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A Story of Scraps and Self-Care

As you know, I’ve been struggling with depression and anxiety. Depression isn’t about feeling sad; it makes me feel lethargic and drained. I don’t have the desires, the joys, etc. that generally motivate someone to embrace life. On the other hand, anxiety breeds worries over major and minor, real or preserved issues that drain me…

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Pattern Play Tutorial: extended sleeves with thumb holes

I’ve been seeing athletic jackets and long sleeve tees featuring this hand warming detail. I wanted to add thumb holes to my own lounge wear. This tutorial can be used with any jersey long sleeve top pattern (women, men and kids!) as it shows how to custom fit to anyone’s hand. Materials: long sleeve pattern…

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A new dress and a new opportunity

Recently I responded to an open call for writers for a sewing magazine. That led to my work being published in the July/August issue of Sysiden, a Danish sewing magazine managed by pattern designer Maria of MariaDenmark Patterns. Each issue has a pattern that is the main focus. This issue was about a jumpsuit including…

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What’s a mom to do? (My mental health and sewing story)

I recently made a simple oversized tee from the Maker’s Atelier. I love the fabric and chose a pattern I’ve used before. It was a fast project that I eeked out of a yard of fabric. I love everything about this top. I mean a comfy cotton tee that goes with leggings? Perfection. Except I…

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Simplicity 8600 Pattern Review

Hello dear reader, Today I am reviewing Simplicity 8600 blouse pattern. This is the pattern I chose for my blouse course and sew-a-long because it has great teaching elements. The best part of this blouse to me is the placket. It is a construction step that will stretch a beginner’s sewing skill. It is also…

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Shirtmaking

Sometimes a challenge is a great way to build new skills. Also, a made to measure fit means no weird button gaps or strange pulling in key areas like the shoulders, bust, waist, and hips. I plan to teach a course in shirtmaking for intermediate sewers (male and female) looking to take their sewing to…

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I’m certified! (Burda Teacher Certification Course)

I feel accomplished! I carefully planned and scheduled to create the various assignment projects for the beginner and the advanced courses since October. As you can see I had to demonstrate my skills with wovens, knits, pleats, darts, gathers, buttonholes, invisible zippers, etc. It was a fun challenge and I definitely learned a few new…

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Family, food, and fabrications (a book list)

2018 was a strange year for me. It changed my world view. I left teaching to be a stay at home mom. I stopped working on my M.Edu. I lost my father. And of course, USA and world news were insane. I did spend my limited down time exploring new ideas. I wanted to share…

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Thinking v. Doing

I’ve been thinking about sewing. I’ve been drawing, reading, and experimenting. I haven’t been sewing. Honestly, it’s been good. While in Brazil, I read two textbooks about fashion design and fashion illustration. They were quick reads and filled with exercises and assignments. While I didn’t do all the homework, I enjoyed the space and time…

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