Category: DIY Fashion

Sewing

The Definitive Guide to a Sewing Starter Kit: Pressing Tools

So what are pressing tools and what does pressing have to do with sewing? Oh, just about EVERYTHING!! Want to know a secret? Sewing is only 10% sitting in front of your machine. The rest of the time you’re adjusting, cutting, unsewing, and most of all: pressing (aka ironing). Most …
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The Definitive Guide to a Sewing Starter Kit: Marking Tools

Marking tools can be used on paper or fabric, and I’ve separated them on this list. They’re all also pretty inexpensive which is a great bonus! When you’re cutting your fabric, you sometimes have to add certain markings to it to guide your sewing later. These markings require specialty tools so …
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The Definitive Guide to a Sewing Starter Kit: Measuring Tools

When I first started sewing, I had NO IDEA how much math goes into it. There’s a TON of math. Like algebra and geometry level math. And you know what you need for geometry? Rulers! AKA measuring tools! Measurements are EVERYWHERE in sewing. You need to know your own body …
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The Definitive Guide to a Sewing Starter Kit: Cutting Tools

Now that you’ve settled on your sewing machine, and all its necessary accessories, what cutting tools do you ACTUALLY need. Cutting tools? So…like scissors? Yup! But in this case, there are specialty scissors for just about every single type of cutting you can think of. And THE MOST IMPORTANT thing to …
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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 …
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 …