Category: DIY Fashion

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4 Cute Summer Blouses You Can Make Yourself

With the possibility of finally going back outside (if the world doesn’t melt) cute summer blouses that are also easy to make are top of mind. This isn’t an exhaustive list of sewing patterns, by any means! But it’s a great starter list that includes some of the more popular …
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Top 5 Sewing Patterns of 2020

There will be some familiar names and looks in my list of top 5 sewing patterns of 2020. Because what I found comfort in during the collectively weirdest year of all was returning to some old favorites. I love these #SewingTop5 lists. I focus on my wins, which is another …
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Fabric Storage

Fabric storage shouldn’t be controversial, right? It’s fabric for crying out loud! But I like a little bit of harmless controversy. So let’s do this. Pinterest is littered with beautiful rainbows of posts like these: Well I contend that storing your fabric all pretty and visible like that is terrible …
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M7206 Color-Blocked for Minerva

Are you still curious about M7206, the McCalls retro bowling shirt? I’ve talked about it many times: In linen In silk without front curved seams In silk with curved seams In cotton shirting Then you’re in luck because I just made another one—and this one is color blocked! I posted …
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Sew DIY – Sew My Style 2020 Designer Q&A

I learned about Beth and Sew DIY when I was researching companies for Sew My Style 2020 last year. Her product line was recommended by another pattern designer because of the inclusive size range (US size 0-32). Then I learned she lives in the Los Angeles area too and we …
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Helen’s Closet – Sew My Style 2020 Designer Q&A

Helen’s Closet has been a Sew My Style featured pattern company since 2018. Helen has made her Suki robe, Blackwood cardigan, and now, Pona jacket all available for the annual sewing challenge. I had the pleasure of being on Helen’s and partner Caroline’s podcast Love to Sew earlier this year. …
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Simplicity 1108 Robe Pattern Review

I’ve owned the beginner-friendly sewing pattern Simplicity 1108 for a few years now. In fact, remember the Bat Dress (Simplicity 8091)? I bought them at the same time, way back in 2017! What both of these Simplicity patterns have in common is that they are listed as Misses’ Kimonos. L’sigh. …
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Blank Slate Patterns – Sew My Style 2020 Designer Q&A

Melissa Mora’s company Blank Slate Patterns has been on my radar since I started sewing. I was introduced to it very early on because I won a contest that entitled me to a free pattern from her line. I joined her mailing list to get the free Blank Slate Patterns …
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Melody Dolman Pattern Review

The Melody Dolman rocketed to the top of my list recently. I wanted a camp shirt for summer, and I’ve made the men in my life 4 of them, so it’s my turn! What is a camp shirt? Think of a Hawaiian shirt or a bowling shirt. It’s a very …
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Pattern Scout – Sew My Style 2020 Designer Q&A

Pattern Scout’s Lulu Cardigan is one of the featured patterns this month for Sew My Style. When PS designer Casey suggested the pattern, I was excited because it has been on my to-make list for quite some time! Casey was originally an architect before designing her own patterns! She outlines …