Doubled Brushed Poly 101

  Are you ready for some fun?  With this top, I know I am.  This print is so playful that it is hard not to be happy when wearing it.  The fabric is a Floral and Polka Dot Double Brushed Poly.  There isn't much left, so grab some before it is gone. For this top, I used one of my favorite TNT patterns, the Dixie DIY - Summer Concert Tee.  This pattern ...

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Not So Prickly Cactus Dress

Hey, Sewists!  I have been a busy bee sewing away this month.  I hope you have been sewing this month too.  This time around I am sharing another new summer dress.  Dresses are pretty much my summer uniform and this one fits in so well. First, let me just talk about this fabric!  I used the cactus print double brushed poly in navy.  Unfortunately, this colorway is not available, but there ...

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My Go To Summer Dress

Hey Sewists!  I am excited to share my newest dress with you.  It is no secret that one of my favorite fabric fibers is rayon.  Rayon jersey and rayon challis being my two favorite fabrics at the moment.  Today, I have a new rayon challis dress to share.  This particular kelly green rayon challis to be exact.  Hurry and pick some up quick. It is almost gone.  I promise you won't ...

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Colette Aster in Tencel

Hey, Cali Fabrics Fans!  I am so excited to share one of my latest makes with you all.  I made the Colette Patterns Aster top.  I made version 2 with the pleats at the shoulders. This pattern has been on my to make list since the pattern came out because those pleats are such a cool detail. I used a Lightweight Indigo Tencel Denim, which unfortunately is no longer available. However this Dark ...

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A Tale of Two Chambrays

Hey, chambray fans!  I am so excited to be participating in Chambray Week!  There are some great bloggers lined up this week and I feel lucky to be included.  I was instantly drawn to this gray and white striped chambray and this rust red midweight chambray. I made plans to make three garments: a dress and shorts out of the red, and for the gray and white striped piece a shawl ...

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Sparkling in the Storm

Hey Sewists, how are you doing?  I don't know about you, but I am ready for spring. Here in Chicago we just finished digging ourselves out of nearly 2 feet of snow just in time for it to warm up and melt.  Now it is raining and we are flooding. Before the snow completely melted we had an ice dam form on our roof and cause water to leak into my ...

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Shirt Dress Hack

Hey Makers!  Happy New Year!  I don't know about you but I have a lot of big sewing plans this year.  I want to do more pattern hacking and drafting.  First up for pattern hacking is this version of McCall's 7351.  This pattern is originally a fit and flare shirt dress style.  I knew I wanted to keep bodice portion the same but change the skirt to make it more ...

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Twist on a Basic

Hey, Cali Fabrics Fans!  I have another new piece to share with you all.  I made a view A of Simplicity 8089.  For my version, I used the Lagoon Midweight Stretch Ponte De Roma which is a great teal color that was missing from my fall wardrobe.  The idea for this top came from Pinterest.  I saw a similar top for sale from one of those overseas companies that sell garments for super ...

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Transitioning to Fall

  Hey, Sewists!  Now that I knocked the last bit of summer sewing off my list, I am ready for fall.  Fall is my absolute favorite season because of the wool textures.  Plaids, houndstooth, herringbone, you name it when it comes to wool and I want it.  It is still a bit too warm around here for wool just yet, so I am easing into it by making some pieces that will ...

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Summer, Don’t Go!

Hey, Fabric Lovers!  How are you doing?  I am enjoying the last fleeting days of summer.  Even though fall is my favorite season and I have a ton of fall sewing plans, the sunning warm summer days are fading fast. I haven't done much sewing this summer since we moved to Chicago. I have been too busy repainting rooms and unpacking boxes.  My new sewing studio isn't even all the ...

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Modern Denim

Oh my gosh!  I made a denim jacket and best of all I am completely smitten with it!!  Before I keep gushing about my latest creation let's start with some basics. For this jacket, I used 2.5 yards of Dark Blue Designer Waxed Denim.  I had not sewn with waxed denim previously, so I was curious to how this fabric would sew up and hold up.  Before I started, I ...

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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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Colorful Additions

Well hello there!  We received our first small snowfall of the season the day I decided to take photos.  It is awfully chilly here in Indiana right now.  My neighbor saw me out and actually told me it was too cold to be out taking pictures.  But I braved the cold just so I could share two new tops with you all. I have a probably some what unhealthy obsession with ...

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Dressing Merry Men

    Fall is finally here!  I love this time of year.  The weather is just perfect for me.  I love tall boots and scarves.  I think the leaves changing colors is gorgeous.  This is also one of my busiest sewing times of the year.  In the fall, my husband and I go to the Ohio Renaissance Festival with our friends and we host a Halloween Murder Mystery party. This means I pretty ...

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Sewing with Sequins

Hey Sewists!  I am so excited to share my first project post with you all.  I knew I wanted to talk about working with sequins because they can be quite intimidating to some sewists.  I promise they really are not that scary!  I hope that I can inspire you to try making a garment with sequin fabric. My first thought was to use Simplicity 8016 view C, which is a loose ...

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Hey, I’m Sarah!

Hey Sewists!  I am Sarah and I blog at Musings of a Seamstress.  I am a Midwestern girl who has a passion for sewing, knitting, cooking, traveling, and photograpy. I have been with my husband  for 15 years. We have two cats and two dogs who keep us on our toes.  We are currently in the process of adopting our first child, which I blog about from time to time.   My ...

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