Sewing Stripes Without Pins

Every good sewist will tell you that the secret to sewing stripes is to pin, pin, pin... so I'm here to show you a dress made with just 2 or 3 pins! (After all, I love Lazy Tips for Sewing Knits!) Here are my top tips for life with minimal pins: 1. Choose a good quality fabric. Look, we've all been there - we prewash a cute stripe jersey and it comes out of ...

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Revisiting Old Favorites

The evolution of the sewing blogging community has been an interesting thing to witness. I myself have been blogging about sewing (off and on) since 2011(!). In those early days, the phrase TnT, which stands for tried-and-true, was used quite a bit. Many of us made it a habit to use the same patterns over and again in a variety of colors or fabrics. Why fix what isn’t broken, right? ...

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French Terry vs. Stretch Sweatshirt Fleece

Today I’ve got another fabric comparison post for you!  Just like last time when I compared 3 different fabrics using the same pattern, this time I used the same pattern to compare 2 fabrics.  Both these fabrics are suitable and recommended for making this hoodie pattern, so it really comes down to personal preference.   The pattern I used is the Halifax Hoodie by Hey June Patterns.  I made view C ...

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A Cozy Ribbed Sweater Knit

Since I'm here in sunny California, I have only recently had to add layers over my tops.  I'm a sucker for sweaters, so I love being able to pull on a warm cardigan and go about my day.  What I love about sewing (as opposed to say, knitting) is that I can whip up cardigans and sweaters made from soft sweater knits fairly quickly, especially with some of the basic ...

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French Terry Sweatpants for Everyone!

Recently I must have been in a sweatpants sewing mood because (almost) everyone got sweatpants!  To me fall=french terry.  So everyone got french terry sweatpants!   First the boys got to choose and so they chose camouflage french terry fabric.  For some reason, my two youngest boys will only wear camouflage if given the choice.  Head to toe, full garb, camo all the time.  So whatever!   (Photographic proof over on ...

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A Pirates Life for Christmas (Free Sewing Pattern)

My siblings and I fought the giggles that were tickling the insides of our tummies. Thump thump thump….. Boom! My brother flew into the bedroom and slammed the door behind him. “Mom and Dad are still downstairs and there aren’t any presents yet! I almost got in so much trouble for peeking!” We all laughed and then went back to playing. The minor disappointment of the presents not being there didn’t ...

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Time Traveling to 1895

Hi Readers! I'm happy to share my latest historical costume with you.  This one takes us back to about 1895, complete with huge puffed sleeves, ribbons and rosettes.  This isn't my first foray into Late Victorian sewing, but it is the first time that I went with bold sleeves and a historically accurate flat lining and bodice boning. To start with, I used Laughing Moon #103, an 1890's waist with four bodice ...

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Tori Richard Cotton Lawn – A tale of lobsters

It seems that as the weather gets colder and summer really comes to end (I'm clinging to it folks!) I feel compelled to sew a final garment in a lightweight cotton lawn fabric.  I really didn't need my annual tradition as an excuse this year because this cotton lawn isn't just any cotton lawn, it's a Tori Richard cotton lawn.  Ok I have to admit I wasn't familiar with the name, ...

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Ponte Fabric: A Complete Guide

Today we're going to dig deep into a pile of ponte fabric...what a nice, soft, comfortable place to be!  Join me as we explore all the ins and outs of ponte.  And when you're ready to start your own project with ponte fabric, check out the great selection at CaliFabrics! Definition of ponte fabric: Officially named Ponte de Roma, ponte is a double knit fabric.  It’s very soft and sturdy fabric which ...

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You Can Hack It, Costume Edition

Well, I know the title gave it away, but I have a rather different type of outfit for you today. You see apparently, when you move to Atlanta with someone who loved comics and superheros as a kid, attending an event called DragonCon is inevitable haha. And when you attend this event in the clothing I commonly wear, as we did last year, you stand out. So this year, we decided costumes were ...

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The Perfect Fall Fabric: Brushed Waffle Knit

Hi guys! You’re not going to believe this, but I actually made something for myself! (Yes, please look out for flying pigs today. Lol). The Madison Cardigan  This particular project had many firsts: 1. First time sewing and completing a garment for myself. 2. First time sewing with brushed waffle knit 3. First time photographing myself and  4. First time blogging about it.  It was a fun experience and I thought I’d share with you ...

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Leveling Up, A Happy Accident

How many of you pick a pattern, not paying close attention to the details, only to discover you’d be forced to learn a new sewing trick? What, just me? Haha When I picked this pattern, I did so based on the casual silhouette and the detail of the interesting back pleat. If you follow my blog as well, you may recall I used this pattern for my purple lyocell shirtdress. This ...

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3 Tips for Sewing DBP

I admit I have fallen deep down the double brushed poly rabbit hole.  This time around I have a new amazing dress to share.  This is the Cashmerette Appleton Wrap Dress.  This is the second time I have made this pattern. The first one was a couple years ago. I for the life of me cannot figure out what took me so long to make a second! This pattern is ...

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Can you wear rayon in the fall?

Can you wear rayon in the fall?  That became the question after I sewed this blouse from rayon challis fabric and wasn’t ready to stop wearing it just because summer had ended.  On the calendar anyway!   A blouse with perfect drape and flow requires just the right fabric, and rayon challis fits the bill perfectly.  And thankfully, CaliFabrics has a very large selection to choose from! This particular one is ...

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Playing with Pleather – The Freedom in Costume Sewing

It’s time for Halloween sewing! Costume sewing is a perfect way to get out of your comfort zone because you can always fall back on “well, it’s just a costume” that will only be worn for a short time and probably not closely inspected. And, for costumes, hot-glue is totally fair game if you find yourself in over your head or need to fix any boo-boos! My daughter and I got ...

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Double Brushed Poly Lesson 2

I think teenage Sarah would be so impressed with adult Sarah's wardrobe choices for fall/winter 2018.  I have been sharing on Instagram and my personal blog that I am working on a fall collection that is modern silhouettes with a 90s grunge flair. I named it the Smells Like Fall Spirit Collection (thanks Nirvana for the name inspiration).  This vest is the second completed piece of the collection. The pattern I ...

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Tween Fashion Inspiration

This sweet girl is all about fashion.  She started online window shopping for school clothes in July.  She loves to browse all the trendy websites and is constantly filling shopping carts with the latest looks.  Unfortunately, her tall, lanky frame doesn't work for a lot of ready-to-wear clothing.  She now knows that she can bring me her wish list and we can shop for fabric and patterns to recreate her ...

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Burnside Bibs in a Perfect Fall Linen

Linen is one of those fabrics I thoroughly enjoy sewing with and wearing.  Who am I kidding, it's one of those fabrics I will buy just to add to my stash!  Apparel linen is comfortable, wears well, and gets softer with each wash.  One of my favorite things about it is that it has that "crumpled" look, and it's ok, because linen is so wonderful that no one questions the ...

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