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2019 Best Summer Dress Patterns for Knit Fabric

Earlier this week I listed my favorite woven dress patterns. Now, here’s the best summer dress patterns for knit fabric! Are knit dresses better than woven dresses? Not necessarily. They’re sometimes more comfortable. Their stretchy factor can make them secret pajamas. Which is just a funny way of saying that …
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2019 Best Summer Dress Patterns for Woven Fabric

The best summer dresses are light and airy. That means that the best summer dress patterns for wovens are made with lightweight and airy fabrics. The summer heat is definitely upon us. Despite living in Southern California and growing up in the infamous San Fernando Valley, I hate heat. This …
Maker

3 Lessons Learned from The 100 Day Project

The 100 Day Project finally ended this last week. Did I end my art project with a whimper or a bang? And what did I learn? What is this 100 days thing? The 100 Day Project is a self-driven opportunity to explore your own creativity. It’s free and there are …
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Hacking the Pattern – McCall’s 6744, Part 2

A year ago I posted about a McCall’s 6744 hack that in itself was already 8 months old at the time. It was a racerback tank top hack of View A/B I’d made in early 2017. It’s now summer 2019. And I just remembered I never posted Part 2 of …
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Chalk & Notch Orchid Midi Dress Pattern Review

The Chalk & Notch Orchid is a midi dress, which is why its full name is the Orchid Midi. But I didn’t actually make a midi dress, cuz I’m short! What is a midi dress? According to Wikipedia, it’s a dress that hits around the calf. It’s also called “tea” …
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New Look 6414 Pattern Review

New Look 6414 was part of my mom’s wish list from 2018. So for her birthday, I sewed up View D in floral quilting cotton. Unlike most Big 4 patterns, this one has a beefy description (relatively speaking): Misses’ loose fitting blouse has V-neck with bell or short sleeves with …
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How to Create a Back Slit on the Orchid Midi Skirt

Today’s hack is on how to create a back slit on the Orchid Midi. Spoiler alert: it’s SUPER easy. If you read Tuesday’s post, you already know how to shorten the skirt and also make the A-line slightly more narrow. Aside from the midi-length, the other defining feature of the …
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How to Shorten and Narrow a Skirt

When you shorten or narrow a skirt, you save a bunch of fabric! Or, if you’re short on fabric, either is a good way to get a similar look more efficiently. Today I’m going to use the Project Sew My Style pattern of the month, the Chalk & Notch Orchid …
Recipes

How to Make Legendary Green Salsa

Today I’m going to share an old family recipe, my dad’s legendary green salsa. This is my dad, Louie. View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Paulette Font-Erato (@pfont) on Jun 4, 2019 at 2:17pm PDT He, despite not being Mexican or a trained chef, is an …
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New Look 6892 – Pattern Review and Fit Hack

New Look 6892 was on my mom’s wish list since last spring. Like the terribly distracted daughter I am, I couldn’t make it for her until this past Mother’s Day. It only took 13 months, and she looks beautiful in it! It’s a surprisingly quick and easy pattern too (especially …