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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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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Another drafting tutorial!

I’m excited to announce that my summer spent learning pattern drafting has produced some brilliant results in terms of modifications to basic patterns. This time I redrafted my Adele top from StyleArc into a maternity dress with a mock turtle neck, bell sleeves, and bell skirt. You can really see the 20 week twin baby…

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Thoughts on Vogue’s New Collection

Sometimes when I see Vogue’s trendy stuff all I can say is “huh?” There are a few gems though. First, I love Sandra Betzina’s new sportswear combo. Here are the two dresses I’m thinking about buying. Trouble is I have tons of dress patterns I haven’t used. Why buy more? Here some nice skirts but…

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Holiday PJs and my Blogiversary

My blog is 3 years old! Can you believe it! He’s 3 too! I can’t believe it! I made him this set of PJs for Christmas (a size too big for room to grow). Isn’t he such a ham? Yeah, I did make a few others and a set of bottoms for myself, but nothing exciting.…

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My C.A.T. Collection is Complete!

Here it is! I know it is overdue. I completely missed the contest deadline, but I’m okay with that.   Photos of me courtesy of my lovely co-faculty member Anabel B.! Final numbers: -5.5-6 yds Stash Fabric -$14.63 for notions and thread not in stash Not bad for a versatile mini-collection. I want to continue building work…

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