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Organizing a Fabric Swap

In March I organized my first fabric swap for the Bay Area Sewists, a meetup group originally founded by Meg of Made By Meg. I took over as organizer of the group in January and we had our first meetup in February, a pattern swap at the Berkeley Public Library’s Community Meeting Room. You can […]

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Emery Dress - photo - sewn by Chuleenan of csews.com - Christine Haynes sewing pattern

Emery Dress with Embellishments

At last my Emery Dress is finished! I began working on it in October when indie designer Christine Haynes’s Emery Dress sewalong for her lovely sewing pattern. (You can buy the pattern here on her website.) This dress has a fitted bodice with bust and waist darts, two sleeve lengths, and an optional collar and bow. I made a […]

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Red Velvet Dress - csews.com

My Chevron Red Velvet Dress

When I went shopping for a knit fabric for the Red Velvet Dress Sewalong, I decided to challenge myself and bought this Ella Moss chevron rayon jersey fabric at Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics in Berkeley. (You can buy the paper pattern here or get the PDF.) I bought small chevron fabric for the bodice and the […]

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Cotton voile gathered skirt - csews.com

The Skirt with a Yoke

Great colors and cool Art Deco-like design – that was my first reaction when I saw this cotton voile at Britex Fabrics in San Francisco. I thought it was an abstract swirly motif, which is what made me want to get it. Later I realized that it was a family. Yep. Look at it and […]

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Stylish Dress Book: Clothing for Everyday Wear - csews.com

Hips, ‘Husky’ Girls, and Japanese Sewing Patterns

A few days ago I got my copy of the English Translation of Stylish Dress Book: Clothing for Everyday Wear by Yoshiko Tsukiori (Laurence King). It was an impulse buy when I was browsing sewing books on Amazon a few weeks ago. I just happened to see it when I was in the midst of […]

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Red Velvet dress and Emery dress sewalongs

Everyday Dresses

A few weeks ago I realized that I don’t have any everyday dresses in my wardrobe. Not one. I have everyday skirts but no everyday dresses. Yep. I’m more of a separates kinda gal so that’s part of the reason. And I guess the other reason is my attitude toward dresses. I guess I think […]

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Fitted tee - Sewing Cake Hummingbird pattern hack - photo by Chuleenan Svetvilas - csews.com

My Sew Red October Project

OK – my Sew Red October project seems a bit lazy (and lame) in comparison to the oh-so-pretty Red Roses Dress that Heather of Handmade by Heather B made or this red polka dot beauty by Roisin of the Dolly Clackett blog. But I wanted to do something super easy after spending many, many hours on […]

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Wool newsboy cap - photo by Chuleenan Svetvilas - csews.com

Wool Newsboy Cap and Beret – Final photos!

A couple of weeks ago, I finally took a bunch of photos of the wool newsboy cap and beret that I made for my husband Kofi. However, he only liked a few of the photos. So here are the “approved” photos. (If you want to read the nitty gritty details on my draft patterns, see […]

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Hummingbird hack - cut pieces

Hashtag Sew Red October

I’m participating in Sew Red October (#sewredoctober) – initially called #redoctober but then it was changed when folks realized that it was a hashtag being used for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. The idea is simple –  sew something in red in October. I first heard about it from Leila of Three Dresses Project […]

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Vintage Swiss dot cotton voile - late 1940s

Winners of My Vintage Fabric Swatch Giveaway

I had a little vintage fabric leftover from my Fall for Cotton project so I decided to some of it away. This Swiss dot voile fabric dates back to the late 1940s, according to Maxie’s Daughter Fabrics, the Philadelphia store where I got the fabric. So I thought it would be nice to let other […]

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