Category: DIY Fashion

Pattern Hacks & Tutorials

Turning the Ilford Jacket into a Shirt

I turned the Ilford Jacket pattern into a shirt for my husband last month. It was one of the two Sew My Style patterns for February, and the man can always use new shirts. The Ilford Jacket is a very boxy unisex pattern, which means there is no shaping to …
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Laela Jeyne Patterns – Sew My Style 2020 Designer Q&A

Laela Jeyne Patterns designer Marisa Ryniak has made two of her patterns available for Sew My Style 2020: March’s Willa Vest and the Reed Trousers in August. Willa Vest Reed Trousers For people who prefer a full jacket instead of just a vest, the Willa also has the option of …
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2020 Movie Costume Exhibit at FIDM, Part 1

FIDM’s 2020 movie costume exhibit is now in its 28th year. Its real name is the Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design and the exhibit was full of eye candy. It’s not just Oscar-nominated films that are on display, but the exhibit does coincide with the Academy Awards. So the nominees and …
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Friday Pattern Company – Sew My Style 2020 Designer Q&A

Based in northern California, Chelsea Gurnoe is the pattern designer behind Friday Pattern Company. This is one of the two featured pattern companies for February’s Sew My Style challenge. What is Sew My Style? Check it out here! Chelsea and Friday Pattern Company recently released the unisex Ilford Jacket and …
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McCall’s 7206: The Easy Men’s TNT Shirt Pattern

I’ve posted about McCall’s 7206 men’s camp shirt pattern before. It’s a vintage-style bowling shirt and pretty easy shirt to make. So far I’ve made one for Ryan and my dad Louie has received two. Louie in lavender linen Louie in brown silk Ryan in plaid cotton shirting And then …
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The Mendy Project: An Intentional Challenge

Updated Jan 4, 2022. The Mendy Project came up when I was writing about my intentions for 2020. 2022 already has a long list of maker challenges, so what’s another one!? Let’s all be “mendy-lorians” and repair the stuff we have laying around. Repair and reuse! What is The Mendy …
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Simplicity 8323 Vintage Robe Pattern Review

The Simplicity 8323 pattern was released in 1985, so it falls well within one of the definitions of vintage fashion. From Live About: The term “vintage” is used to describe clothing between 20 and 100 years old that is also clearly representative of the era in which it was produced. …
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Stephanie Thiel & Rad Patterns ā€“ Sew My Style 2020 Designer Q&A

Stephanie Thiel is the superstar designer behind Rad Patterns. Rad is, in a word, RAD. This year for Sew My Style, we’re featuring TWO of Rad’s patterns. Because Rad Patterns is only one of a handful of companies that offer inclusive sizing for all genders, we asked Stephanie if we …
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Enhance Your Closet with Sew My Style 2020

Sew My Style 2020 launched with the clock striking midnight on January 1st and it’s a great way to enhance your closet this year. As of today we have nearly 3,500 people subscribed and many of them are new to sewing. It’s an exciting way to get into garment sewing. …
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Megan Nielsen – Sew My Style 2020 Designer Q&A

Megan Nielsen is unique from the Sew My Style perspective. She is the only pattern designer to have supported the sewing challenge from the very beginning! She has supplied patterns for the sewing challenge every year since its inception in 2017. The first year we sewed up the Briar Sweater …