blogged about them here. You can find my review on Pattern Review here (I’m Csews on PR) and you can read it below. Pattern Description: This pattern has four pieces – poncho, sleeveless top, shorts, wide-leg front-wrap […]

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Vogue 9191 wrap pants

Vogue 9191 wrap pants – comfortable and easy to make

Hi, I bought this Vogue 9191 pattern on sale earlier this year from the Vogue Patterns website and wanted to make the wrap pants. They looked so comfortable and they seemed simple to make. I started making them a few weeks ago. They didn’t take long to make but I only had time to work […]

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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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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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Using a paper trimmer for PDF patterns - csews.com

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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Vogue patterns - V9191 - V1417 - V8891 - csews.com

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 were on sale for $5.99 but the sale was ending that day! I wasn’t sure what time it would end because I’m on the West Coast […]

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Nita Wrap Skirt - Sew DIY - featured - csews.com

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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My sewing indie pattern prizes

Hi, I hope you’re having a fun October! This week I had a delightfully tough time choosing which indie patterns I wanted as part of my Everyday Casual Sewalong Contest prizes. Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick which specializes in petite and petite plus size patterns, officially offered the Mimosa Blouse PDF pattern. However, Betsy, the SBCC’s designer told […]

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Winifred Dress - Bluegingerdoll Patterns - front view - csews.com

My Bluegingerdoll Winifred Dress

At long last, here is my Winifred Dress, which I’ve been sporadically working on since March and finally finished in May! I really meant to complete this Bluegingerdoll Pattern ages ago but I had to work on my hubby’s Newcastle Cardigan, plus it took me a while to get my Winifred pattern adjustments just right for my broad […]

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