Hi there, I’m Rachel!

Hello there! I'm Rachel from Sew RED-y, but you can call me RED! I was born and raised a New Orleans girl but now I currently reside in Tucson, Arizona. My partners in crime are my husband, 2 cats named Tasso and Boudin, and 2 chickens named Caroline and Chickie von Poopenstein. I am a supervisor by day but my real passion is sewing! The love-for-sewing seed was planted when I ...

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The Most Comfortable Ginger “Jeans”

I was on a roll making the ever-popular Closet Case Ginger Jeans left and right, but I had yet to make them from something other than denim. The pattern calls for a stretch fabric since it's for skinny jeans, so I wondered what else would work. I saw this olive green heather ponte de roma fabric and thought I could give it a try. And what do you know, it worked! ...

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Chambray Week Introduction

Welcome to chambray week.  Sit back with your tray tables in their upright and locked positions and enjoy the ride!  You're in for a treat!  6 amazing bloggers have worked their magic with chambray fabric from CaliFabrics and have some inspiration for you. Classic Blue Cotton Chambray   First of all, we need to make sure we're all on the same page about chambray. Chambray fabric is a woven fabric. It has colored ...

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Bruyere and Granville Frankenpattern!

What do you do when you have a large pattern stash but an idea for a piece that doesn't quite fit what you already have? Why, you dream up the perfect Frankenpattern, of course! UrbanDictionary.com defines the term "Frankenpattern" as: frankenpattern To pattern using multiple styles and mis-matched pattern pieces. The end result is a combination of the garments that leaves the patternmaker horrified as to how it was put together, but usually no one else knows ...

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Not-So-Prickly Cactus Pajamas

When you live in the desert, it makes sense to have cactus-inspired clothing. Even though I'm a swamp/New Orleans girl at heart, I couldn't say no to this adorable cactus double-brushed poly spandex knit! Although it bears little prickly friends, this fabric is legit the most comfortable you'll ever put on your body. Double brushed poly spandex is "brushed" on both sides to make for a super-soft texture. The good news ...

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A Stretch Velvet Holiday Dress

When I told my Mom that I was making a stretch velvet dress for Christmas, she wasn't too sure about my creative decision. I assured her it would be a magical throwback to the '90s where velvet skater dresses reigned supreme. I made sure I didn't disappoint: I've had an itch to make something in stretch velvet ever since I saw Tami's awesome silver shirt and Becca's inspiration post on how to ...

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Chambray Shirting Love

I have finally reached a point where instead of making the latest, greatest, shiniest thing, I'm making wardrobe staples to replace the ill-fitting RTW (Ready-To-Wear) clothes in my closet. It might sound boring to some but I find some of the greatest satisfaction in making clothes I will wear the heck out of and not just for special occasions. Enter the Sewaholic Granville Shirt: I LOVE this pattern to make shirts ...

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Three Fabrics, One Pattern

One of the things I love most about sewing is you can totally change the look and feel of a piece of clothing depending on the fabric you choose. I decided to have a bit of an experiment with the True Bias Ogden Cami and some very different fabrics from Cali Fabrics. Let's take a look! 1. Silk Ogden Cami (AKA Dreamy Cami) 1 This was my first time working with real silk and ...

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It’s All About Texture: A Crinkle Knit Blackwood Cardigan

When I first started sewing, I was all about making clothes out of the coolest prints I could find. Now that I'm trying to make a more cohesive wardrobe, I find I'm leaning toward solids. But I still crave that little bit of "cool" since most people (or just me) think solids = boring. That's when texture comes into play! When the Blackwood Cardigan from Helen's Closet came out, I knew I ...

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The Little Mermaid Inspired Yoga Set

Let me start this post off by saying that yes, I am 33, and yes, I still want to play dress-up. But running around town in a full-on princess dress just doesn't cut it in "civilized" society unless you're under the age of 6. Not fair! But thankfully, sewing has given me the freedom to still throw in some fun (some may say childish) ideas when I make clothes for myself. I started ...

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Slubbed Knit + Oslo Cardigan = Match Made in Heaven

Hot cocoa. Twinkling lights. Thick fuzzy socks. Cozy cardigans. Winter is a wonderful time to hunker down with a good movie or book and get all snuggled up on the couch. It's also a wonderful time to make and show off those cold-weather sewing projects! I have a couple of RTW (ready-to-wear) cardigans I use at work, but they're so thin and boring. Sigh. I have always been on the hunt for ...

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A Stripey Rayon Jersey Hemlock

The holidays are finally in full swing! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of food, family, and fabric. ;-) I know most of you are probably bundled up in cozy sweaters but down here in Tucson we are still rocking the lighter garments. At least it's finally boot weather! And what better to go with jeans and boots than a spiffy striped top? When I first laid eyes on ...

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A Fall Catarina Camisole Hack

Do you feel it? The sweltering nights are getting cooler, the days are getting shorter... that must mean fall is coming! Maybe fall is already here for you northern U.S. (or European or whatever other country you're from!) folks, but down here in southern Arizona it comes gradually and hits us full-on in November. Wait, make that December. Sigh. So whereas fall-appropriate clothing usually consists of cozy thick cardigans, knit beanies, and ...

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The Katie Kimono

Hey Everybody! How are you all doing out there? I'm doing well, but I have to admit, I'm feeling a bit nervous as I write this. I mean, I'm blogging on someone else's blog, and not just anyone's blog, a fabric store's blog! Eeeeep! How cool is this? Anyway, I better get on with it, before the boss catches me gossiping by the water cooler. When I was shopping on the CaliFabrics ...

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Hi, I’m Jen

Hello! I’m Jen, and I create PDF sewing patterns for baby and children’s wear over at Tie Dye Diva Sewing Patterns.  I love the technical side of patternmaking almost as much as I love the creative side of choosing fabrics and sewing them! My assistant Rachel and I keep the Tie Dye Diva Sewing Patterns blog full of sewing tips and tutorials and features of new patterns. We also like ...

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Blog Contributors

Inside the Hem We are Abbey and Lindsey from Inside The Hem. We publish YouTube videos all about sewing! More About Lindsey & Abbey Leslie Hey, I'm Leslie. By day, I’m a geologist. I have a Ph.D. in the field and I do research related to volcanoes. More About Leslie Tanya Hello there! I’m a Northern California ranch gal in love with retro styles, kitschy prints and bright colors. More About Tanya Katie Hi, I’m Katie from the Creative ...

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