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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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Big four sewing patterns for spring - Butterick, McCalls, Simplicity, Vogue

Big Four sewing patterns – a look at spring possibilities

Hi! I’ve been pinning a lot of early spring fashion photos on my @csews Pinterest board “Sewing Inspiration.” Then I waited to see what was in store for Big Four sewing patterns – the Big Four being Butterick, McCalls, Simplicity and Vogue. I meant to post about it last week but went off-topic and wrote […]

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Men's cardigan sewing patterns - Burda, Kwik Sew

Men’s Cardigan sewing patterns – Kwik Sew 3724 and Burda 6030

It was my husband Kofi’s birthday last month and I told him I’d sew him a cardigan. I confess I didn’t spend a whole lot of time searching for men’s cardigan sewing patterns. I wanted a more traditional v-neck cardigan rather than making another Thread Theory Newcastle Cardigan, which I made last year and blogged […]

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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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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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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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Vogue 5380 dresses

My Vintage Weekend

Last weekend was my vintage weekend. On Saturday I stopped by the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, which was having a sale of vintage clothes, shoes, and other accessories. This place  occasionally gets vintage goods from its estate services.  The next day I went to the Alameda Flea Market a.k.a. the Alameda Point Antiques […]

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Red dress - no interfacing

Choosing the Right Interfacing

I’ve been thinking a lot about interfacing lately because I’ve been trying to figure out if I want to use what this Vogue pattern (V2984, now out of print) recommends (60″ nylon fusible knit interfacing) for this wool crepe jacket — or use something else. I’m not sure what that “something else” will be so I […]

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