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PROJKT Maiden Lane - Britex Fabrics fall fashion show - Sept. 23, 2016, 7 pm to 9 pm

Win a ticket to PROJKT Maiden Lane!

UPDATE! Rafflecopter picked two random winners! Liz and Grace! You have both been sent emails that you won! Congratulations! UPDATE to the update: Liz can no longer attend so I had Rafflecopter pick another winner and that person is Marilyn! Congrats to Marilyn! Hi! I have an extra General Admission ticket to the Britex Fabrics […]

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Washing indigo fabric - shibori, Synthrapol - CSews.com

Washing indigo fabric – a DIY tutorial for hand-dyed fabric

Hi, I wrote a post earlier this month about the indigo dyeing workshop I organized for the Bay Area Sewists, which you can read here. However, that post just focused on the dyeing part. That post got really long and then I realized that I didn’t discuss washing indigo fabric after it has finished oxidizing. So here’s that […]

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DIY Shibori – Indigo dyeing fabric – Part 1

Hi, earlier this year, I took an indigo dyeing (also known as Shibori) workshop taught by Anna Joyce at Craftcation, which was so easy and so much fun. You can see photos from the workshop in my post My Craftcation 2016 Weekend. When I posted photos on my Instagram feed (@csews), a Bay Area Sewists member Ali (@sewmsboncha), commented […]

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Sewing with lace – a resource list

Last year Natalie Wiener, the notions manager at Britex Fabrics, gave the Bay Area Sewists a great overview of lace for our Learn about Lace meetup. (I’m the organizer for the group.) She also gave us a really helpful handout with links to lace tutorials and more on lace. I put a version of this list as a […]

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Milinery tutorials for Britex Fabrics blog - making a lace hat and removable ribbon hat bands by Chuleenan of CSews.com

My millinery tutorials for Britex Fabrics

Hi, I wrote my first tutorials for Britex Fabrics blog this month! I decided to focus on millinery because I wanted to make a lace hat from a Patricia Underwood Vogue pattern (V8891), plus I wanted to replace a ribbon on an old hat. It was initially going to be one post but it got really long so Britex decided […]

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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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Pilvi Coat - Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style - C Sews

The Pilvi Coat from Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style

Hi! I got the sewing book Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style (affiliate link here) for my birthday earlier this year. It features several wardrobe basics – skirts, tops, pants, and jackets, plus bags. most of the projects in the book use her fabric designs. (You can see her fabric collections at Windham Fabrics and her other products on her website here.) […]

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Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics – What’s next?

In February the Bay Area sewing community was shocked to hear that Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics was going to stop offering sewing classes at the end of June. This great store had offered classes for two decades. Owner Suzan Steinberg made this momentous announcement on her Fabric Lady blog. You can read that post here. As the news […]

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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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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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