My first Style Arc order!

I am a total pattern hog. I have tons of them. I’ve sometimes bought the same pattern twice, and not because I loved it that much, I just forgot I bought it before. I have rarely used patterns twice, let alone developed them into TNT pattern the way the Sewing Fanatic describes. I used to…

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Affordable Inspiration from Fashion Week

I usually find the Fashion Week fashions a little over the top and unrealistic with all the layers and the heels that I can’t walk in, but there are some brands that I do look at. So while watching matador inspired lines in Buenos Aries, and Dior’s see through gowns in Paris. I found the…

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Year of Pants take 1

I have finished my first pair of pants for the year! Since 2009 to be exact. This is also one of my nine pieces for the Wardrobe Basics sew-a-long. Hurray! Eight more to go! I used Simplicity 2373, pants view, and my grandmother’s pinch method. For some reason my Elgen sewing machine did not come…

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Fitting Pants: a new trick!

So in an effort to improve my fitting skills, I have been reading up on how to fit pants. Not the easiest reading, but I came across a tip using a carpenter’s flexi-ruler. So I decided to test drive it. Step 1: Measure a crotch the already fits. I used a pair of Cato 16…

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Post Baby Wardrobe Building

I have been reading up about wardrobe building and I’ve found some great resources. In Sewing Plum’s post “A Good Wardrobe Pattern for a Core Wardrobe” she lists several patterns that are nice, but the best moment for me was in the answer for what is a good core wardrobe, whether its casual or professional.…

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Happy Birthday 3 months later…

I finished my husband’s birthday present! Finally! What an odyssey. I didn’t even cut the muslin out until a month after his birthday and then practiced Susan’s couture muslin techniques to the letter so that took a significant amount of time. As for the actual fashion fabric I didn’t use any couture techniques unless you…

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I finished something!

With all the machine problems and whatnot, I have felt like my sewing was stuck in limbo. But finally I have finished a project, entirely cut and sewn in Brazil around naptime! As I mentioned in a previous post, I cut this pink Rayon snakeskin using Burda 7379. Here’s the  front: I love how the…

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