Love Notions Olympia

One of my favorite things about sewing is pattern testing.  I love watching the process as the designers perfect each pattern and the fun environment a group of testers creates.  I've made so many great relationships with designers and other testers that I can't help but sign up when the call comes. One of my favorite designers to test for is Tami at Love Notions patterns.  She is so thorough in ...

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Inspiration: Sewing With Crochet Lace

Do you ever get "handsy" with fabrics? Or a particular TYPE of fabric? You see it - maybe on a bolt, maybe on a person, and you just NEED to pet it. (One of those situations being significantly more awkward than the other...) This is me with crochet lace. Perhaps its because knitting, crocheting, and tatting are skills that have always eluded me. Thankfully - sewing has not! And with a whole stock ...

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A Denim Jacket with a Western Twist (Butterick 6390)

Hello, readers! I've been steadily working on filling out holes in my wardrobe and a denim jacket was at the top of my list.  It's such a steady workhorse for casual looks and gives you that needed warmth for crisp spring days.  This was a fun project that looks much more difficult than it is.  If you can set a sleeve and make buttonholes, you can make this denim jacket. I used Butterick ...

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Sporty Casual

There are big changes happening here in the Clevenger house!  If you follow me on Instagram you may know that I recently announced that Eric (my husband) took a new job in a different state.  This is something we have been preparing for a few months now.  Knowing we would have to be moving about this time I knew immediately what I wanted to make for this months project.  I ...

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5 Cozy Knits for Kids

Hi all, it's Gina here for Tie Dye Diva patterns. One of my favorite things about sewing with apparel fabric is the variety of knits available. It seems like every day (well not really, but you know what I mean!) there's some type of knit fabric on the market I've never heard of and I need to touch them, pick them up, see how they drape, test their stretch, fall ...

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Covered in Canvas

I was beyond excited when I saw that Ron had listed Carhartt canvas in some 20 (20!!) colors on the Cali Fabrics site.  If you aren’t familiar with the brand, Carhartt is known for high-quality, premium-yet-affordable workwear in sturdy fabrics like denim and duck (aka, canvas). You may have seen their recent feature in Threads magazine, with a tutorial for the Detroit cuff. I knew this would be fantastic quality ...

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Stretch Lace Dress!

Before I started sewing, my favourite special occasion dress was black stretch lace over taupe lining. It felt elegant and chic, but so comfortable! For this Cali Fabric make, I decided to channel that dress but in a more daytime appropriate way. Cali has a great selection of lace - I was so tempted by this stripe and floral one! - but I chose this classic black stripe lace for a casual-but-classic look. But ...

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Cozy Cardigan

Hi Everyone! I'm back again with this cozy cream cardigan. Becca from Free Notion made a gorgeous Toaster sweater from this same knit and wrote about its tricky nature. Her tips are spot on!! She put together a fantastic post...so go read it! The big difference between Becca's use of this knit and mine is the direction of the cables. she put hers vertically which gives it nice stretch and movement ...

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Lounging around: Toaster Sweater #1 & Hudson Pants

I don't know about you but I really enjoy sewing for special occasions. Give me a dress pattern, a complicated pants pattern - I'm there! Unfortunately, sewing only fancy outfits leaves me all dressed up with no place to go. I decided it was time to sew some practical outfits, starting with some loungewear. For my top, I made the Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater much loved around these parts (check ...

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