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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An end of year moment

So I haven’t posted in ages, but the end of year stress as a teacher/Grad Student/Mom-o-3 has led to a little stress relief shopping that I thought I would share. While shopping, I created this cute little collage to keep me focused (mostly worked…) I have been loving seeing Ashley Graham everywhere lately as she is…

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I completed a SSW:DS wardrobe!

So if you follow the Sew Alongs and Sewing Contests Facebook group, you know that SSW stands for Sew Seasonal Wardrobe, a recurring challenge hosted by the Facebook group. I really recommend this group for inspiration, support, etc. Anyway, the Deep Stash Challenge (aka DS) runs January 1st to April 30th and challenges seamstresses to…

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Sewing baby stuff finally!

As we’ve been prepping for the twins, I’ve had to relocate my sewing table and stash (along with some thoughtful purging). My new sewing corner was finally usable this weekend, so I was able to finish up some baby sewing. First, a set of baby snugglers courtesy of Lotta Jansdotter’s free pattern. I found the…

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Stylish Musings

I know as seamstresses, we tend to put a lot of love and time into a project. Sometimes we’re rewarded with a piece we can’t imagine living without, and others are little sh*ts we never want to see again. As I’ve been contemplating my postpartum wardrobe, previous sewing wins, and my closet workhorses, I’ve been…

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