Category: Maker

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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 …
Recipes

Strawberry Fig Chipotle Jam

This all natural, no-pectin strawberry fig chipotle jam is so tasty! It’s smoky, sweet, and spicy all rolled into one. (If spicy isn’t your bag, simply leave the chipotle out. But I recommend you try it!) What is jam and how is it different from jelly, preserves, etc? I used …
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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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2020 Amazon Prime Day Deals for Makers

Amazon Prime Day is next week, and is actually a 48-hour event. Beginning at midnight PDT Tuesday, October 13th it runs through the 14th at 11:59 pm in the Pacific time zone. Marketers are considering this the start of the holiday shopping season, 6 weeks earlier than Black Friday. 2020 …
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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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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 …
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How to Sew a Woven T-shirt from a Button-Up Pattern

I learned I could sew a woven t-shirt from a button-up pattern when I thought I’d screwed up a recent project. Turns out this is a pretty useful hack for a lazy sewist like me! I was working on the Melody Dolman pattern which is a woven button-up shirt. It’s …
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Game Day Jersey for Him

The Love Notions Game Day Jersey was one of May’s Sew My Style two featured patterns. T-shirts are a wardrobe staple so I was excited to make a couple of these for both me and Ryan. And clearly the pictures were taken back in May, too. Hence the lumberjack beard …