Sewing Clothes with Quilting Cottons – Part 1

Quilting cottons are inexpensive as fabric goes, come in a huge variety of fun prints and colorful solids, and are very easy to sew. Don’t let the “quilting” part fool you - you can sew clothes with quilting cottons too! With some thoughtful pattern selection, you can have great results using quilting cottons for clothing. Obviously, don’t choose a pattern that needs stretch, because quilting cotton has none. Also, it has ...

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J.Crew-Inspired Fulton Sweater Blazer

Hello friends!  I have something a bit different to share with you today! As sewists, I’m sure we’re all inspired by rtw (ready-to-wear) from time to time and happily modify amazing patterns to suit our vision. While I don’t do this too often, I’m certainly no exception. And admittedly, as much as I love drooling over the high-end runway designs, when it comes to actually making something, shops such as J.Crew ...

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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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Adding a Dusting of Pink to a Neutral Wardrobe

Hello again, friends! Has anyone else been reevaluating their wardrobe lately? Particularly now we've started a new year? I definitely have and I'm rather pleased with this latest addition. For the last year or two, I've focused a lot of my sewing efforts on basic pieces in neutral colors. It's great because I always reach for a handmade item first when dressing. But, that focus has been a stark contrast to ...

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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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