Category: DIY Fashion

Pattern Reviews

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 …